Date: Wednesday, 14 June 2017
Time: 11:00 AM to 01:30 PM
Member Price: $50.00
Non-Member Price: $65.00
Student Price: $50.00
Additional Cost for Walk-Ins: $5.00
Address: 1400 6th Ave, Seattle, WA
Location: Sheraton Seattle Hotel
Phone: 206-363-9188
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Stop that Plane! Challenging the Travel Ban

Guest speakers Attorney General Bob Ferguson will talk about being at the forefront of the ongoing legal battle against the ban and Port Commissioner Courtney Gregoire will share her powerful "Stop that Plane" story. With their leadership, Washington State is taking a national role with our challenge of the administration's discriminatory travel ban.

During the luncheon, Visit Seattle will address the sharp decline in international travel to the U.S. and the impact the proposed elimination of funding for Brand USA will have on local business. Vincent Yao, Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Seattle, will announce the first-ever LGBT Cultural Mission to Taiwan and Hong Kong scheduled for October 24, 2017.

In addition to the speakers, GSBA will host a pre-luncheon Travel & Tourism Business Expo and will debut the 2017/2018 GSBA Guide & Directory.

11:00am | Travel and Tourism Expo
12:00pm | Program and lunch begins

Expo Tables
$150 | limited number available

Table of 10: $500
Individual tickets: $50 members, $65 non-members


Main Course
Grilled Free-Range Citrus Achiote Chicken Breast, Mixed Greens, Fregola, Pepitas, Dried Corn, Cotija, Avocado, Baby Tomatoes, Tomatillo-Lime Vinaigrette
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Vegan/Gluten Free
Grilled Citrus Achiote Mushrooms, Mixed Greens, Quinoa, Pepitas, Dried Corn, Tofu, Avocado, Baby Tomatoes, Tomatillo-Lime Vinaigrette


Blueberry Granola Buttermilk Sweet Cream Cake

Come early and enjoy meeting other tourism and hospitality members during the Expo prior to the luncheon. If you'd like to have a table at the showcase, please contact Amy Burdick, Business Development Manager.

If you would like the opportunity to promote your business during this event, please contact us about providing a giveaway for the afternoon's drawing.

About Bob Ferguson

FERGUSON_145x135Bob Ferguson is Washington's 18th Attorney General. As the state's chief legal officer, he directs 500 attorneys and 600 professional staff providing legal services to state agencies, Governor and Legislature.

Bob received his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1995. He earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington, where he was student body president. Bob began his legal career in Spokane where he served as a law clerk for Chief Judge W. Fremming Nielsen of the Federal District Court for Eastern Washington. He then clerked for Judge Myron Bright of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in the Midwest. Ferguson returned to Seattle and joined Preston, Gates, and Ellis (now K&L Gates), one of Washington's leading law firms.

In 2003, Bob was elected to the King County Council. In 2005, after the council was reduced from 13 to nine and Bob's district was eliminated, he was re-elected. He was unopposed in 2009.

Bob is a fourth-generation Washingtonian. His family homesteaded on the beautiful Skagit River, which may explain why Bob is such an enthusiastic mountain climber, backpacker, and birder. He has hiked hundreds of miles of Washington trails and climbed many of the state's highest peaks.

About Courtney Gregoire

GREGOIRE_145x135Courtney Gregoire was first elected to the Port of Seattle Commission in 2013, and was re-elected in 2015. Courtney works as a senior attorney for Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit, where she fights technology-facilitated crime against vulnerable populations including children and the elderly.

Commissioner Gregoire’s priorities include growing our regional economy, expanding international trade and tourism, and protecting our shared natural environment. These priorities reflect Courtney’s long-standing commitment to helping communities generate broadly shared prosperity.

Before returning home to Washington State, Courtney spent nearly 10 years working in Washington D.C. in senior-level positions in both the legislative and executive branches. From 2009 to 2012, Courtney served as Director of the National Export Initiative for President Obama and Deputy Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Commerce. She participated in the U.S.-China Legal Exchange and the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT), the primary forum for addressing bilateral trade matters and promoting commercial opportunities between the United States and China.

Before joining the Obama administration, she served as Legislative Director and Chief Counsel for U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell. She previously worked as a policy assistant with the Domestic Policy Council in the White House. Courtney began her career at K&L Gates, an international law firm, counseling companies on legislative and regulatory matters.

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