Bellevue Fall Convention Spotlight: SNAME Maritime Convention 2016

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SNAME Maritime Convention 2016
Tuesday, November 1 – Saturday, November 5 

Early this November, Bellevue will be hailing the region’s coastal roots with the arrival of SNAME, for their annual convention! We’re thrilled to welcome this internationally-recognized society and their members to Bellevue for a jam-packed week of activity, and some city exploration of course! Never heard of SNAME? Read on for our profile of this eclectic convention group and what they’ll be up during their time in Bellevue, Washington.

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Who: SNAME was organized in 1893, to advance the art, science, and practice of Naval Architecture, Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering. For over a century, members have included Commercial and Governmental Practitioners, Students, and Educators for Naval Architecture, Shipbuilding and Marine/Ocean Engineering.

With nearly 1,300 attendees from across the country, the 2016 SNAME Maritime Convention will bring together maritime professionals from all corners of the industry from designers to researchers to students.

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What: The anticipated convention provides over 50 hours of technical presentations, including topics on ship production, operations, manufacturing research, and engineering design; networking with international leaders; an EXPO with cutting edge industry representation; discussions on Autonomous Shipping, PNW Shipbuilding, Canadian Shipbuilding and LNG Fuels; and the SNAME Annual Banquet/Luncheon where outstanding achievements in the industry will be highlighted.

Why Bellevue: When asked why the group was interested in Bellevue, meeting planner Alana Anderson said, “The Pacific Northwest is a hotbed for the maritime industry—with more than 550 of our members living and working in the region, Bellevue was a natural choice to host our annual convention. We are thrilled to be returning to Washington and can’t wait to welcome our attendees from around the world to the city.”

Tourism Impact: This diverse group is expected to generate nearly $1 million in economic impact for Bellevue and the region including spending on accommodations, transportation, dining, shopping and other activities.

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The majority of SNAME members attending the 2016 SNAME Maritime Convention will be Commercial and Governmental Practitioners, Students, and Educators for Naval Architecture, Shipbuilding and Marine/Ocean Engineering. Attendees will range in age from students to seasoned industry experts.

Photo Credits, Top to Bottom: All photos courtesy of SNAME

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