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Tag: Tacoma Regional Convention and Visitor Bureau


Spanaway’s on the state’s tourism map, but not Lakewood?

We got an email notice today that the Washington Tourism Alliance has released its 2013 official Washington State Visitors’ Guide. The new print guide is linked to, the official state tourism web site.

Just out of curiosity, I wanted to see what the state website had to say about Lakewood, where I live. Needless to say, I was underwhelmed.

Go to the website, click on Regions and Cities, then on Metro Seattle (which includes King, Pierce and Thurston counties). Then click on Lakewood, and up comes a map – which designates the city with just

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Convention center puts Tacoma finances in even deeper hole

This editorial appears in Sunday’s print edition.

Three years ago, the manager of Tacoma’s convention center was so concerned about the facility’s financial condition that he wondered whether he should start preparing to shut it down.

Today, the situation is still grim. Besides presenting a huge budget problem for city officials, it’s become the subject of an investigation by the State Auditor’s Office.

A report today by News Tribune business reporter C.R. Roberts homes in on how the $80 million Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center sank into its financial morass. Although it was never expected to break even – that’s rare among such facilities – it’s not earning nearly as much through bookings as early supporters had projected. And its two other main funding sources – from the hotel-motel tax and a cut of the state sales tax – decreased during the recession. Read more »