"I work with a number of CVBs and I so appreciate the client-focused approach in Yakima. I have worked with them for many years, and have always appreciated the team. I have always enjoyed how all the vendors in Yakima know each other and work together well (the hotels, convention center, visitor's bureau, etc.) and that representatives visit us onsite during the event to make sure all details are going well. I appreciate all of your work in the Yakima Valley and the organization around this - which also comes in the form of improvement of the area, support of downtown businesses and economic growth around the state. When we first started events in Yakima, the hops business was nowhere near as successful as it is today - and that was very interesting to see firsthand, and I hope that it brings new and renewed interest and investment to the area. We have been proud to be a part of this for the past 10+ years."
Julie Tieman, Director of Conference Services, College of Business, University of Nevada Reno
"I am so impressed with the relationship that WMEA has with Yakima and the can-do attitudes I encountered in every aspect in dealing with the Convention Center staff, hotels, catering and so forth. The conference went smoothly and people were really happy including the WMEA board."
Scott Ketron, Executive Director of WA Music Educators Association
"In planning conferences throughout the U.S., I find the Yakima Valley team developing into a well-greased machine. Throughout the research phase of finding and negotiating a location for your event or conference, Brynn Kloster, Director of Convention & Group Sales for the Yakima Valley VCB, steers that process of responding to a RFP in a way which results in an efficient, informative and productive proposal. The entire community of facilities and hotels in Yakima work together better than I've see in other destinations. Open communication, the ability to actually hear you out and come up with solutions, plus a dynamic customer service orientation, are just a smidgen of the reasons why I am always pleased to be able to plan and execute an event in Yakima, WA."
Joanie Pop, President, Event Dynamics, Inc.
"This was our first truck show in Yakima, WA and the visitor's bureau went out of their way to make a positive impact on our show. The staff helped provide unique tour ideas to the trucking industry as well as the area and reached out to connections to make them happen and didn't take no for an answer. They went out of their way to make our guests feel welcome and assisted in finding hotels, advertising, maps, hospitality and much more that helped attract more attendees. Yakima was a very welcoming city who opened their arms and extended help in many areas to make our show a success. It will be one of our most memorable shows!"
Shelley Ruhlman, Managing Director of the American Truck Historical Society
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