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January 14, 2015 at 4:58 PM

Seattle Museum Month offers half-price admission to hotel guests in February

Seattle’s Monorail emerges from a tunnel through the EMP museum, one of many Seattle-area museums offering half-price admission to Seattle hotel guests in February. (photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times) Guests of participating Seattle hotels in February will get half-price admission to more than 40 local museums as part of the inaugural Seattle…

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September 4, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Zac and Sam get free marriage in Seattle as city woos LGBT visitors

Mayor Ed Murray, center, officiates at the wedding of Zac Baker, left, and Sam Busch, right, in Seattle. The couple was the first to get a hosted wedding in Seattle as part of a LGBT tourism-marketing campaign. (Ron Wurzer photo) Seattle wants more LGBT visitors, and to help entice them it’s launched a “Marry Me in…

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March 18, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Taking stock, and celebrating, Seattle tourism

The Space Needle, a Seattle icon for tourists and locals. (Bettina Hansen photo, The Seattle Times, 2013) Visit Seattle, the city’s marketing organization, held its annual meeting Tuesday and highlighted everything from the Seattle Seahawks to international visitors and the release of a new video celebrating the city. The nonprofit group also released its 2014 annual report,…

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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.

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February 6, 2013 at 6:00 AM

We’re Metronatural no more — but will “Visit Seattle” trip off your tongue?

If you’ve been lurking around Seattle since the Early Cretaceous as some of us have, you may remember some of the incarnations of the city’s visitor-promotion agency and how it has packaged our fair city. In 2006, Seattle’s new promotional slogan, “Metronatural,” was painted in 18-foot letters atop the Space Needle. Now, the slogan has been…

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