Tourism week 2

This summer the Washington Hospitality Association participated in a stakeholder group that resulted in House Bill 1123 (HB 1123) and its companion Senate Bill 5251 (SB 5251).  HB 1123 is scheduled for a hearing on Jan. 25 at 8 a.m. in the House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs at 8 a.m. You can help by contacting legislators within that committee to thank them for their support of tourism in Washington state. You can find a list of legislators here. You can also make sure to talk to your legislator on this important topic at Hill Climb 2017.

HB 1123 establishes a tourism marketing authority through the state that is funded 2:1 by private employers and the state. Roughly $5 million dollars would be allotted to tourism out of the  general fund budget. A work session on tourism was held Community Development, Housing and Tribal Affairs Committee. You can watch the work session on TVW here. There is still a lot of discussion regarding the funding mechanism in the legislation. The Washington Hospitality Association is working hard to find solutions with other stakeholders and the business community.

Currently, state tourism is not funded by the state budget. Washington is the only state in the U.S. not to have public funding source. Increased tourism promotion helps all Washington business. For every $1 spent in Washington tourism promotion $25 is returned in new visitor spending. However, this could be significantly more. In Oregon, for every $1 spent $237 is returned in new visitor spending. A tourism authority is beneficial to Washington’s citizens and businesses.

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