In keeping with the Port's Century Agenda Strategic Objectives to "Advance this region as a leading tourism destination and business gateway," Tourism Development's focus is to increase the economic development of the region.
Now in its seventh year, the Tourism Marketing Support Program offers applicants a partnering opportunity to promote their Washington State destination to out-of-state visitors while promoting the use of Port facilities; SEA International Airport, cruise terminals, and recreational marinas.
The match fund program will offer a total of $200,000 in 2022 to organizations whose selected proposed projects meet specific requirements. $50,000 of the Port of Seattle funding has been identified specifically to assist organizations in the development and growth of eco/sustainable, adventure/nature, or environmental impact tourism projects and another $50,000 for equitable promotion of diverse cultural activities, experiences, or attractions.
Local communities, destination marketing organizations, ports, chambers of commerce, tribal organizations, and non-profits within Washington State are encouraged to apply.
- The program provides match funding support to each awardee of up to $10,000.
- The Port funds must be used for advertising, publicizing, promoting or distributing information to attract out-of-state visitors, via the use of Port-owned facilities (SEA International Airport, cruise terminals, or recreational marinas), to a Washington state destination.
- The program requires a two to one match. In order to receive two dollars from the Port, for example, the participant must submit documentation for a one-dollar contribution to the effort.
Watch for the next application opportunity on/about December 2022 for the annual Tourism Marketing Support Program!
View videos of past Tourism Marketing Support Program Awardees