It is with mixed feelings that I announce the departure of Tammy Blount as President of the WTA. She will be leaving her position of President + CEO at the Tacoma Regional CVB to take a position with the Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau. While this is an exciting opportunity for Tammy, we will miss her leadership and devotion to our organization. Continue reading “12.20.11 – Executive Director Update”
We are getting vey close to the end of the year, but things are not slowing down at the WTA. If anything, they are heating up! The Board Retreat expanded our “to do” list, and it has been great checking off some of the assignments. As always, our committees are putting in countless hours to meet their deadlines, and I am excited about being able to report on our considerable progress.
November 1, 2011
Things are moving along at the WTA. The last two weeks have included partner meetings, committee meetings and multiple speaking engagements. But the big news for the WTA this week was receiving approval from the state in regards to our request and proposal to take ownership of the Experience WA website as of January 1, 2012! The web committee worked long and hard learning the ins and outs of the website, and will continue during the transition activities. The committee has designed a regional team approach to manage the content going forward so that all information is fresh and of value to the user. More information will be forthcoming as the timeline and schedule of postings are determined. There are other changes taking place within the website committee and the business plan is available upon request to WTA members.
COMMITTEE UPDATES Continue reading “11.11.11 – Executive Director Update”
We are pleased to announce a Call for Nominations for a WTA At-Large Board position.
Deadline for nominations is close of business Friday, December 30.
Nominations should be sent electronically to:firstname.lastname@example.org with the Subject: Board Nomination. Once the nomination is received the sender will receive an email confirmation notice.
The WTA Nominating Committee will make a recommendation to the full Board on January 12, 2012.
Throughout the latter half of 2011, Suzanne Fletcher toured Washington State and help roundtable events.
The roundtable events were informal discussions about the future of tourism in our state. Suzanne also updated the attendees on activities of the WTA and sought feedback on important issues affecting the industry.
Click here to view the Washington Tourism Alliance Roundtable Presentation.
October 18, 2011 – Round Tables Completed
In the last two weeks, three Round Tables were held. Long Beach was a great audience for us. They asked some tough questions about our business plan and how we would represent them as a destination. How did we work with their local Destination Marketing Organization (DMO)? What could they do to help? We took the scenic byway to Long Beach, and it was quite an amazing drive! Have you been down that road? Breathtaking views of the coast!
Last Tuesday I presented in Olympia, the home of our State Legislature. I was thrilled to have some elected officials in the audience, but it was particularly enjoyable having Senator Maralyn Chase. She was particularly interested in tourism and how it relates to economic development and jobs within this state. She sees the value of Tourism not only the investment of money, but the investment in people, aka JOBS! She has reached out to me for follow up information and details explaining just how important tourism is to this state, and plans on using it at an Economic Development Committee Meeting.
Thank you Senator Chase. Continue reading “10.18.11 – Executive Director Update”
Round Tables Continue
The Round Tables are still taking place throughout the state. September 19th was a very busy day in Spokane. We began with a breakfast compliments of the Red Lion and the Spokane CVB which was attended by local and state officials. Much discussion took place about next steps for the WTA and we reviewed our goals and direction. From there I was privileged to have some time with the Spokane Convention + Visitor Bureau staff. Talk about teamwork! Many of the CVB employees are actively involved in the success of the WTA. They have been rallying the troops in their region by hosting “get together” sessions to talk (and listen) to local businesses and operators on how important it is to speak with one voice, and to support the WTA. Continue reading “10.3.11 – Executive Director Update”
Since our last communication a lot of activity has occurred. As we mentioned in the last newsletter, the first full Board has elected its leadership and created committees that will be focusing on developing many objectives for the Alliance as we move forward. The Board also agreed on upcoming dates for our meetings throughout 2012. You can find those dates at www.watourismalliance.com under the “WTA News” tab. WTA Board meetings are open to all members and we welcome your attendance. Meetings will be held at different locations throughout the state, so look for a meeting near you! Continue reading “9.20.11 – Executive Director Update”
Hello WTA Members & Friends,
It’s been an exciting first month on the job for me and I am writing to give you an update of all the activities since our last report.
Tammy Blount from Tacoma Regional CVB named first Chair of WTA
At its first meeting the Board of Directors elected Tammy Blount to serve as Chair of the Washington Tourism Alliance. Continue reading “9.8.11 – Executive Director Update”
Greetings WTA Members!
WTA Bylaws and Board of Directors
The founding WTA Board has drafted bylaws and has circulated those to Founding and Associate Partners for comments by June 13. Once the bylaws are in place WTA will expand the Board to include regional and industry sector representation.
Interim Director Search Continue reading “June 2011 – WTA Update”