SEATTLE (February 6, 2012)Seattle Southside Visitor Services, the official tourism department for the cities of Tukwila, SeaTac, Kent and Des Moines, celebrates its 10thAnniversary in 2012 and releases the 2011 Annual Report that conveys continued growth for the tourism industry.

According to Dean Runyan Associates, in 2011, travelers spent $592.1 million in Seattle Southside and helped generate more than $57 million in tax revenues for Seattle Southside and Washington State. The tourism industry employs 5,010 people in Seattle Southside while travel spending generates $173.1 million in wages.

“Each of these cities has individual attributes that contribute to making Seattle Southside an attractive destination to travelers. It’s exciting to see how much we’ve been able to accomplish by working together rather than competing against one another,” said Katherine Kertzman, program director of Seattle Southside Visitor Services. “Tourism has grown steadily over the last decade in Seattle Southside and I’m excited for the next decade.”

On Wednesday, February 8, 2012, Seattle Southside will host the Annual Tourism Network Meeting at the Seattle Airport Marriott. The event will feature an insightful look at the past, present and future of Seattle Southside Tourism hosted by Katherine Kertzman, program director of SSVS, and Event MC Meeghan Black, host of KING5 Evening Magazine.  Guests will enjoy appetizers, a no-host bar and prize giveaways that include a Sony Cyber-shot digital camera. For additional information or to register, please visit www.seattlesouthside.com/tnm.

About Seattle Southside Visitor Services

Seattle Southside Visitor Services (SSVS) is the leading tourism and marketing organization in South King County. The program offered jointly by the Cities of Tukwila, SeaTac, Kent and Des Moines, is responsible for competitively marketing the area as an ideal travel destination for tourists who wish to explore Western Washington. For more information, please visit www.seattlesouthside.com