Tourism matters to Seattle Southside. Being located near the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, two major metropolitan areas and the transit corridor, we see a lot of visitors—nearly four million guests stay in our hotels annually.
Hotels and meeting facilities, attractions, restaurants, cultural institutions, tour companies and transportation providers are among the local businesses greatly impacted by travel to Washington State. The tourism industry in King County employs more than 49,000 people and generates total direct visitor spending of $5.5 billion and $440 million in state and local tax revenue. Tourism touches the community in countless other ways.