Office Hours

Tourism rebounds in 2010

Tourists spent $15.2 billion in Washington last year, a 7.4 percent over 2009, according to preliminary figures released today by the state Department of Commerce.

The rise in visitor spending generated a five percent increase in local and state tax revenues, although just a one percent bump in sales taxes, the report says.

Travel-related employment held steady at about 143,800, and earnings at about $4.3 billion.

The estimated spending for 2010 _ complete figures with county breakdowns will not be available until later this year _ was second to the record of $15.4 billion set in 2008. Expenditures fell to $11.1 billion in 2009. 




You must be logged in to post comments. Please log in here or click the comment box below for options.

comments powered by Disqus
« Back to Office Hours
Bert Caldwell
Bert Caldwell oversees production of the opinion pages, including writing editorials, and editing and selecting letters, columns and cartoons.





Close

Sections


Profile

Close

Contact the Spokesman

Main switchboard:
(509) 459-5000
(800) 338-8801
Newsroom:
(509) 459-5400
(800) 789-0029
Customer service:
(800) 338-8801