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2023 State Tourism Statistics Show Uneven Recovery, Opportunity to Drive Additional Revenue

Annual Impacts Report Released as National Travel & Tourism Week Begins SEATTLE (May 20, 2024) – Figures released today by State of Washington Tourism (SWT) indicate continued recovery in Washington State’s visitor volume, expenditures, tax receipts and employment in 2023, though the pace of recovery is uneven across the state and financial gains are undermined by inflation and have not kept pace with other states and employment growth.      The annual Economic Impacts of Visitors in Washington State, compiled for SWT by national travel research firm Tourism Economics, indicates that real spending, inflationary pressures and price increases continued to play a role in visitor spending growth in Washington last year.

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State of Washington Tourism to Administer $3.5M in EDA Grants for Tourism Recovery

Partnership with Department of Commerce spans 2 years Olympia, Wash. (December 4, 2023) — The Washington State Department of Commerce named State of Washington Tourism (SWT) to administer $3.5 million in Economic Development Administration (EDA) block grant funds to assist in tourism industry pandemic recovery after a competitive RFP process.  The destination planning and development grants will be dispersed through a competitive, needs-based grant program intended for Washington’s local, city, county and tribal governments, destination marketing organizations (DMOs), and other nonprofit organizations involved with travel and tourism.

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SWT, Port of Seattle Appoint Black Diamond as UK & Ireland PR Agency

AUGUST 1, 2023 – State of Washington Tourism (SWT) and the Port of Seattle have appointed London-based integrated communications agency Black Diamond to manage its public relations, consumer, and travel trade activity in the UK and Ireland.  Washington State is home to an abundance of natural wonders with three national parks – Mount Rainier, North Cascades, and Olympic – offering stunning encounters with nature, in addition to the San Juan Islands. Starting August 1, Black Diamond’s strategy will position the State of Washington as a desirable tourism destination beyond Seattle, with a particular focus on increasing and encouraging visitation to the rural regions for slow travel and soft adventures.

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Walla Walla Selected for Rural Tourism Support Program

SEATTLE (June 5, 2023) – The Walla Walla region will participate in the next Rural Tourism Support (RTS) program by State of Washington Tourism (SWT). Visit Walla Walla will serve as the lead for tourism stakeholders in Wallla Walla County and surrounding areas.

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Latest Tourism Statistics Point to Industry’s Potential to Drive Additional Revenue for Washington State

Annual State Tourism Impacts Released as National Tourism Week Begins SEATTLE – Figures released today by State of Washington Tourism (SWT) indicate continued recovery in Washington State’s visitor volume, expenditures, tax receipts and employment in 2022, though financial gains are undermined by inflation, have not kept pace with other states and employment growth continues to fall short of pre-pandemic benchmarks.      The annual Economic Impacts of Visitors in Washington State, compiled by national travel research firm Tourism Economics for SWT, was released today in advance of National Travel and Tourism Week, May 7-13.

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Recipients of Tourism Development Grants Announced

State of Washington Tourism will award a combined $270,000 in grant funding to 25 recipients across all 11 regional destinations SEATTLE (Oct. 26, 2022) – In a first for the industry, State of Washington Tourism (SWT) has announced the grant recipients of two tourism development programs.

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Industry Awards Presented at State Tourism Conference

Three industry veterans inducted into Tourism Hall of Leadership SEATTLE (October 18, 2022) – State of Washington Tourism inaugurated a new award program last week at its conference, conferring recognitions for Outstanding Marketing Campaign, Rising Star in Tourism, and Destination Stewardship. Three industry veterans were also inducted into the new Tourism Hall of Leadership.

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