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Tourism Development

The Port Supports Statewide Tourism

The visitor industry is a vital and significant segment of King County and Washington State's economy and is essential to the Port of Seattle because SEA Airport is the primary gateway for air visitation for our state. COVID-19 continues to impact Washington State's tourism sector in terms of air travelers, the cruise industry, visitor expenditures and employment.

  • Through the end of December 2020, there was a 33.8 percent job loss within the leisure and hospitality sector for Washington State. 
  • July 2021 Seattle's hotel room occupancy was 65.5 percent, which is a substantial and dramatic reduction from the normal peak summer season time frame.
  • For July 2021, air passenger volume at SEA International Airport was 4.2 million travelers, which is a 19 percent reduction from 2019.
  • Only 38 percent of the cruise ship industry departures for Alaska occurred in 2021 compared with 2019.

As part of the tourism recovery effort, the Port of Seattle Commissioners approved a partnership with the Washington Tourism Alliance (WTA), the official destination marketing organization for Washington State. WTA has developed a multifaceted statewide marketing program to re-energize safe travel and tourism. The goal of this partnership is to work collaboratively and maximize travel volume to Washington State that improves economic impact, tax revenue, and supports industry jobs.

Tourism Programs for Washington State

To find out more about the Port's annual Tourism Marketing Support Program - who is eligible to apply, how and when to apply, and more - please click on the program link below. 

The Spotlight SEA Airport Advertising Program provides eligible organizations the opportunity to advertise, on a quarterly basis if selected, at SEA International Airport to promote tourism destinations and visitors' attractions. Click on the program link below to learn more about the program including how and when to apply. 

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