Seattle Southside Visitor Services, the official tourism department and Destination Marketing Organization for the Cities of Des Moines, Kent, SeaTac and Tukwila, reports 2012 travel impact numbers are increasingly positive.
The annual study compiled by research firm Dean Runyan Associates shows the best year on record for visitor spending, local and state tax receipts and tourism employment. Visitor spending is up 5.8 percent over 2011.
“Since the Washington State Tourism Office closed in 2011, we’ve had to independently develop tourism promotion strategies from within our region,” said Katherine Kertzman, Executive Director of Seattle Southside Visitor Services. “However, through great collaboration, business managers and business owners have been able to realize an increase in tourism through local tourism promotion efforts such as Seattle Southside Visitor Services.”
With 5,240 people employed by the tourism industry in Seattle Southside and $28.4 million generated in local tax receipts, this report shows how the travel industry is a key contributor to the economic well-being of the Seattle Southside region. As the fourth-largest industry in Washington State, tourism supports small businesses, strengthens local economies, creates jobs, and brings in additional tax revenues.
The full Dean Runyan Travel Impacts report is available here:
Highlights from the report:
With the new Rental Car Facility now open, even more visitors are making their way to the Visitor Center thanks to additional signage along International Boulevard.
About Seattle Southside Visitor Services
Seattle Southside Visitor Services (SSVS) is the leading tourism and marketing organization in South King County. The program, offered jointly by the Cities of Des Moines, Kent, SeaTac, and Tukwila, is responsible for competitively marketing the area as an ideal travel destination for tourists who wish to explore Western Washington. For more information, please visit www.seattlesouthside.com.