‘Share Your Washington’ and earn travel prizes

April 22, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 8 a.m. April 22, 2011

Washington State Tourism is inviting Washingtonians to invite friends and family members to visit the Evergreen Green as part of the Share Your Washington promotion.

Running through June 15, Share Your Washington encourages people to send invitations. In the process, participants also automatically enter a sweepstakes for the chance to win trips from Alaska Airlines.

Entering is simple. Washingtonians can visit the Share Your Washington website to send electronic postcards to friends. No limit exists for the number of times residents can enter. The more friends and family they invite, the more chances they have to win the grand prize.

Share Your Washington is also on Facebook. Washington State Tourism is encouraging people to use the hashtag #ShareYourWA to discuss the promotion on Twitter.

The grand prize package includes unlimited air travel within Washington on Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air numbered flights for the winner and companion for a whole year from July 2011 to June 2012, and a pair of round trip coach tickets for two people anywhere Alaska Airlines flies.

“Tourism is Washington’s fourth-largest export-oriented industry, and our local economies depend on travelers to support local jobs and businesses,” John Cooper, president of Washington State Destination Marketing Organizations Association, said in a release. “The Share Your Washington program allows residents to make a difference in helping support their local tourism economies. If we all get one person to visit, we could help create 20,000 Washington jobs.”

Travelers spent $15.2 billion in Washington last year, according to the Washington State Travel Impacts Study. The figure makes 2010 the second-best year on record for the state. Visitor spending generated nearly $1 billion in tax revenue and supported 143,800 jobs.

“Share Your Washington was created as a fun and upbeat way for Washingtonians to unite behind a common cause that helps their communities and the whole state,” Marsha Massey, Washington State Tourism executive director, said in a release. “It’s important to remember that supporting tourism generation and job growth in Washington is as easy as inviting your friends and family to come and visit!”

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