Legislators seek $15 million to promote Washington tourism

Published on : Thursday, February 9, 2017

Washington tourismWashington is about to get back on tourism map as the lawmakers are trying their best to uplift the image of this state. These lawmakers are in the process of making Washington Tourism Marketing Authority in order to fund and manage resources throughout the state.

Tourism officials and legislators expect a deposit $5 million every two years state budget with 0.1 percent of retail taxes which comprise of rental cars, lodging and restaurant. The proposed plan had a maximum limit of $15 million per biennium which is to be spent on tourism sector. As per Washington Tourism Alliance, a non-profit agency, Washington is the only state in the USA which doesn’t have a state-funded tourism office of its own.

To quote David Blandford of the WTA, ‘’ we’ve simply kept the lights on over the past five years.’’ He also accepted the fact that Washington does have its website and taking calls but lacked proper funding to promote tourism unlike other US states. He added by saying that Oregon, Montana and California, are spending $5 million to upward of $120 million a year to attract visitors.


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