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2017 Tourism Marketing Support Program

Port of Seattle provides matching grants to support tourism

Second annual awards provided to 18 organizations statewide

In April, 2017 the Port of Seattle announced recipients of 18 grants to support tourism across Washington state, for the second year in a row. The grants will fund $150,000 in projects, from websites and advertising to booths at travel trade shows. The grants must be matched by the organization and used for publicizing and attracting visitors to their destinations. This year, grant recipients are committing nearly $100,000 worth of matching funds.

“Increasing the number of tourists to Washington means more jobs for our region, so the Port of Seattle is partnering with communities to help grow tourism,” said Commissioner John Creighton. “More people tasting wine in Walla Walla or beer in Bellingham, hiking on Mount Rainier or kayaking in the San Juan Islands, or visiting a Boeing plant or the historic Hanford B reactor is good for jobs everywhere in Washington.”

With its grant, the Cascade Loop will use their funds to support efforts to launch and promote an international marketing campaign specifically marketing to potential British travelers interested in outdoor adventures and the North Cascades National Park.

“The Port of Seattle’s tourism marketing support allows us to expand the number of international travelers and increase visitation to north, central and eastern Washington,” said Annette Pitts, Executive Director of the Cascade Loop Association. “We are very appreciative of their collaborative approach to aiding destination marketing organizations with limited funding.”

The Port of Seattle has been encouraging tourists to extend their visits to the region by highlighting places across the state that offer interesting experiences. One goal is to entice some of the nearly one million annual Alaskan cruise passengers to “cruise and stay,” adding a few days on either end of their cruise to sightsee in Washington.

2017 Tourism Recipients

Title Award Title Date of Grant/Award Amount Awarded External Link
Skamania County Chamber of Commerce 2016 Awardees-Tourism Marketing Support Program
Visit Kitsap Peninsula 2016 Awardees-Tourism Marketing Support Program
Three Dollar Bill Cinema 2016 Awardees-Tourism Marketing Support Program
City of Stanwood 2016 Awardees-Tourism Marketing Support Program
Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) 2016 Awardees-Tourism Marketing Support Program
REACH Museum/Richland Public Facilities District 2016 Awardees-Tourism Marketing Support Program
Ballard Chamber of Commerce 2016 Awardees-Tourism Marketing Support Program
Carnation Chamber of Commerce 2016 Awardees-Tourism Marketing Support Program
Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA) 2016 Awardees-Tourism Marketing Support Program
Whidbey and Camano Islands Tourism 2016 Awardees-Tourism Marketing Support Program
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