Cash-strapped Washington this summer became the only state in the nation to close its tourism office.
Now, a fledging group of tourism boosters are trying to craft a
plan to promote Washington state to visitors. The nonprofit, mostly volunteer-run Washington Tourism Alliance met last week in Yakima to talk ideas.
About 30 representatives of hotels, convention centers and
wineries want to promote the state's wineries, backcountry and
cities. The group needs cash to move forward. It also wants to
boost membership, which currently includes about 115 companies and
dozens of individuals.
A Washington state study shows travelers spent $15.2 billion and
supporting 143,800 jobs last year.