July 2015 Newsletter

Louise Stanton-Masten

Since the 2015 legislative session ended the WTA has been focused on undertaking the steps necessary to prepare our long-term funding legislation for the 2016 session. While it was disappointing to not get our bills passed this year or to get the interim funding that we were seeking, we are well underway with our action plans to build a successful campaign for the next session.
In June the WTA Board of Directors reviewed and approved a draft interim legislative plan, with objectives designed to position us for success. Work is ongoing to establish the final plan. Our primary objectives are to identify and secure additional support from businesses subject to the assessment fees; strengthen relationships and secure support from legislators; maintain and grow support from organizations that represent the assessed sectors; achieve support and commitment from non-assessed tourism industry sectors; build an outreach campaign. The WTA legislative committee will be working with grassroots teams in legislative districts and with tourism partners to help gain support for our legislation.
As we move forward with all of the components of our legislative plan we’ll be reaching out in a number of ways for member and stakeholder involvement. Your input and support will be critical in helping us get our legislation passed in the next session so that we achieve our goal of adequate funding to support our statewide tourism marketing program.

Mary Kay Nelson, Executive Director, Visit Rainier

Visit Rainier has partnered with Mt. Rainier National Park and the Washington State Geocaching Association to create one more way to enjoy Mt. Rainier this summer, by launching the Visit Rainier Centennial GeoTour!

Over the next two years, 100 new geocaches will be placed around Mt. Rainier National Park and its gateway communities to celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service in 2016.
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunt using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.
The GeoTour has its own page on


, which lists all the geocaches. Each cache contains a code word that participants can record in a passport (downloadable on VisitRainier.com). When the passport contains all 25 code words, participants can turn it in for a trackable pathtag. A new pathtag will be available for each series. If a player logs all 100 caches, they can receive a commemorative geocoin.
Caches on the Visit Rainier Centennial GeoTour will be released in four separate series, 25 at a time, the first release launched at 4 p.m. on June 13, 2015, following a CITO (Cache in Trash Out) event at Mt. Rainier National Park. A kick-off event was held.at Whittaker Mountaineering/RMI in Ashford.

Passports, prizes and giveaways were available. Over 800 finds were recorded in just 16 days on the first series of 25 caches.
For more information on the Visit Rainier Centennial GeoTour, check outwww.visitrainier.com or www.geocaching.com.