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Goldendale Chamber Develops Tourism Program

The Greater Goldendale Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Goldendale has been instrumental in developing a tourism program that would bring domestic and international tour operators with their clients to Klickitat County.

This was accomplished by engaging the professional services of Falcon’s Crest Inc, a company that specializes in working with rural destinations in developing their tourism product. A timeline of the program thus far is:

• February 2013 – Package Travel Seminar open to all interested parties

• March 2013 – Tourism Feasibility Study completed – Countywide

• May 2013 – Package Travel Feasibility Study Workshop – result unveiled

• July 2013 – Presentation to Klickitat County Commissioners

Three proposals were presented to the Klickitat County Commissioners, each with specific goals and costs.

The second proposal was recommended by Falcon’s Crest Inc, President, Melody Johnson. Included in that proposal would be the designing of eight (8) itineraries from eight (8) of the fourteen (14) broad based categories identified and the representation at the National Tour Association Travel Exchange to be held in Los Angeles, CA during the month of February 2014.

The Klickitat County Commissioners have recognized that this program is in line with County’s Economic Development plans and agrees with Johnson that this plan should be pursued. After a meeting with Commissioner Sauter, a directive was given to Earlene Sullivan, executive director of the Greater Goldendale Area Chamber of Commerce. That directive was to organize a Klickitat County Tourism Advocacy Group that would show support of the tourism programs such as Package Travel.

Package travel is an important tourism opportunity for the entire county. For every motor coach that spends 24 hours in a community, $10,000 - $15,000 worth of income is generated by that group.

An initial Package Travel Advocacy Group meeting will be held at the Lyle Activity Center on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. Falcon’s Crest Inc. will be in attendance to offer details on the proposal that the commissioners have deemed most important.

For more information contact Earlene at 509-773-3400 or execdir@goldendalechamber.org

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