September 2015 Newsletter

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR UPDATE
Louise Stanton-Masten

Did you known that American workers leave 429 million days of paid time off unused each year?  And that since 2000 they are taking nearly a work week less of vacation each year?

According to the US Travel Association’s Project Time Off these figures represent a significant shift in the way American’s view and use their time off. The result is that American’s are missing out on the personal and professional benefits that time away from work offers. Click here to read the Project Time Off research report.

As the report states, “Vacation time creates strong bonds with family and friends, builds a productive workforce, and helps cultivate a fulfilled life.” The report recognizes time off as an employer benefit as well, boosting productivity and resulting in more creative and innovative thinking.

Here in Washington State we have an abundance of travel opportunities to make use of our time off. This summer I was fortunate to spend some of my time on the waters of the Puget Sound exploring secluded coves in the South Sound, and the thrill of fireworks in Poulsbo on July 3rd and Quartermaster harbor on July 4th. I wandered the shops in Gig Harbor and shopped the at the farmers market in Olympia. Blake Island presented hiking opportunities on the island and a wonderful salmon bake and show at Tillicum Village.

This fall is a great time to use your time off, exploring Washington state. I encourage you to become a tourist in your own back yard. There are fall colors to see, farmers markets full of fall produce to buy, pumpkin farms to wander, food and wine festivals that offer the best of Washington state products, and so much more. And our travel website, www.experiencewa.com will help you plan your trip.

 

EXPANDED ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES IN THE 2016 WASHINGTON STATE VISTORS’ GUIDE 
Jeff Adams, SagaCity
 
2015 Guides

 The thirst for travel is back and now, more than ever, publications like the official Washington State Visitors’ Guide are helping people determine where to stay, what to do, and what to experience on their vacations.

Production is now underway on the 2016 Washington State Visitors’ Guide. With a readership of nearly one million prospective travelers seeking tips and information on where to stay, eat, and play in Washington, the 2016 Guide is a must buy for businesses wanting to reach interested and incoming visitors.

Your ad will be seen by travelers in print, online, and on their phones and tablets, allowing your brand to reach prospective visitors in a variety of ways as they plan their trip to and through Washington State. New for 2016, we have added enhanced listings for Accommodations and Restaurants.

Reserve your ad space before October 16 to secure significant savings with discounted Early Bird rates!  And your WTA membership brings even greater discounts. For more information, contact Jeff Adams at SagaCity Media (jadams@sagacitymedia.com) or 206-454-3007).

We look forward to partnering with you in the 2016 Guide, to drive visitors to your business.

 

FEATURE YOUR EVENTS ON EXPERIENCEWA.COM
Mike Moe

In the past year, the ExperienceWA.com website has had close to 620,000 unique visitors and over 1.8 million pageviews. One of the most visited pages on the ExperienceWA website is our Events page. Visitors who are looking for events are also among the most qualified because they are ready to be inspired! While any tourism-related business in Washington State can list their event for free, purchasing a Featured Event Listing is one of the most inexpensive yet effective ways to utilize ExperienceWA.com

This year an advertiser in Bellingham promoted their relay race as a Featured Event on the Events page. Their website garnered almost 400 clicks from their listing and at only $330 ($363 for non-members), they paid less than $1 a click! Featured Events also have the chance to be included in our award-winning monthly eNewsletter for no extra cost!

To learn more about Featured Listings and all the other opportunities available on ExperienceWA.com click here for our Media Kit. To purchase a Featured Listing, email Mike Moe at mike@watourismalliance.com or call him at 425-444-0589.

 

WTA MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

CHEFS AND DINERS LOOK FORWARD TO AN ABUNDANT HARVEST DURING THE WILD MUSHROOM CELEBRATION

WESTPORT WINERY TO HOST HALLOWEEN MYSTERY DINNER THEATER

 

SUBMIT YOUR STORIES

Want to brag about something your destination was recently recognized for? Have 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 Diana Thibado at diana@watourismalliance.com.

 

WTA WELCOMES RENEWING MEMBERS:

Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour, Cedarbrook Lodge,Chambers Bay Golf, City of Port Angeles, CityPass, Clark Nuber, PS, Colville Chamber of Commerce, Forks Chamber of Commerce, Holland America Line, MOHAI, MPI WA Chapter,Mt. Baker Foothills Chamber of Commerce, OLT Visitor & Convention Bureau, Olympic Peninsula Tourism Commission,Paradisos del Sol Winery, Quinault Beach Resort & Casino,Silver Cloud Inns and Hotels, The Embassy Suites – Lynnwood,Westfield Southcenter Mall, Wing Luke Museum

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