WTA Newsletter October 2013

 
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR UPDATE 
Louise Stanton-Masten

This month the WTA has undertaken an extensive regional outreach program, designed to provide an opportunity for our members and tourism partners to participate in informative discussions about WTA 2014 legislative objectives, including the industry-funded, self-assessment model and governing principals. Our efforts are focused on establishing long-term and sustainable funding which will provide us the resources needed for tourism marking and promotion for the state. These meetings are your opportunity to be involved in the conversation, and to help guide decisions that the WTA Board of Directors will be making in the coming months.

Since the WTA first released preliminary details of the industry assessment model at our Tourism Summit in March, we have made presentations and participated in conversations with many industry stakeholders. We have already received valuable input into the model which was proposed for industry discussion. Now, as we focus on the upcoming legislative session, it is critical that we build consensus and support for our plans.

Regional meetings are being held throughout the state, co-hosted by local Destination Marketing Organizations. Already hundreds of individuals have participated in meetings in Seattle and Vancouver, Washington. The following meetings are planned for the next several weeks. We encourage you to join us at one of these meetings. If you have any questions, please contact the WTA or your local DMO host.

  • Northwest Washington: October 23, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Best Western PLUS Lakeway Inn, Bellingham, RSVP to angie@bellingham.org
  • North Central Washington: October 28, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., North Central Regional Library, Wenatchee, RSVP by October 23 to Wenatchee Valley COC 509-662-2116
  • South Puget Sound/Olympic Peninsula: October 28, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m., Red Lion Hotel, Olympia
  • North Puget Sound: October 29, 8:30 am – 10:00 a.m., Holiday Inn, Downtown Everett, RSVP by October 25 to stacey@snohomish.org
  • South Puget Sound: October 30, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., La Quinta Inn & Suites, Tacoma,  RSVP by October 25 to rsvp@traveltacoma.com
  • South Central Washington: November 6th, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., Princess Theatre, Prosser, RSVP to stephanie@visityakima.com
  • Northeast Washington: November 13, time + location TBA

 

WASHINGTON TOURISM ALLIANCE CELEBRATES OPENING OF NATIONAL PARKS IN THE STATE

The Washington Tourism Alliance celebrated news of the re-opening of Washington State’s National Parks on October 17. “This was great news for the tourism industry in Washington State,” said Louise Stanton-Masten, Executive Director of the Washington Tourism Alliance. “After a sixteen-day closure, caused by the partial shutdown of the Federal government, travelers again can enjoy these recreational resources and scenic attractions.”

“We are very pleased to have the Mt. Rainier Park re-opened,” said Mary Kay Nelson, Executive Director of Visit Rainier, the local Destination Marketing Organization. “The silver lining, if there is one, is that we now have a greater appreciation for our National Parks.”

The good news is that parks all over the state are now available to visitors during the peak fall foliage season. On the Olympic Peninsula, Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum said, “We welcome our visitors and invite them to come enjoy the beautiful fall colors and crisp weather. We are proud of the work we do on behalf of the American people, and we’re thrilled to be able to get back to work and re-open the park.”

Diane Schostak, Executive Director of the Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau said, “We are delighted to welcome folks back to enjoy and experience Olympic National Park. We’ve been pleased with how well the Peninsula has fared through the shutdown. With our Scenic Byways, Tribal beaches and museums, the Olympic Discovery Trail and a host of fall events, we have helped folks to see many other facets of the region, many of which are often overlooked when visiting the National Park.”

The U.S. Travel Association estimated that the government shutdown cost the U.S. travel economy $152 million per day and impacted as many as 450,000 American workers supported by the travel industry. While the economic impact of the shutdown is difficult to define, it was certainly felt throughout the State. Last year, in October, more than 60,000 people visited Mt. Rainier National Park according to Visit Rainier. The good news is that National Parks all over the state are now open for visitors.

 

WASHINGTON STATE CONVENTION CENTER CELEBRATES ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY

WSCC

The Washington State Convention Center proudly celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. By providing exceptional convention services and working closely with community partners, the Center strives to enrich the downtown Seattle core and support the state’s economy.

The WSCC is a public building that connects two central areas of Seattle by way of a beautiful, five acre city park.  The Public Art Program, one of the largest of its kind in the nation, enhances the lobby and gathering areas of the Center, showcasing over 100 works of art on free display to visitors and residents alike.

In September, 2011, WSCC began a $21 million refurbishment of the entire facility, including upgrades to finishes, furnishings and signage. In keeping with a passionate commitment to community improvement, these upgrades incorporate sustainable materials such as carpet and wall coverings made with recycled materials, as well as Greenguard and NFS-certified solid surfacing material.

WSCC has long been an industry leader in conservation and recycling, and the investment of resources in new and innovative projects continues to make the facility more efficient and its contribution to the local community even stronger.  Visit The Washington State Convention Center at www.wsctc.com.

 

AT A GLANCE: WTA MEMBERS IN THE HEADLINES  
Click to read full articles:  

DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE DEMONSTRATES SUPPORT FOR TOURISM BY JOINING WTA, ISSUES PRESS RELEASE

VISITOR’S INFORMATION CENTER ON THE MOVE:  VISIT SPOKANE TO REACH MORE VISITORS WITH THE RELOCATION OF THE VIC AND THE INTRODUCTION OF A NEW MOBILE VIC

THE LONG BEACH PENINSULA VISITORS BUREAU RECEIVES FIRST PLACE IN REGIONAL PRINT COMPETITION

LEWIS AND CLARK LEGACY LIVES ON WITH ‘OCIAN IN VIEW’ NOV. 8 AND 9, 2013, ON THE LONG BEACH PENINSULA

 

SUBMIT YOUR STORIES

Want to brag about something your destination was recently recognized for? Got news that impacts Washington State tourism? Please add the WTA to your distribution news list! We’re always looking for story ideas for the WTA monthly newsletter! To submit a story idea, email Sarah Winter at sarah@watourismalliance.com.

 

LINK TO THE EXPERIENCEWA WEBSITE!

Help support the Washington Tourism Alliance and tourism promotion in Washington State by linking your website to the ExperienceWA website, www.experiencewa.com. The official travel and tourism website for the State of Washington, the site provides destination information, maps, the official Washington State Visitors’ Guide and other important resources that help visitors plan their trip to Washington. We invite you to link to the site. For more information, please visit http://www.experiencewa.com/link.

 

WTA WELCOMES SEPTEMBER MEMBERS 

NEW MEMBERS:

 Adrift Hotel, Snohomish County, Warwick Hotel

RENEWING MEMBERS:

Adriatic Grill, Best Western Hotels of WA State, Best Western Plus Edmonds Harbor Inn, Best Western Plus Liberty Lake Inn, Best Western Plus Peppertree Airport Inn, Best Western Plus Peppertree Auburn Inn, Canlis Restaurant, Cascadia Events, The Chrysalis Inn & Spa, City of Port Angeles, Clipper Vacations, Clise Properties, Inc., Dayton Chamber of Commerce, EMP Museum, Hampton Inn Richland, Hampton Inn Spokane Airport, Hilton Garden Inn Spokane Airport, Holiday Inn Express Bellingham, Holiday Inn Express & Conference Center, Sequim, Hotel Services Group LLC, Minuteman Press – Alaskan Way, Museum of Glass, Olympic Peninsula Tourism Commission, Pan Pacific Hotel, Port Madison Enterprises – Clearwater, Port of Edmonds, Puget Sound Attractions Council, Quality Inn Oakwood,Ray’s Boathouse, Cafe, and Catering, Seattle Monorail Services, Silver Cloud Inns + Hotels, Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort, Snohomish County Airport – Paine Field, The Westin Seattle, Visit Kitsap Peninsula, Washington State Convention Center, Wenatchee Valley COC

 

If you have not yet joined the WTA and would like to become a member, please contact our Director of Business Development Mike Moe at mike@watourismalliance.com or join today online at http://watourismalliance.com/join/.