Our neighborhood will have a strong voice at the table when a new tourism group gathers. Governor Jay Inslee announced the appointment of nine members to the Washington Tourism Marketing Authority Board. One of them is Cynthia Verge, director of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.
Board members will oversee a new fund to promote tourism in Washington state.
The board appointments are the culmination of a broad stakeholder effort that began in 2011, after post-recession budget cuts eliminated the state tourism department. Washington became the only state without statewide tourism funding despite tourism being one of Washington’s largest industries.