The cities of Tukwila, SeaTac and Des Moines are becoming destinations in their own right.

The Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority — a collaboration among the three cities — reports that tourists spent $665 million last year, a 6.8 percent increase over 2014. It’s the fifth consecutive year of growth.

Redondo Beach's waterfront in Des Moines is among the tourist attractions in Southwest King County.

Redondo Beach's waterfront in Des Moines is among the tourist attractions in Southwest… more

ANTHONY BOLANTE

The three cities employ 4,950 in the tourism industry. For every dollar spent by the tourism authority, visitors spent $18.57, according to the report compiled by Portland-based Dean Runyan Associates.

Marketing efforts revolve around the cities’ proximity to Seattle, affordability and activities in the cities themselves.

On top of an already existing 1 percent lodging tax, the effort is funded by a new $2 per room surcharge levied on hotel operators. The organization’s annual budget is about $4 million.

You can read more about tourism in the three cities here.

 

Source: http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2016/03/08/tourism-spending-rises-again-in-southwest-king.html