Travelers spent $371 million in Yakima County in 2014.
Visitors directly support 3,590 jobs in local tourism industries. Tourism created an additional 1,400 jobs for Yakima County in support industries.
Visitors to Yakima County generated $32 million in state and local taxes. These are new revenues that support local infrastructure and other vital services.
Convention Center attendees contributed more than $11.6 million of direct speding to the local economy.
Did you know that tourism is the 4th largest industry in Washington? That conventions, meetings and sporting events play a big role in travel to Yakima County? That you can make a difference in our economy through tourism? Well you can!
If each household in our county attracted just one additional overnight visitor, 143 new jobs would be created plus $13.26 million in new visitor spending.
(source: Dean Runyan Associates, Yakima County spending data, 2014)
Bring It Home Yakima is a project of the Yakima Convention Center, Yakima Valley Tourism, Yakima Valley Sports Commission and Centerplate Catering. Its role is to help local citizens, organizations and groups to invite and host their conventions, meetings and tourneys to the Yakima Convention Center or area sporting facilities.
This includes groups like the Elks and Rotary, educational organizations, trade associations, special interest clubs, hobby groups, youth and adult sporting events...the list goes on.
The benefits are many. More visitors mean more jobs, more businesses, more sales taxes to pay for public services and a strong economy. Plus, we’ll be awarding those who help us bring events to town with great prizes in 2014-2015 like overnight trips and gift cards.
Join us in building our local economy by bringing groups to your home town. We’re here to help you all through the process. Click this link to fill out a simple form and we’ll be in touch to help you bring your event to Yakima!