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Tourism Industry Applauds Legislative Funding Support

The budget allocation underwrites the basics of a targeted marketing program in 2014 and 2015. Funds are specifically allocated for the state’s destination website for travelers, a tourism call center, tourism research and international marketing. Read more here.

Travel Powers Washington State

ANASeattle is an international city, and even the British media are catching on. A delegation of Washington State civic, tourism and political leaders are visiting the United Kingdom to remind travel planners and tourism promotion groups that Seattle is the Green Gateway for international trade and tourism in the Pacific Northwest.
Take a look at this recent article posted in about what Seattle and the region have to offer to the U.K. traveler. 

The Port of Seattle promotes international tourism to Seattle and Washington state because tourism contributes to the region’s economic vitality, one of the port’s key strategies. In 2010, tourists visiting Washington spent $15.2 billion, generating $1 billion in state tax revenues, creating 144,000 direct jobs, according to the U.S. Travel Association.
The port’s International Tourism program’s goal is to promote our city, state and region as an international tourism destination, and to enhance community commitment to this effort.  The port’s long-standing partner in this effort is Seattle’s Convention and Visitors Bureau. A founding member of the Washington Tourism Alliance, the port also works  closely with private-sector companies and attractions, including Argosy Cruises, Clipper Vacations, The Space Needle, hotels, restaurants and many other attractions in Seattle and around the state.

Tourism Matters

The first full week of May is annually recognized as National Travel and Tourism Week. Its purpose is to champion the power of travel. As one of America’s largest industries, travel and tourism generated $1.9 trillion in economic output nationally last year.
Tourism matters to Seattle's, King County’s and the state’s economic prosperity as well. In Washington State alone, travel spending was $16.4 billion in 2011, generating almost $1 billion in local and state tax revenues, and supporting 150,900 jobs, with earnings/payroll of $4.5 million.

By Air and By Sea

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, with 33.2 million passengers in 2012, is served by 13 international airlines serving 16 non-stop international destinations with an average of 44 international daily departures. Seattle is also the cruise gateway to Alaska featuring seven cruise lines offering 187 cruise ship visits and nearly 853,000 passengers.

Why Seattle

Seattle Big Wheel
Seattle offers a vibrant urban center surrounded by snow-capped mountains and sparkling waterways. Situated on the edge of Puget Sound, Seattle is the natural jumping off point for visitors’ Northwest getaway. The region offers numerous attractions, a rich musical heritage, coffee culture and world class cuisine. And, Washington has more than 800 award winning wineries, stunning natural scenery and abundant wildlife.
Seattle is a year-round destination offering a wide range of activities no matter what the weather brings, although from May to October Seattle enjoys a mild climate. Despite being known as a rainy city, Seattle gets less rain than New York or Miami. So grab your kayak or your snowboard, there is always something to do – rain or shine!

Sound Investment: 

Seattle Magazine recently had a special issue noting the "Emerald City has it all - tech savvy, natural beauty and a smart, creative workforce." Read the article here.

What Not To Miss 

Forks, Washington – scene of the hit vampire book and movie series “Twilight.”
Mt. Rainier Washington State's most recognized natural icon was voted best spot to view wildflowers in the United States.
The Museum of Flight – home of the “Boeing Red Barn,” the birthplace of modern flight, a full-scale Stealth Bomber and fascinating Personal Courage wing.
The Olympic Peninsula home to the Hoh Rainforest, one of the few temperate rainforests in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Victorian Seaport  town of Port Townsend.
Pike Place Market one of the oldest continuously operating farmer’s markets in the U.S.
San Juan Islands – 172 islands are home to an abundance of wildlife including orca whales, seals, porpoise, bald eagles and peregrine falcons.
Seattle Center, Space Needle & Experience Music Project – home of the 1962 World’s Fair and the Jimi Hendrix museum
The original Starbucks at Pike Place Market Seattle is the espresso capital of America
Volcanoes – Washington is home to three: Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens and Mount Baker.
Washington Wineries Washington ranks second nationally in wine production. A quick trip over Snoqualmie Pass from Seattle and an entirely different landscape emerges full of vineyards.
Woodland Park Zoo – one of the finest in the nation. 

new video

Washington State

Watch this new video called "All You Can Hope For" featuring scenes from all over this great state.

Brand USA

Land of Dreams Video

Watch the Brand USA video spot promoting tourism in the United States and featuring Rosanne Cash.

On Vacation?

Average number of vacation days around the world:

  • Italy 42 days
  • France 37 days
  • Germany 35 days
  • Brazil 34 days
  • United Kingdom 28 days
  • Canada 26 days
  • Korea 25 days
  • Japan 25 days
  • United States 13 days
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    International Tourism

    The port's program is a focused, targeted marketing effort to increase visitation to the region from the primary markets of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan and China. 



    • Tourism is the largest and fastest-growing economic sector in the world.

    • One in 12 jobs around the world are directly involved in tourism.