Annual Dinner


Rick Steves: Political Impact of Business & Leisure Travel

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October 6, 2009, from 5:30 to 8:30pm
Four Seasons Ballroom

The World Trade Club's annual dinner has a long history as one of Washington State's foremost business gatherings and is consistently attended by hundreds of professionals with an interest in international business and our global community.

We are pleased to announce that our keynote speaker for this special event will be 
Rick Steves, renown travel author whose latest book is titled Travel As A Political Act. In his new book, acclaimed travel writer Rick Steves explains how to travel more thoughtfully—to any destination. He shares a series of field reports from Europe, Central America, Asia, and the Middle East to show how his travels have shaped his politics and broadened his perspective. If you travel internationally for business or leisure, you won't want to miss this event! We invite you to join us for an informative evening and a chance to bid on a variety of fabulous auction items benefitting the World Trade Club Education Fund. 

Travel as a Political Act  
Rick Steves--author of 30 European travel guidebooks and host of the PBS-TV series, Rick Steves' Europe--believes that thoughtful travel expands our world view and shapes how we address the challenges confronting our nation politically. Having spent four months a year overseas for the last 25 years, Rick feels that travel helps us “challenge truths we were raised to think were self-evident and God-given.” His classes have helped millions of Americans not only enjoy maximum travel thrills per mile, minute and euro…but become better citizens of our planet. Rick shares how the other 96 percent of humanity sees our nation and explores how his social activism has grown naturally out of his travel experiences. He’s fresh back from lots of travels (including a TV production trip to Iran) and will be on hand after his talk for questions and autographs.

Rick Steves grew up in Edmonds, Washington. He studied at the University of Washington where he received degrees in Business Administration and European History. But his real education came in Europe. Since 1973 he’s spent 120 days a year in Europe. Having spent a third of his adult life living out of a suitcase in Europe has shaped his thinking. Today he employs 80 people at his Edmonds-based company, Europe Through the Back Door, where he produces 30 guidebooks on European travel, the popular “Rick Steves’ Europe” public television series, a weekly hour-long public radio show which airs all over the USA, and a weekly column syndicated by the Chicago Tribune. Rick and his wife Anne have traveled each of the last 18 years with their two kids, Andy and Jackie.

Cost (Includes dinner, drinks, business program, and fundraising auction):

  • $95 for Members of the World Trade Club
  • $125 for Non-Members
  • $50 for Students

Corporate Table Sponsorship Available: Click here for Sponsorship Benefits
(Note: Table seats 10 people)

Corporate Sponsorship: $1,850

Non-profit or Civic Table Sponsorship: $1,250 

The dinner will include a fundraiser benefitting the World Trade Club Education Fund.