Vancouver USA Package | Bidding for Good Auction Now Open

Vancouver USA | Washington Tourism Alliance | Bidding for Good

Bidding is now open on the Vancouver USA | Washington Tourism Alliance| Bidding for Good Auction.

This three day, two night package for two includes:

  • Accommodation at the Heathman Lodge
  • Evening Appetizers and Wine at Hudson’s Bar & Grill
  • Brunch at Hudson’s Bar & Grill
  • An All-day Evergreen Escape’s guided tour of Mt. St. Helens National Monument (including spelunking Ape Cave, “On Safari” lunch, wine and refreshments)
  • Dinner at The Grant House
  • Admission to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

Total value for this package is estimated at $925.00

This auction will run through June 26, 2012, with proceeds going to Washington Tourism Alliance and its mission to advocate, promote, develop, and sustain the economic well-being of the Washington Tourism Industry. Click here to bid

Press Release – 4.6.12

Washington Tourism Alliance Launches First 
Online Fundraiser

Win an All-Inclusive Trip to Bellingham and Friday Harbor


SEATTLE – The Washington Tourism Alliance (WTA) announced its first online auction at today’s second annual tourism summit. WTA will auction off three weekend packages to Bellingham and the San Juan Islands during the month of April. Each all-inclusive vacation package includes meals, accommodations, and adventures for two people, May 5-7, 2012. All proceeds from this auction support WTA and its mission to advocate, promote, develop and sustain the economic well-being of Washington State’s tourism Industry.

“We’re excited to begin a series of online auction packages that will showcase the diversity of our state while raising funds for the WTA,” said Suzanne Fletcher, WTA Executive Director. “The Bellingham-San Juan package is our first offering.”

Each Bellingham-San Juan Island getaway package is valued at $1,200. They includes an overnight stay and gaming at the Silver Reef Spa-Casino-Hotel; a four-course dinner with wine at Anthony’s Restaurant at Squalicum Harbor;  tickets to the Upfront Theatre (live improv theater founded by Ryan Stiles);  breakfast at Silver Reef Spa-Casino-Hotel; San Juan Cruises narrated whale watching tour (and lunch) from Bellingham to Friday Harbor; a three-hour zip-lining tour; overnight stay at Friday Harbor House or Lakedale Resort; three course dinner at BLUFF restaurant; breakfast at Friday Harbor House or Lakedale Resort; ferry ride via Washington State Ferry to Anacortes; and a Bellair shuttle back to Bellingham. Winners will also receive a special gift basket of locally made food and sundries (including items from Birchwood Botanicals, Chocolate Necessities, Hammerhead Whole Bean Coffee, and Scratch Desserts).  More details can be found here:

WTA has developed this mutually beneficial online auction program to support the Washington tourism industry while highlighting destinations across the state. This program includes vacation packages that highlight accommodations, attractions, dining services and experiences that demonstrate the unique qualities of respective regions. The packages will be auctioned off online to the highest bidder to support WTA. During the auction period, each region and its package elements will be highlighted on, which boasts an audience of some 260,000 shoppers worldwide. In addition, the packages will be promoted through WTA’s social media resources, including WTA’s website, Facebook page and Twitter feed, as well as e-mailed to WTA’s mailing list.

For more information, contact Meagan McGuire at (206) 768-7104 or via email at

About the Washington Tourism Alliance

The Washington Tourism Alliance (WTA) is a 501[c]6 organization established by industry stakeholders with the sole mission of sustaining Washington State destination tourism marketing. The WTA procures and administers funds for state destination tourism marketing activities and creates and implements a strategic statewide destination marketing plan.

Washington State Visitors Guide | Ground-breaking Partnership


SEATTLE –Washington Tourism Alliance (WTA) announced today the release of the 2012 official Washington State Visitors’ Guide. The guide is produced through a strategic partnership with WTA, the Washington Lodging Association (WLA) and SagaCity Media Inc.

The new print guide is linked to, the official state tourism web site. The goal of the publishing partners is to strengthen these two critical marketing platforms and help expand the benefits of tourism throughout our state.

The 2012 edition marks the 13th annual publication of the guide. This year, with increased demand, circulation has been increased to 375,000 copies, with readership of nearly one million. Some 65,000 copies will be direct mailed to Seattle Met and Portland Monthly magazine subscribers, and other copies will be featured at visitor centers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Washington State and Vancouver, B.C. The guide will also be prominently displayed on newsstands and checkout counters at Barnes & Noble, QFC and Whole Foods.

Prospective travelers will be able to read and order copies of the visitors’ guide online at and, the WLA’s consumer web site. Travelers will also be able to access versions of the guide that are optimized for iPads, android tablets and smart phones.

The 2012 official Washington State Visitors Guide features regional maps, insider travel trips, itinerary suggestions and contact information for an array of standout local businesses and attractions. This year’s guide features three unique covers to underscore the beauty and breadth of Washington State visitor experiences.

Washington State Visitors Guide Cover Artwork
Washington State Visitors’ Guide Cover Artwork


About the Washington Tourism Alliance
The WTA is a 501[c]6 organization with a mission to advocate, promote, develop and sustain the economic well being of the Washington tourism industry. The WTA was  established by industry stakeholders with the sole mission of sustaining Washington State destination tourism marketing. The WTA procures and administers funds for state destination tourism marketing activities and creates and implements a strategic statewide destination marketing plan. Visit to learn more.

About the Washington Lodging Association
The Washington Lodging Association (WLA) is the trade and professional association for Washington State’s lodging industry. Founded in 1920, it is dedicated to strengthening the hospitality industry by working towards a favorable legislative and regulatory environment, providing valuable programming and services to its members, and by promoting Washington as a tourist destination.


About SagaCity Media Inc.
SagaCity Media Inc is a multimedia company  that publishes more than two dozen editorial and custom magazines in the Pacific Northwest and the Mountain West. With its proprietary titles and its projects for outside clients, SagaCity provides an authorative voice that fosters community and sets ambitious standards in industries ranging from tourism to bridal to golf. The creative development and delivery of quality content are also propelling growth in SagaCity’s evolving digital media business.




Executive Director Update – 3.12.12

Washington Tourism Alliance Executive Director

Executive Director Update

March 12, 2012

March is a special month for the WTA, as it marks the WTA’s first birthday! Last year around this time, the first Summit was held as a call to action, and some were unsure there would be a second. Not only are we here, but we are getting stronger every day! And to celebrate our successful first year, we are going to hold the 2nd Annual WTA Summit on April 5. This event is so very important to the WTA, as it is our celebration of success, our report out of accomplishments, and our road map for the future. Anyone in the tourism industry should want to be a part of this special occasion. We are very excited to have secured Roger Dow, an industry leader and President & CEO, USTA and Caroline Beteta, President & CEO, Visit California as keynote speakers. They will be sharing their view points on tourism from the national level, and how their efforts work in conjunction with the WTA. Continue reading “Executive Director Update – 3.12.12”

Press Release – 1.24.12


WASHINGTON STATE– The Washington Tourism Alliance (WTA) announced the addition of four new members to its board of directors: Kim Bennett, President & CEO of the Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Office; Cara Egan, Director of Public Relations at the Seattle Art Museum; Jennifer Leavitt, Vice President of Marketing for Kemper Development Company; and George Sharp, Executive Driector of the Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor and Convention Bureau. Continue reading “Press Release – 1.24.12”

Press Release – 3.11.11

Tourism Industry Establishes New Tourism
Marketing Organization for Washington State

State Tourism Summit Planned for
March 31 to Chart New Course


Olympia, WASH. – The impending closure of the Washington State Tourism office by the end of the current biennium has brought tourism industry stakeholders together to create a new, statewide destination marketing organization called the Washington Tourism Alliance (WTA). Continue reading “Press Release – 3.11.11”