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22 January 2017

Statewide Tourism Marketing Program Ready for Legislators

The Suburban Times

Washington would no longer be the only state in the nation without a statewide tourism marketing program under legislation introduced in both the state House and Senate this week.  The legislation would create an industry-led Tourism Marketing Authority and provide performance-based industry funding mechanisms without additional taxes.  Both HB1123 and SB 5251 (the same legislation but entered in both the Senate and House) have bipartisan support from legislators representing urban and rural districts throughout the state.
Opinion: National monuments drive economic growth 31 December 2016

Opinion: National monuments drive economic growth

The Mercury News

In addition to fueling the growth of fast-growing entrepreneurial companies, national monuments give a shot in the arm to local economies.
The Outdoor Industry Is About to Become a Serious Political Force 21 December 2016

The Outdoor Industry Is About to Become a Serious Political Force

Outside

Outdoor recreation is an economic colossus: its reach is massive, its wealth enormous, and its influence continues to grow as more boots hit the ground. You can see it in Joshua Tree’s crowded campgrounds or in Mount Tam’s trailhead parking lots; in the Appalachian Trail’s thru-hiking numbers or in REI’s record sales. Americans are heading outdoors in huge numbers and paying handsomely for the privilege. But how much, precisely? For years the industry’s contribution to the nation’s economy was as much guesswork as fact.
4 December 2016

Support for $2 Million Budget Request for No Child Left Inside Grant Program

Islandwood letter to Governor Inslee

Thank you for your strong support of the No Child Left Inside grant program, which is helping young people from 11 districts (2,5,7,10,12,13,14,20,35,39,42) across the state participate in outdoor education and recreation programs this year.  We appreciate all of your efforts to help young people connect with the natural world. (View entire letter)
Making the Case for the Value of Getting People Outdoors 23 November 2016

Making the Case for the Value of Getting People Outdoors

November 22, 2016

On November 22, a group of outdoor recreation advocates got the chance to meet with Governor Jay Inslee to reinforce important messages about the importance of policies and investment focused on the great outdoors.  Here’s a photo of the group, which included Big Tent President Marc Berejka and the Governor’s outdoor recreation policy adviser Jon Snyder (far left and second from far left), as well as Big Tent Board Member Katherine Hollis of the Mountaineers (fourth from left).”

21 November 2016

Sales of Discover Pass Increasing, Funding Still Short

Heraldnet, Everett WA

OLYMPIA — Discover Pass sales are on the rise as residents and tourists grow accustomed to paying a fee to visit state parks and recreation lands. But it is unlikely the program will ever generate enough money to cover the full cost of operating Washington’s public parks system as lawmakers envisioned when they created the user fee program in 2011.
Next Big Tent Board Meeting 11/17/2016 6 November 2016

Next Big Tent Board Meeting 11/17/2016

10 am - 12 pm at the Northwest Marine Trade Association

The Big Tent board meeting is open to all.  Agenda includes an advocacy discussion; 2017 budget; and future board meeting date selection.  Contact info@bigtentcoalition.info with questions.

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A state study completed by the Recreation and Conservation Office in January 2015, finds that people in Washington spend nearly $22 billion each year hiking, skiing, boating, golfing, and in other outdoor pursuits.  See Study

 

January 2014 - Outdoor recreation is an economic powerhouse in the United States, each year generating $646 billion in customer spending and 6.1 million direct jobs.  See Study

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