Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
I never get tired of eagle pictures. This one was taken a few days ago. The eagle was busy preening and I was jumping up and down on the deck and making weird noises to get it's attention. Finally it looked straight at me and then went back to preening.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
The following is from the Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau and very important for all interested in tourism in Washington State to read and act upon:
Urgent Action Request
State Tourism Office in Jeopardy of Losing Funding
The proposed budget released today by the Washington State Senate slashes the entire state general fund tourism budget. If enacted, this would mean the end of the Washington State Tourism program and serious ramifications for the tourism industry statewide.
We urge you to call or write your state senator immediately to tell them that tourism matters to your business and your community. It is especially important to communicate with members of the Senate Ways and Means Committee. The committee will hear the budget proposal this afternoon. If possible, please reach out immediately and forward this e-mail to others who are invested in our industry’s success.
To find your legislative district and elected officials, visit:
Below is the language from the budget documents relating to the state tourism program – feel free to reference it in your communications with legislators:
INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS - $7MILLION GENERAL FUND-STATE SAVINGS
Reductions are made in several programs in the International Trade and Economic Development Division, including Tourism Development ($3.2 million), Associate Development Organization Grants ($1.8 million), Washington Technology Center ($130,000) and Regional Services ($788,000). Additional budget information shows a reduction of 3.0 FTE’s in the tourism program. The cuts are found in section 126 of PSSB 6444.
Tourism Matters to Washington State
• Tourism supports some 147,600 jobs and stimulates $4.2 billion in earnings
• Tourists spend money - $14.2 billion in the state
• Tourists contribute nearly $1 billion in local/state tax revenue
• According to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) produced, tourism ranks 4th as an industry, following software, aerospace and agriculture & food
• Tourism supports existing companies
• Tourism stimulates new business development
• Hotel/motel taxes support arts and cultural institutions, sports, transportation projects and much more
Sustained tourism marketing and promotion is vital for all us all. Please take immediate action on this issue!