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Tacoma visitor bureau will host major tourism summit in February

Hope for good weather next February, particularly between the 24th and the 27th.

That’s when 150 domestic and international tour operators, along with 200 tourism-industry vendors, will come to Tacoma for the 2014 Go West Summit. The area can also expect attention from national media and U.S, embassy delegates, according to a release from the Tacoma Regional Visitor + Convention Bureau.

Five “experiential tours” known as Adventure Days will highlight key attractions in Pierce County – with the principal attractions being Mount Rainier, glass art and collector cars.

“Collaboration with statewide partners helped Pierce County secure Go West 2014,” said Bennish Brown, president and CEO of the bureau.. “This is an incredible opportunity for the local and state economy and travel industry to emphasize the assets and amenities of the Pacific Northwest.”

According to a Go West Summit survey, over $14.5 million worth of contracts were signed on the show floor during the 2013 conference in Fort Worth, Texas, and that conference is expected to generate more than 6.2 million visitors over 18 months.

Cities within Pierce County including Tacoma and Lakewood will prepare for the Go West Summit over the next six months, according to the release. The TRCVB will be working with area restaurants, attractions and surrounding cities to plan evening receptions and activities.

“As the second largest city in Pierce County, Lakewood is thrilled to welcome Go West to the region,” said Ellie Chambers-Grady, economic development manager for the City of Lakewood. “The county has so much to gain from hosting the summit, particularly within the international travel industry.”

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