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February 28, 2013 at 11:16 AM

They came, they saw, they spent a lot: Seattle tourism surges

They like us, they really like us: Seattle visitor numbers broke a record in 2012. (Photo by Ken Lambert, Seattle Times)

For the first time, the number of overnight visitor stays in the Seattle area has topped 10 million a year.

It was 10.2 million in 2012, to be precise, up 2.9 percent from the year before. And those visitors spent – a lot.  They dropped more than $5.9 billion in the city and King County, according to Visit Seattle.

Those statistics are  making for a happy annual meeting   of Visit Seattle, the destination-marketing group that released the numbers Thursday.

Things are looking good this year, too,  said a statement from Tom Norwalk, the Visit Seattle president and CEO. “Seattle and the region are well positioned for growth and may very well out pace many other destinations and the U.S. as a whole in 2013.”

Seattle hotels had a happy year, with more rooms filled in 2012 than in the past decade.  Visitor occupancy was 78 percent.

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