8e. Memo

International Travel Authorization 2024 2nd Quarter

AGENDA MEMORANDUM                 Item No.               8e 
ACTION ITEM                           Date of Meeting        April 16, 2024 

DATE:     April 8, 2024 
TO:        Stephen P. Metruck, Executive Director 
FROM:    Karin Zaugg Black, International Business Protocol Liaison 
LeeAnne Schirato, Commission Deputy Chief of Staff 
Aaron Pritchard, Commission Chief of Staff 
SUBJECT:  Approval of Commission International Travel – Second Quarter 2024 Requests. 
Commission approval of international travel requests for known travel in the second quarter of
Article III(5)(h)  of the Commission’s Bylaws and Rules of Procedure requires approval of
Commissioner international travel requests by Commission authorization. The authorization shall
include: the number of commissioners traveling (if applicable), the port-related reason for travel,
and the dates and destination of travel. International travel requests shall be submitted to the
Commission Office 21 days in advance of each calendar quarter. Travel change requests for
previously approved international travel shall again be put before the full Commission for review
and action. Commissioners not receiving advanced travel authorization for international travel
shall report to the Commission regarding the purpose of their travel, dates of travel, location of
travel, benefit received by the Port through the travel, and shall seek majority approval of the
post-travel authorization in order to submit claims for travel expense reimbursement. Travel
requests of Commissioners should be equitable to all members and consistent with the interests
of the Port. Domestic travel requests are approved by the Commission President consistent with
the requirements of Article III(5)(h). 
The following are known travel requests for approval as of this authorization date: 

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Travel   No. of      Reason      for  Destination    Other Information 
Dates    Attendees   Travel 
April     1              Seattle Metro     Seoul,           This International Leadership Mission
13 - 20                 Chamber and     Daejeon, and   of regional leaders from Snohomish,
Greater Seattle   Busan, South   King, and Pierce counties will study
Partners’         Korea          insights and best practices from Seoul,
Regional                        Busan, and Daejeon, focusing on key
International                     sectors such as Aerospace, Bio/Life
Leadership                     Sciences, Clean Tech, Education, and
Mission to                       Maritime. The trip includes a visit to
South Korea                     Port of Seattle’s sister port of Busan,
South Korea, with a chance for
Commissioner Sam Cho to showcase
our sister port’s activities to this
regional group of leaders, and further
engage our port partners. 
April     1              Coast Salish        Port of Kobe,   Port of Seattle, City of Seattle, Lummi
20 - 24                 Story Pole         Japan           Nation, Puyallup Tribe, and Seattle-
Dedication in                     Kobe Sister City Association mission to
Kobe, Japan                      Kobe to dedicate a new Coast Salish
Story Pole gift to the City/Port of Kobe. 
The original Story Pole carved by
Lummi Nation carver Joseph Hillaire
stood by Kobe City Hall from 1961-
2015, and this new Story Pole carved
by Puyallup Tribe carver Shaun
Peterson will stand in the park near
Kobe City Hall, marking 67 years of
sister city, 57 years of sister port
relations with Kobe. Commissioner
Cho will also meet with Port of Kobe
leaders during the visit. 
April     1              Global              Stockholm,     The Global Sustainable Tourism
20 - 26                 Sustainable       Sweden         Council Conference aims to unite
Tourism Council                  global and local tourism professionals
engaged in advancing and advocating
for sustainable travel and tourism. This
includes participants from the public
sector, hotels, tour operators,
corporates, online travel agencies,

Template revised June 27, 2019 (Diversity in Contracting).

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academic institutions, development
organizations, non-governmental
organizations, consultants, and a
variety of other stakeholders. 
Commissioner Felleman will attend
the conference to network and gather
best practices that will help enhance
the Port’s tourism work, related to our
cruise business, airport, and overall
sustainable tourism. 
May    1          United Nations   Barbados      United Nations Conference for Trade
21-24                Conference for                  & Development (UNCTAD) and
Trade and                     Government of Barbados’ Global
Development                 Supply Chain Forum focusing on
(UNCTAD)                   transportation, logistics, resilient
Global Supply                   supply chains, and trade facilitation for
Chain Forum                    sustainable development.
Commissioner Cho has been invited to
speak on a panel hosted by the
International Association of Ports &
Harbors (IAPH) focused on energy

Template revised June 27, 2019 (Diversity in Contracting).


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