Following the grand opening of the Marriott Tacoma Downtown hotel this week, Travel Tacoma Mt. Rainier — Tourism & Sports discussed in a release how the new addition will be beneficial to meetings, leisure travel, and events in the city.

“The opening of the Marriott Tacoma Downtown represents a new, forward-looking chapter in Tacoma’s history as a meetings and events destination,” the organization said in a prepared statement, while noting that large-gathering restrictions due to COVID-19 are still in place in Washington. “Upon the safe, responsible resumption of meetings, events, and travel in Washington state, the new property will enable Pierce County to host larger events than ever before. Specifically, the new hotel opens the destination to more mid-sized national association business, which tend to have larger events, meeting for more days, spending more money in local businesses, and ultimately contributing more economic impact.”

The hotel is managed by Aimbridge Hospitality and connects to the Greater Tacoma Convention Center via a skybridge. As highlighted in the release, the hotel adds 304 guestrooms and 20,000 square feet of meeting and event space to what downtown Tacoma had previously offered.

“Having such a beautiful property adjacent to the Greater Tacoma Convention Center puts Tacoma into contention to host much larger meetings and events than ever before, which benefits the entire county,” said Travel Tacoma CEO and president Dean Burke in the release. “When these meetings and events come to Tacoma, they support restaurants, museums, attractions, and retail not just in Tacoma, but throughout Pierce County. We’re leaning forward with optimism about the pending COVID-19 vaccines, and looking forward to a time when we can again work with our hotel partners like the Marriott Tacoma Downtown to safely host those bigger events in downtown Tacoma.”