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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 14, 2019

MEDIA CONTACT:
Sandy Ward, Director of Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism
sandy@bellingham.org
(360) 671-3990 x 209

Visitor Spending in Whatcom County Totaled $705.7 Million in 2018 and Ranks 5th in Washington State After King, Pierce, Spokane, and Snohomish Counties

Travel spending reached the $24.4 billion mark in 2018 in the State of Washington - this according to the Washington Tourism Alliance who recently released new tourism economic impact figures for all 39 counties. Data was compiled by Dean Runyan Associates. Whatcom County ranks 5th in the state in terms of visitor spending after King, Pierce, Spokane, and Snohomish Counties.  Visitors spent $705.7*  million in Whatcom County in 2018. Visitor Spending in Whatcom County:

  • Food Service (restaurants and grocery stores
    • $277.3 million
  • Retail
    •  $102.1 million
  • Air and ground travel
    • $96.0 million
  • Accommodations
    • $90.0 million
  • Recreation, arts & entertainment
    • $ 72.3 million
  • Transportation & gas
    • $67.9 million
  • Total    
    • $705.7  million
Tourism in Whatcom County Generates:
  • Jobs
    • 6,910
  • Payroll
    • $174.9 million
  • Local Taxes
    • $17.9 million
  • State Taxes
    • $40.1 million
Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism is the official Destination Marketing Organization for Whatcom County, and participates actively with Washington Tourism Alliance. Visitor information is at Bellingham.org.  

Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism
Visitor Center Located at I-5 Exit 253 - Check Hours
904 Potter Street, Bellingham, WA 98229
Phone: 360-671-3990
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