Outbound Missions

Business & Trade Missions

We are experts in organizing sector-focused business & trade missions to overseas markets annually, which give our member companies the following opportunities:

  • Explore business environment and prospects in key international markets
  • Direct access to government officials, business and education leaders, potential investors
  • Establish new business relationships with dynamic global companies
  • Help promote Greater Seattle region and Washington State

What’s next?

2017 Business Development to the United Arab Emirates

November 9 - 17, 2017

Dubai | Abu Dhabi

General info and Registration: Shelly Hutcheson, shellyh@seattletradealliance.com

For more information on the UAE Mission, CLICK HERE!

Objectives of our Business & Trade Missions

  • Enhancing local understanding of the current economic conditions and business opportunities in overseas markets
  • Enabling delegates to meet specific business objectives, ranging from exposure to market opportunities to making individual contacts
  • Educating delegates on the cultural and social aspects of the business environment in the host city and country
  • Developing and expanding relationships between the business, government and multiplier organizations in and outside of our region
  • Promoting Washington state and the Greater Seattle region and our international business, port, and education resources
  • Enhancing relationships between Greater Seattle and Washington state business, education, government and labor leaders

Mission Activities

In each of the cities visited, activities include some or all of the following activities:

  • Meetings with business representatives, local chambers of commerce or other similar organizations
  • Receptions with government and business leaders as funding is secured
  • Tours of facilities and other sites tailored to delegation's composition and priorities
  • Briefings with U.S. government officials
  • Meetings with representatives of leading government offices and agencies
  • Individual business appointments, depending on feasibility and business requests

Where We’ve Been

  • 2017: International Leadership Mission to Mexico
  • 2017: Business Development Mission to Japan
  • 2016: Cleantech Business Mission to Taiwan
  • 2016: International Leadership Mission to Hong Kong and China (Shenzhen)
  • 2015: International Business Mission to India (Mumbai and Chennai)
  • 2015: International Leadership Mission to Amsterdam & Brussels 
  • 2014: Life Sciences Business & Investment Mission to China (Beijing & Shanghai)
  • 2013: Cleantech Business Mission to Scandanavia (Copenhagen, Stockholm)
  • 2013: Aerospace Business Mission to UAE (Abu Dhabi & Dubai)
  • 2012: Cleantech Business Mission to China (Beijing, Tianjin and Shanghai)
  • 2010: Greater China
  • 2009: Vietnam
  • 2008: Northeast China (Beijing, Tianjin, Dalian, and Qingdao)
  • 2007: Southeast Asia (Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Thailand)
  • 2006: India (Mumbai, Bangalore, and Delhi)
  • 2005: Hong Kong & South China (Hong Kong, Zhuhai, Shenzhen, Guanghzhou, Zhaoqing, Fuzhou, Haikou)
  • 2004: Japan (Kyushu, Kansai, Nagoya, and Tokyo)
  • 2003: Ireland and N. Ireland (Dublin, Belfast, and Derry)
  • 2002: UK, Netherlands and Brussels (London, Bristol, Cambridge, Amsterdam, and Brussels)
  • 2001: Germany and Central Europe
  • 2001: Taiwan and South Korea
  • 2000: China
  • 1999: Japan (Tokyo, Sendai, Nagoya, Kobe, Osaka)
  • 1997: South America
  • 1996: India
  • 1995: United Kingdom
  • 1995: China
  • 1994: Vietnam
  • 1993: Exploratory Mission to Vietnam
  • 1992: Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China

If you want specific information on past missions, contact Samantha Paxton, 206.389.7289

International Leadership Missions

We partner with the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce each year to bring Greater Seattle leaders from government, business, education, and nonprofits to a dynamic international region.

The purpose of the trip is to foster stronger and deeper relationships and lasting connections with key global leaders and businesses for the betterment of the Seattle region economy. 

  • Learn from the best in the business – Engage business leaders in the fastest growing economies on their thinking, operations, and best practices
  • Gain insights on Seattle’s competitiveness – Benchmark Seattle against the best global cities in the world
  • Grow your business network globally –Build and enhance lasting partnerships with local business leaders

What’s next?

More information coming soon.

Objectives of International Leadership Missions

  • Promotion of Greater Seattle
    • To utilize the size and caliber of the delegation to build international awareness of Greater Seattle and its business, port, tourism, and educational opportunities.
    • To develop a supplemental program of VIP visits, press and promotional opportunities to enhance the knowledge of our region or to target specific projects.
  • Benchmarking - Learning from Other Cities
    • To develop a program that enhances the ability of Greater Seattle and Washington state decision-makers to gain a unique insight to the best practices and triumphs of other successful cities around the world.
    • To compare our region's success to that of other cities and implement lessons learned to position Greater Seattle as an even stronger international force.
  • General Market and Business Relationship Building
    • To capitalize on the unique opportunity the International Leadership Mission affords in having high-level Greater Seattle industry and government leaders collaborate and strengthen ties with the region we visit.
    • To make intentional, focused efforts to develop relations for Greater Seattle with leaders of targeted sectors and industries in the cities we visit, corresponding to the strengths of our region.
  • Local Relationship Building
    • To enhance relationships amongst Greater Seattle and Washington state business, education, government and labor leaders within the delegation.

Where We’ve Been

  • 2016: Hong Kong and Shenzhen
  • 2015: Amsterdam, Netherlands and Brussels, Belgium
  • 2014: Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Vietnam
  • 2013: Paris, France
  • 2012: Valparaiso, Viña del Mar and Santiago, Chile
  • 2011: Scotland and England, United Kingdom
  • 2010: Daejeon and Seoul, Korea
  • 2009: Abu Dhabi and Dubai, UAE
  • 2008: Helsinki, Finland and Tallinn, Estonia
  • 2007: Fukuoka and Kitakyushu, Japan
  • 2006: Melbourne and Victoria, Australia
  • 2005: Ireland and Northern Ireland
  • 2004: Munich, Germany
  • 2003: Shanghai and Suzhou, China
  • 2002: Barcelona, Spain
  • 2001: Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2000: Berlin, Germany
  • 1999: Sydney, Australia
  • 1998: Singapore
  • 1997: London and Bristol, United Kingdom
  • 1996: Hong Kong, China
  • 1994: Kansai Region, Japan
  • 1992: Amsterdam and Rotterdam, Netherlands