About the Lynnwood Tourism Program
Tourism is an important industry in Washington State, Snohomish County and the City of Lynnwood. In Snohomish County alone, there are over 10,000 jobs related to tourism, accounting for $250 million in payroll, $31 million in local taxes and $63 million in state taxes. Visitor spending in Snohomish County in 2014 was $992.9 million, with the majority coming from overnight visitors.
The City of Lynnwood has an active tourism development program designed to attract overnight visitors to local hotels. With over 1,400 hotel rooms and rates significantly below those available in Seattle, the tourism promotion campaign focuses on quality lodging at affordable rates. A central location, easy proximity to Seattle, Bellevue and Boeing as well as the Puget Sound, mountains, waterways and wildlife make Lynnwood an ideal location for those interested in exploring the Puget Sound Region. Business travelers prefer Lynnwood because in addition to the lower rates, the entertainment, shopping and dining options provide a variety of after-hours activities.
The tourism development program is funded by the lodging tax the city collects. As mandated by State law (RCW 67.28) lodging taxes can only be used to promote tourism related activities and facilities.
In addition to funding the tourism development program, lodging taxes are used to help reduce the Lynnwood Public Facilities debt for the Lynnwood Convention Center and to help fund the Snohomish County Tourism Program.
RCW 67.28 also required the establishment of a 5 member Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) to oversee expenditures from the lodging tax fund. The 5 member LTAC consists of the Chair, an elected official, 2 lodging tax collectors and 2 lodging tax recipients. In addition to the State mandated LTAC, Lynnwood has assembled a Tourism Advisory Committee (TAC) consisting oft he LTAC members, a retail representative, a restaurant and a citizen at large. TAC/LTAC provides input and recommendations tot he City Council on lodging tax expenditures. They play a critical role in the development of the City's tourism work program.