Who do you want to visit you this summer? How about your mother, your best friend, or your nieces and nephews? Now is your chance to invite them to experience the Yakima Valley and all of Washington, with the launch of Washington State Tourism’s “Share Your Washington” promotion.
Created in partnership with the Yakima Valley Visitors and Convention Bureau and destinations around the state, Washington residents can send their family and friends a special Share Your Washington invitation online at www.ShareYourWashington.com.
Running from now through June 15, the Share Your Washington promotion encourages Washingtonians to invite their loved ones to visit, while also entering into a sweepstakes for the chance to win airfare on Alaska Airlines.
Entering is simple – residents of Washington visit ShareYourWashington.com to send electronic postcards to friends outside the state, which automatically enters the sender into the sweepstakes. The Share Your Washington postcard will also include special deals and discounts for the visitor, such as chances to win a local getaway, shopping discounts or special rates at local hotels. One of the postcards is of wine vineyards in the Yakima Valley.
“Tourism is Washington’s fourth largest industry, and our local economies depend on travelers to support local jobs and businesses,” said John Cooper, President of Washington State Destination Marketing Organizations Association (WSDMO). “The Share Your Washington program allows residents to make a difference in helping support their local tourism economies. If we all get one person to visit, we could help create 20,000 Washington jobs.”
In 2010, travelers spent $15.2 billion in Washington, according to the recently released Washington State Travel Impacts Study, making 2010 the second best year on record for the state. Visitor spending generated nearly $1 billion in tax revenue and supported 143,800 jobs. In Yakima County, visitors spend $311 million a year and support 3,370 jobs.