$2 for Seattle

Most American’s are painfully aware of our country’s current economic hardships. In a time where the economy dominates news headlines, Individuals and entire industries are constantly pressured to find ways to remain financially stable.

Being forced to adapt might not be as bad as it sounds though. Necessity is the mother of invention and many businesses are coping with their financial troubles by becoming increasingly efficient and using creative solutions to deal with their problems.

What Seattle’s hospitality industry did after the state’s entire tourism budget was cut is a perfect example. Left without support for tourism advertisement and marketing, Seattle hotels proposed a two-dollar fee for stays in major properties that would go directly toward the now non-state funded sector.

2 dollars may not seem like much and hotel guest will most likely barely notice the fee, yet the amount of money generated could have a major effect in keeping Seattle’s tourism and hospitality industries afloat during these difficult times.

“It’s $2. It’s not a huge amount of money, and most people will kind of shrug their shoulders and go on with it,” said Tom Waithe, owner of a Seattle hotel.

If passed by the city council, The small fees could add up to a lot of money, the minimal amount each individual guest will pay is projected to add up to 5 to 6 million dollars, which will be vital to maintaining the city of Seattle’s tourism sector.

“Tourism is not a frill. Tourism is not a distraction. Tourism is big business,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine.

For more information on this story check out the original article from komonews.com

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