Snohomish County Tourism Bureau State of Tourism May 2008 Tourism IS economic development “Tourism is economic development. Tourism means jobs and income for Washington families and business”. Governor Christine Gregoire Snohomish County and Pierce County Comparative
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State of Tourism
“Tourism is economic development. Tourism means jobs and income for Washington families and business”.
Governor Christine Gregoire
Visitor Spending $ 823.4 million $ 842.7 million
entertainment $ 112.1 million $ 122.8 million
Jobs 9,260 10,870
Payroll $192.2 million $214.6 million
County taxes $ 13.7 million $ 17.8 million
State taxes $ 47.0 million $ 47.0 million
*Estimated by Dean Runyan from 2005 earnings and employment data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and 2006 payroll data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
222,450 web visitors in 2007.
Visitors to SCTB visitor centers increased 30% over 2006.
Bureau staff attended 14 trade shows and conducted 3 sales missions resulting in 2,611 leads for tourism businesses.
Events and conventions booked contributed $14.5 million in economic impact – a 42% increase in economic impact over 2006.
Hotel occupancy levels were 72.0% in 2007 – the highest of all counties in Washington.
Hotel motel tax collections were up 16%.
Achieved $288,179 of free media coverage.Snohomish County Tourism BureauBrief Overview of 2007
One of Washington’s Largest Industries
Travel-Generated Earnings as a percent of total Earnings:
Data provided by CTED, Washington State Statewide Travel Impacts and Visitor Volume 1991 – 2007, published December 2007
*2002 Travel Industry Employment report, CTED
** Washington State Office of Community Trade and Economic Development Olympia, Washington December 2007
What has changed in Snohomish County since 2000?
Capital Projects – Nine projects have been completed
Olympic Winter Games February 12-28
Paralympic Winter Games March 12-21
Athletes and Officials – 6,700
Countries Olympics – 80+
Countries Paralympics – 40+
Visitors & Tickets:
Event tickets – 1.8 million
Estimated visitors – 250,000
Media – 10,000
Volunteers – 25,000 (games); 10,000 (ceremonies)
Investment and commercial opportunity:
An estimated $8-10 billion will be spent in connection with the 2010 Games
Tourism is an ever changing, dynamic and economically significant industry for Snohomish County.
Tourism will soon be a
$1 Billion Dollar industry in