In 2013, 18.6 million visitors spent $6 billion in Seattle and King County, contributing $597 million in state and local tax revenues. Direct visitor spending benefits hotels, retailers, restaurants, attractions, transportation services and other businesses, and supports jobs for more than 68,000 people in the Seattle region.
Tourism is a $17.4 billion industry that supports nearly 154,500 jobs, contributes $1.1 billion in local and state tax revenues and ranks fourth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) produced in Washington.
Direct spending by domestic and international travelers generates more than $700 billion in the nation’s economy. The industry also represents one of America’s largest employers, accounting for more than 10 million direct and indirect jobs.
To learn more, visit:
U.S. Travel Association
U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Travel & Tourism Industries
Why Tourism Matters
Why Tourism Matters is a nonprofit public outreach campaign that supports the tourism industry in Seattle and Washington State. The program’s web site aggregates current news, trends, initiatives and statistics at the local, state and national levels.