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Become a Partner Today!

Why? The reasons are many. Partner benefits and opportunities abound. Joining us as a Partner of Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism enables you to tap into the thriving visitor industry in Whatcom County.

The first step? Keep in the know. Sign up here for our industry communications for Whatcom County businesses and organizations. Catch up on previous newsletters with data and highlights here.

First come, first serve! We are now offering a hyperlocal package of digital wayfinding services to help ensure search engine visibility for Whatcom County’s businesses, services and amenities. Working with Intellitonic, qualifying recipients will receive a one-time SEO treatment valued at $1,500 and subsidized by BWCT at 50% (the cost to participating businesses will be $750 each). Search engine optimization is a multifaceted digital marketing strategy that leverages knowledge of how search engines function to improve a website’s visibility in online searches and increase traffic to the website of a brand or organization. APPLY HERE!

We pull people, ideas, and outreach together. Why join?

  • Exposure & advertising is the main reason many join. We are constantly engaging in out-of-market (and often in-market) targeted outreach to folks looking for things to do! Engage with us, and you'll find there are possibilities for us to support your organization or campaigns on social media, in paid advertising, with travel writers and editors, in printed guides and materials, in email marketing, in digital campaigns, in video projects, and much, much more!
  • Referrals from Bureau staff and volunteers in response to convention and tourism-related inquiries.
  • Promotional & Sampling opportunities abound when you give your product as a prize for a contest that we're either hosting, or investing in as a buy with a major out-of-market partner.
  • Networking Opportunities at regularly scheduled events offer new ways to market your business.
  • Sales Missions, conducted by our sales department, enable you to cost effectively market your company nationally and internationally.
  • Bureau Mailings keep you informed about the visitor industry and Bureau programs.
  • Educational Workshops and Presentations allow your business to engage more deeply in the visitor industry.
  • Investment in the economic development of our region. Your partnership dues provide the Bureau with the means to competitively market Bellingham Whatcom County as a visitor destination. The high tide lifts all boats!
  • Co-op partner marketing opportunities. Paid inclusions often allow our partners to access expensive out-of-market buys they couldn't afford alone.

Partner Testimonials

"I am so glad I found Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism. The staff is very accessible and eager to help whenever I have a question. Since becoming a member, a large percentage of my customers has come from them."
Linda Gray, Owner of Northwest Guided Tours

"As a local business owner of a yoga studio and healing spa in Ferndale, I recently became a member of Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism. I was looking for a smart and effective way to spend my advertising dollars and I couldn't be any happier. I have seen measurable results for my business immediately after joining and my membership has paid for itself many-fold in the amount of exposure and clients in the door. It's only been two months and with my experience so far I expect to be a long time member of Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism." 
Alyssa Springs, Owner of Flow Motion

“We want to take a minute before too much time goes by and express our thanks and gratitude to you for signing us up as members!  You have been super helpful (including responding quickly even when you were on vacation!) and super patient with my redundant questions.  Took a look at a similar sized community and joining their visitor’s association and it's not quite the same.  You spoiled us dang it!  Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism is a great value for the membership and you're helping us realize our potential as a new business!”
Ray & Joey, Owners of The Bigfoot Adventure

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        We acknowledge that Whatcom County is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. They cared for the lands that included what we’d call the Puget Sound region, Vancouver Island and British Columbia since time immemorial. This gives us the great obligation and opportunity to learn how to care for our surrounding areas and all the natural and human resources we require to live. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
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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