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September 4, 2014 at 11:36 AM

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

Seattle wants more LGBT visitors, and to help entice them it’s launched a “Marry Me in Seattle” program and  sweepstakes to highlight the city’s welcoming culture — and marriage equality. ‘ The first winners — there’s one all-expenses-paid wedding a month from September through December — got married on Wednesday. Mayor Ed Murray, Seattle’s first openly…


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March 18, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Taking stock, and celebrating, Seattle tourism

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, emphasizing the economic importance of vacation and business travel to Seattle and King County. Among the…


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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. Back in 1982, the Seattle-King County Convention and Visitors Bureau officially dubbed us the Emerald City, after a public contest to…


Comments | Topics: metronatural, Seattle, tourism campaigns