Industry

Tourism Impacts

Tourism is important economic development for the Olympic Peninsula. In 2017, visitor spending throughout Clallam, Jefferson and Mason counties combined exceeded $550 million. That same visitor spending generated $28.1 million in Washington state taxes, and another $11.1 million in local city and county taxes. Tourism supported 7,120 jobs on the Olympic Peninsula, generating local earnings of $167.1 million. In a rural area like the Olympic Peninsula, tourism represents a significant economic engine.

Clallam County 2017 Visitor Spending

Jefferson County 2017 Visitor Spending

Mason County 2017 Visitor Spending

Olympic Peninsula Annual Tourism Highlights 2016-2017

(Data compiled from the Washington State Travel Impacts & Visitor Volume, 2000-2017p Report, dated May 2018 and prepared by Dean Runyan Associates for Washington Tourism Alliance.)

Tourism Grant Funding

There are a variety of potential sources of grant funding for non-profit, tourism-related businesses and events. Each has its own qualifications, requirements and timelines. Many of these are funded through Washington State lodging tax, and thus must meet the state requirements for lodging tax use (Ref. RCW 67.28.1817).

Here is a reference list of some potential grant sources:

Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau (Clallam County)

The Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau (OPVB) receives funding from room tax revenues generated in unincorporated Clallam County and bears an obligation to promote and enhance lodging nights in and for unincorporated Clallam County. The Tourism Enhancement Fund is designed to encourage tourism-related projects/events in Clallam County that attract overnight visitors.

Potential Grant Funding Resources:

2018 OPVB Grant Guidelines

2018 OPVB Grant Application

2018 OPVB Grant Reimbursement Part 1

2018 OPVB Grant Reimbursement Part 2

Reference List – Other Potential Grant Sources

City of Port Angeles Lodging Tax Advisory Committee

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Port of Port Angeles / Community Partner Program

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City of Sequim Lodging Tax Advisory Committee

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Port of Seattle / Tourism Marketing Support Program

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Port of Seattle / Spotlight Program

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Tourism Summit

Annually, tourism practitioners and businesses from around the Olympic Peninsula and surrounding areas, gather to discuss travel trends, share marketing ideas and best practices with one another. The 2018 Olympic Peninsula Tourism Summit will be held in Port Angeles, WA, on November 1 and 2, 2018. Check back for further updates and registration information.

Tourism Industry Alliances

As one of our colleagues always says, “Tourism is a team sport”. In addition to the many tourism associates here on the Olympic Peninsula, we collaborate with others across the region.

Experience Washington

Washington Tourism Alliance

Washington Hospitality Association

Visit Seattle

Port of Seattle

Tourism Victoria