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Originally published Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 10:02 AM

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Tourists spent $14.2 billion in Washington last year

The 2009 Travel Impacts Report says tourists generated 147,600 jobs in Washington state and spent $14.2 billion.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Visitors spent $14.2 billion last year in Washington, says a new study.

The 2009 Travel Impacts Report released Tuesday by the Department of Commerce and Washington State Tourism says the visitors generated 147,600 jobs — nearly 4 percent of all jobs in the state.

The report shows a slight decrease in travel spending from peak year 2008, but says that Washington held its own in national market share.

The report was prepared for the Department of Commerce by Dean Runyan Associates. Get more information at www.experiencewa.com/Industry

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