WTA NEWSLETTER – April

INTRODUCING THE 2019 OFFICIAL WASHINGTON VISITORS’ GUIDE

With peak travel season in the Pacific Northwest just around the corner, the Washington Tourism Alliance is excited to share details of the newly-published 2019 Washington State Visitors’ Guide, created through a partnership between the Washington Tourism Alliance, Washington Hospitality Association and SagaCity Media. Now in its 20th year, the guide is designed to lure travelers to Washington State and serve as a visitor guide once they’re here.

This special anniversary edition of the Washington State Visitors’ Guide focuses on adventures and indulgences throughout the state. The guide opens with “WAnderlust,” an overview of the state packed with fantastic photography and stories that showcase the diversity of experiences that await our guests. From hiking trails to hot springs resorts, wildlife spotting to wine tasting, and from whitewater rafting to waterfront dining, this introductory section highlights the best of the Evergreen State. 

The guide also includes detailed explorations of ten distinct regions: Greater Seattle, North Cascades, the Islands, Peninsulas and Coast, the Volcanoes, the Gorge, North Central, Wine Country, Northeast, and Southeast. Each section offers insight into the region’s unique character with suggested itineraries that cover local attractions, shopping, dining, and signature events, plus accommodation listings and a map of the area. 

This is invaluable tool for discovering Washington. To request copies for distribution, email the publisher at washingtonguide@sagacitymedia.com. Also, planning for the 2020 Washington State Visitors Guide has already begun. For advertising opportunities, contact Jeff Adams at SagaCity Media on 206-454-3007.

WTA SEEKING BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPLICANTS
Mike Moe, Managing Director

As the Washington Tourism Alliance grows in its role as statewide destination marketing organization, new leadership opportunities are available. The WTA is now accepting applicants to fill vacancies on the WTA Board of Directors. There are two regional positions open:
Northeast Washington which includes Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens and Spokane Counties.

South Puget Sound which includes Pierce, Kitsap and Thurston Counties
There are also vacancies in the Restaurants, Retail, Tribes and Arts and Culture sectors.

Our Board members are asked to play an active role in the organization’s strategic marketing initiatives, destination development programming, and industry outreach, support and partnership development. Because of these important responsibilities, we ask you to consider the following criteria when making your decision.

Board member time investment:

8-12 Board meetings per year (quarterly in-person and regular conference calls)
Several Committee meetings per year
Annual two-day board of directors retreat (November)
Annual tourism industry summit/tourism conference
WTA member events

Board member financial investment:

Travel to meetings [held at various locations in Washington State]
Board retreat registration [room, travel + some meals]

If you are interested in a leadership role, please complete and email me an application, your resume, and a cover letter. The deadline to apply is May 7th.

LAST CHANCE TO JOIN THE WTA AT IPW
Diana Thibado, Director of Operations

Would you like to have a presence at the U.S. Travel Association’s IPW? The WTA will be there and we invite you to participate with us by including your information on thumb drives that we will distribute during our appointments.  For just $75 for WTA members ($150 for non-members) you can have one PDF formatted fact sheet included on the thumb drive PLUS two digital images of your destination, attraction, product or service. If you are interested, please email me asap. Materials are due May 1st, 2019. 

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

CONGRATULATIONS TO FORMER WTA BOARD MEMBER, KIM BENNETT, ON RETIREMENT!

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.