WTA News Report – HB 1123/SB 5251

Here’s the latest news from around the state on HB 1123 and SB 5251, including some editorial endorsements.

Yakima Herald – 3/8/17

Lack of state funding makes it tough for small towns to chase tourism dollars


The Columbian – 2/14/17

“In Our View: Let’s Pay to Boost Tourism”


The Everett Herald – 2/13/17

“Editorial: Reopening state tourism office would boost economy”


The Daily World – 2/10/17

“Legislation to promote Washington tourism heard in Olympia”


Vancouver South Washington Business Journal – 2/10/17

“State looks to restore tourism promotion program”


Associated Press – 2/8/17 (Ellensburg Daily Record, Aberdeen News, KOMO TV, Oregon Public Broadcasting, The Daily Astorian)

“Lawmakers Push for Statewide Tourism Program”


Stanwood Camano News – 2/8/17

“State may form a Tourism Marketing Alliance”


The Wenatchee World – 2/6/17

“Legislature to consider tourism funding”


The Olympian – 2/1/17

“Tourism Bill May Help Rural Areas”


Chinook Observer – 1/31/17

“Tourism marketing vital for rural success”


Tri City Herald – 2/2/17

“Our Voice: State needs to join rest of nation with statewide tourism promotion effort”


Northwest Life Channel (Wenatchee) – 1/26/17

“State tourism plan could help communities throughout Washington”

State tourism plan could help communities throughout Washington


The Lens – 1/26/18

“Tourism Funding Gains Traction in the House”


Walla Walla Union-Bulletin – 1/24/17

Legislature to consider re-establishing tourism marketing program”


 The Lens – 1/23/17

“Public-Private Pact Eyed for State Tourism”


Yakima Herald – 1/22/17

“Reporter’s Notebook: Three Business-Related Developments to Watch in Olympia”

The WTA Mourns the Passing of Donna Cappa

The board members and staff of the Washington Tourism Alliance were saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Donna Cappa. Donna died this weekend after being in a terrible accident on Friday night.

Donna was the Director Of Sales and Hotel Operations for the Tulalip Casino and a WTA board member. She was a strong advocate for the WTA and worked tirelessly for the betterment of the entire Washington tourism industry. Donna will be greatly missed by her friends and colleagues at the WTA.

Please join us in keeping her family and friends in our thoughts during this difficult time. If you are able and interested, click here to assist the family with funeral expenses and emergency surgery hospital expenses that were incurred.

A service for Donna will be at Tulalip Resort in the Chinook Room at 10am on Saturday.



The 2017 Tourism Summit and Day in Olympia is now FREE!

Thanks to our generous sponsors, we are able to offer all the programs of the 2017 Washington Tourism Summit and Day in Olympia at no charge!

It is now going to be even easier to join the WTA on January 24th, 2017 in Olympia at The Washington Center for Performing Arts. The Summit program will include a keynote address from Roger Dow, the President and CEO of the US Travel Association, a Tourism Works for Washington rally and briefing of Tourism legislation, one-on-one meetings with legislators at the Capitol, and a fabulous evening reception at The Governor Hotel.

For those of you who signed up for the 2016 Washington Tourism Summit your registration fee will be refunded and your registration will roll over to the 2017 Summit. You will not need to re-register
We hope you will join us for this exciting and productive day! Encourage everyone in your community to join us in Olympia on January 24.  Click here to learn more and register.