Despite the economy, tourism continued to prove an important part of the fabric and economy of Washington. Last week State Tourism released its 2009 annual report.
According to the report, travelers to Washington in 2009 spent more than $14 billion in the state and generated $235 of tax revenue for each Washington family. Although reflecting a decrease from peak year 2008, this decrease is reflective of national trends, with key contributing factors being drops in hotel room rates and gas prices in 2009. In fact, Washington has held its own in terms of national market share, despite a difficult economy and very competitive landscape.
Tourism supports more than 147,000 jobs in Washington, nearly five percent of the job force.