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Winthrop Rink has another impressive winter season

Winthrop Rink has another impressive winter season

Hockey tournaments a big boost to the local tourism economy By Don Nelson Despite a shorter season, the Winthrop Rink saw increased usage in several areas during its second winter of operation with a permanent refrigeration system. Rink manager Connor Walsh recently reported on the rink’s 2017-18 performance, noting that the adults’ and kids’ hockey...
Town Council sees preliminary plans for ‘Winthrop in Motion’

Town Council sees preliminary plans for ‘Winthrop in Motion’

From broad strokes to intricate details, the “Winthrop In Motion” plan for more-efficient pedestrian, bicycle and motorized traffic through the town is sure to generate discussion if not debate. And that is the intent of both town planners and the consultants hired to develop the complex proposal.
Winthrop, Methow Valley set records for lodging taxes

Winthrop, Methow Valley set records for lodging taxes

Winthrop and the Methow Valley had a record year in 2016 for the number of visitors, measured by big increases in overnight lodging tax revenues. Winthrop was up 18 percent in 2016 over 2015’s record-setting year, and the Methow Valley as a whole, including Mazama and Twisp, was up 23 percent last year over 2015’s hotel/motel...
Commissioners seek info from tourism council

Commissioners seek info from tourism council

The Okanogan County commissioners have asked the organization that markets the county to tourists for more detailed information about how it promotes different regions of the county. The commissioners also want the Okanogan County Tourism Council …
County mulls options for promoting tourism

County mulls options for promoting tourism

The Okanogan County commissioners and a committee that oversees tourism promotions recently heard two proposals for marketing the county as a travel destination: from the Okanogan County Tourism Council (OCTC) …
Visualizing Twisp

Visualizing Twisp

What might a “revitalized” Twisp need to look like in order to boost the town’s tourism economy? That was the broad topic at a meeting last week hosted by the Twisp Chamber of Commerce, where local business and organizational leaders heard some ideas about how…
Tourism promotion gets local thumbs-down

Tourism promotion gets local thumbs-down

By Ann McCreary
A $150,000 marketing campaign aimed at luring visitors to areas impacted by wildfires and other natural disasters last summer has raised questions among some Methow Valley residents about its portrayal of the valley and Okanogan County.
Mount Vernon firm chosen to handle state-funded tourism promotion

Mount Vernon firm chosen to handle state-funded tourism promotion

By Don Nelson
The Economic Alliance has selected BrandQuery, a Mount Vernon-based company that calls itself a “brand enhancement agency,” to create and launch a marketing campaign intended to help draw visitors back to the Methow Valley and Okanogan County. Earlier this month, Gov. Jay Inslee approved a request …
State grant to promote tourism in county, valley

State grant to promote tourism in county, valley

By Don Nelson
The Methow Valley and Okanogan County will get some help from the state to promote the region’s beleaguered tourism industry, in the wake of devastating wildfires that discouraged untold potential visitors over the past several weeks. Gov. Jay Inslee announced Friday (Aug. 15) that he has approved a request from …...
Valley touts ‘open for business’ message to help convince tourists to come back

Valley touts ‘open for business’ message to help convince tourists to come back

By Don Nelson
Above the roar of flames and crack of lightning strikes, the Methow Valley continues to get its message out: We are open for business and ready for visitors. But the toll on seasonal income for the valley’s tourism-dependent economy is mounting as fires, power outages and road closures continue to discourage...