[Loscho_Enews] Fwd: Your Help Needed to Support Tourism in Washington

Snocoheritage snocoheritage at gmail.com
Tue Dec 6 19:22:43 PST 2016

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From: Snohomish County Tourism Bureau <amy at snohomish.org>
Date: Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 8:45 AM
Subject: Your Help Needed to Support Tourism in Washington
To: info at snocoheritage.org

December 6, 2016

Dear Snohomish County Tourism Partners,

Your help is needed to demonstrate the importance of tourism!

Washington State closed its tourism office in 2011, leaving us as the only
state in the nation without a state tourism marketing program. While
visitors to the Greater Seattle area have continued to be strong, many of
our smaller and rural communities have struggled to keep vital tourism
dollars (and the resulting jobs and tax revenues) flowing to their
communities and businesses.

Tourism impacts more than hotels, restaurants and destinations. It benefits
retailers, outdoor recreation, state parks, ports and cities….and
ultimately the taxpayers of Washington. More than $1.8 billion in local and
state tax revenues are generated directly from tourism and it is
responsible for more than 170,000 jobs. Tourism is a significant part of
the economy in Snohomish County, and it’s critical that we continue to grow
this industry.

In 2017, the Washington Tourism Alliance will present legislation that
reinstates the State Tourism Office. Among other things, such a state-run
program will include a funding package and advertising campaign to help
promote tourism.

Your support is needed in order to successfully pass this bipartisan
legislation this year. Here’s what you can do:

1. Join the Grassroots Network! To do so, visit the Washington Tourism
Alliance website (http://watourismalliance.com/tourismworks) and fill out
the online form.

2. Save the date! The 2017 Washington Tourism Summit and Day
will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 24 in Olympia at The Washington Center for
Performing Arts. The Summit will have an engaging and informative program,
plus critical tourism advocacy efforts with legislators.

3. Contact your local legislators and share why tourism is important to you
and our economy.
​See Co
ntact information for Snohomish County legislators
On the website you’ll find helpful tools like sample letters, answers to
frequently asked questions, and talking points.

4. Stay informed! Get the most up-to-date news on this important
legislation by “liking” the
WTA Facebook
page or following WTA on Twitter.

Previous legislation under consideration did not move forward because there
was not demonstrated support for tourism by community members. Legislators
have shared that they want to hear from more constituents across the state.
This means that your outreach to your legislator is important!

Tourism works for Washington and Snohomish County! Join us in making it a
priority! Don’t delay; call your legislators today.


Amy Spain
Executive Director
Snohomish County Tourism Bureau
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