Washington State Tourism Summit – POSTPONED

Washington State Tourism Summit – POSTPONED


By: Mike Moe

Of particular interest to the hospitality industry of Washington, the 2016 Washington Tourism Summit will be held on October 14th at the Crowne Plaza in SeaTac. At this year’s event, they will present a new legislative plan that will create a long-term funding source for a statewide tourism marketing effort. As many of our engaged members and industry partners know, a legislative taskforce has been meeting regularly this summer to develop our long-term funding plan that will be presented as legislation during the 2017 congressional session. This task force that includes members of legislature from both the House and Senate, each of the political caucuses, as well as WTA board members, and Washington Hospitality Association staff.

The morning session will include members of the legislative task force who will provide an update on the legislative plan. The afternoon session will include a Rally for Success – the 2017 Grassroots Launch where you will learn how to mobilize your community to help pass this important legislation. This year we need all hands on deck and we will provide you with the tools and information you need to support this effort. Chris Ihrig, CEO of Fired-Up! Culture, will provide an exciting wrap up at the end of the session to crystallize the important messages of the day and finish the Summit on an enthusiastic and positive note.

This year’s summit welcomes Roger Dow, the President and CEO of the US Travel Association as the keynote speaker. Since 2005, Roger has led the US Travel Association and has been instrumental in transforming the organization into one of the most effective industry associations in the country. “This year’s tourism Summit will be the most important to date!” said Christina Pivarnik, WTA Board member and Chair of the Summit Planning Committee. “We are excited to welcome Roger Dow as our keynote speaker and look forward to presenting the new WTA plan for legislation that will provide long-term funding for a sustainable statewide marketing effort. After hearing your feedback from previous Summits, we are also going to provide plenty of networking time so you can catch up with your colleagues from across the state.”

Attendees will be welcome to join us for an afternoon reception following the general session, where they can visit vendor tables, enjoy hor d’oeuvres, a no host bar, and network with your industry colleagues. Please click here to view the full schedule and to reserve your spot.

For more information on this event, or to connect with this year’s initiative please contact mike@watourismalliance.com or call him at 425-444-0589 for further details.

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