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Visit Seattle: 40.9 million visitors spent more than $7.9 billion in 2018

40.9 million visitors spent more than $7.9 billion in Seattle

Visit Seattle released its full 2018 tourism report. In 2018, more than 40.9 million visitors spent $7.9 billion in the city and county, up by 2.5 percent and 5.8 percent respectively.

According to the final report created in conjunction with Visit Seattle’s national research firms, Tourism Economics and Longwoods International, of the 40.9 million visitors, 38 million came from other parts of the U.S. and the remaining 2.9 million were international travelers.

“Seattle and our region is an inspiring destination and it is an honor to share it with the millions of visitors that come here from all over the world each year,” Visit Seattle President & CEO Tom Norwalk said. “Nine years of record-breaking growth does not happen by chance – it happens because of the dedicated individuals who work across the tourism industry in nearly a dozen sectors on behalf of the city, county and state. Sharing the passion for this place is in the DNA of each person here – from restaurant servers to hoteliers, market vendors to business owners to the Seattleite who gives a recommendation to their favorite corner bistro. The people of Seattle make this city stand apart and continue to inspire all who visit.”

Highlights from the 2018 tourism report include:

Trends in Seattle travel include the following:

Additionally, Visit Seattle engaged with a combined audience of 630,000 followers across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram resulting in 70 million impressions in 2018.