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Tourism Development focuses on attracting visitors from seven key overseas markets including Japan, China, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Korea and Australia/New Zealand. Tourism partners with Visit Seattle to promote our destination to international visitors through public relations and special promotions with travel trade, consumer and social media.

Tourism also develops and maintains relationships throughout the region and state with the shared goal of increasing the economic benefits of tourism. 

Tourism programs at the Port of Seattle

Two unique marketing support programs are available statewide that assist the destination marketing organizations in marketing all of Washington to potential visitors from the USA and internationally​​​​:

Spotlight programSpotlight Advertising Opportunities: As described above, this program is open to cities and tourism destination marketing organizations statewide. It provides 18 advertising opportunities throughout concourses and baggage claim at Sea-Tac Airport. Organizations pay for production and installation.

Read more about applying to the Spotlight program.

Tourism iconTourism Marketing Support Program: The intent of the program is to enhance our region's attractiveness as a tourist destination by promoting tourist options in the state for visitors who use the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Port cruise terminals or marinas. The Port provides matching support to non-profit organizations in promoting their destination to visitors.

The application period for the Tourism Marketing Support Program is open now through Feb. 23, 2018 at 2 p.m.