The audience was active at the August luncheon, and we ran considerably past our usual 1:30 deadline. It wasn’t because Kevin kept talking, it was because our audience kept asking questions. Kevin proved to be a very interesting business executive offering a his “insider” view of the tourism industry in Washington. And he also shared insights into the impact the construction projects are having on the waterfront businesses over the next few years. Whether the tunneling of the replacement for the viaduct (old Hwy 99) or the replacement of the seawall, the big projects are going to disrupt the tourism venues on the piers north of the Ferry Terminal to the Aquarium. There is a lot going on related to tourism, and Kevin was the right guy to give us the insider view.
Kevin Clark is the owner and CEO of Argosy Cruises. As one of the most public and most tourist-oriented of Seattle’s waterfront businesses, Kevin finds the fate of his business very tied to the fate of tourism in Seattle (and by extension the whole state of Washington.). His service as Chair of the Washington Tourism Alliance is truly a public service as he leads the effort to fill the vacuum left by the State’s elimination of funding for promoting our state’s tourism.