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March 14, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. March 14, 2010

State tourism officials showcased Issaquah Alps trails and the Salmon Days Festival in the new official state travel planner.

Washington State Tourism and the state Department of Commerce recently released a 152-page, full-color print travel planner, and also made the guide available online here.

Organizers said the online offering represented a way to decrease the environmental impact of the guide. Besides English, find versions of the online guide in Spanish, French, German and Japanese translations.

Order a printed copy of the planner for free through the state tourism Web site or by calling 800-544-1800 toll free.

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Tracks readied for return of the trolley

March 9, 2010

 The first of two trolleys from Aspen, Colo., was delivered to Issaquah Nov. 25, 2002, here being placed into position at the train depot. File

Work on the long-planned effort to bring trolley service to downtown Issaquah will relaunch by late spring, after a yearslong hiatus.

City planners last week announced a proposal to rehabilitate a little more than a half-mile of unused railroad track from the historic Issaquah Train Depot to Northwest Gilman Boulevard. The city administers federal grant dollars awarded to the Issaquah Valley Trolley Project, the group behind the $500,000 venture.

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City seeks tourism grant applications

October 20, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 20, 2009

City officials want ideas about how to spend hotel tax dollars to promote lodging and tourism.

Members of the city Lodging Tax Advisory Committee will accept requests until 4 p.m. Oct. 29. Click here to download the application form.

The committee will give special consideration to projects with detailed work programs, records of luring visitors to Issaquah and using city money to leverage additional dollars.

The committee will meet at 4 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Cougar Room at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way. The committee will review requests and make funding recommendations to the City Council.

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Boehm’s candy maker receives tourism award

May 19, 2009

Tyson Garbusjuk (left) and his father Bernard, of Boehm’s Candies, hold the 2009 Tourism Excellence Award. By Greg Farrar

Tyson Garbusjuk (left) and his father Bernard, of Boehm’s Candies, hold the 2009 Tourism Excellence Award. By Greg Farrar

Bernard Garbusjuk, of Boehm’s Candies, was honored last week as the first recipient of the Boehm’s Award for Issaquah Tourism Excellence.

The Boehm’s Award, presented by the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, is named after longtime Issaquah business partner Boehm’s Candies Inc. in recognition of the company’s foresight in creatively developing and marketing experience-based tourism.

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Chamber, local businesses begin tourism push

May 12, 2009

The Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce announced plans last week to begin a new era of tourism promotion, including a partnership with Outside Seattle, a Web-based tourism bureau that will encourage Seattle visitors to come east. Read more

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