It’s a sign of the times. Cash-strapped states are slashing budgets, and tourism is often one victim. But the meetings and hospitality industries in the state of Washington are not taking it sitting down. With Washington state lawmakers poised to eliminate all funding for tourism promotion at the end of this fiscal year, the state’s convention and visitors bureaus are banding together to create their own mechanism to attract visitors. While lawmakers allocated $1.8 million to the ...

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