• Annual Outlook Study: Seattle’s Tourism Industry is Recovering

     
    POSTED May 5, 2022
     
  • Annual Outlook Study: Seattle’s Tourism Industry is Recovering

     
    POSTED May 5, 2022
     
  • Annual Outlook Study: Seattle’s Tourism Industry is Recovering

     
    POSTED May 5, 2022
     

How are we doing? Pretty good. That was the bottom-line assessment that was shared with the nearly 600 tourism and professionals who attended Visit Seattle’s Annual Outlook Meeting at the Westin Seattle on March 31.

Some highlights from the 2021 study showed:

  • In a year focused on recovery efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, Seattle and King County saw an increase in visitor volume, expenditures, tax contributions and travel-related employment for Seattle and King County in 2021.
  • Preliminary estimates indicate that a total of 27.5 million visitors came to the city and county in 2021, a 25% increase from the previous year, according to the Visit Seattle report, which was created in conjunction with its national research firm, Tourism Economics. Overnight visitors increased 37.8% to 14.7 million.
  • Those visitors spent $5.6 billion in the city and county in 2021 – an impressive increase of 43.8% from the challenging previous year. Visitors paid $550.5 million in state and local taxes in 2021, an increase of 50.7% from the previous year.
  • Tourism related jobs also continued to recover in the city and county in 2021; there were 58,085 travel related jobs (up by 19.3%) in Seattle and King County. 

“While tourism’s recovery to pre-pandemic levels will be years in the making, we are encouraged to see considerable progress made in 2021,” Visit Seattle’s outgoing president and CEO Tom Norwalk said. “After two challenging years, we are very optimistic about our destination’s outlook in 2022. Our future is incredibly bright and I will always be cheering this region on.”

From making her kids’ Kraken Halloween costumes inspired by Seattle’s National Hockey League team to chasing the sun in eastern Washington looking for spots to camp, Kelly Saling’s love for the Pacific Northwest is apparent in all aspects of her life—including her career. Promoted to senior vice president and chief sales officer at Visit Seattle in September 2021, Saling pulls from this personal appreciation to plug people into the region’s array of venues, natural landscapes, and everything in between.

 

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