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Old and New Properties Are Turning the Eastside Into a Hospitality Hotspot


By Margo Greenman  

In May, Visit Bellevue Washington, Bellevue's destination marketing organization, hosted its biennial Tourism Spotlight. The event highlighted the recent business and travel activity in the area, and according to the organization, tourism is booming.  

From 2015 to 2016, for example, Visit Bellevue said the city saw a 14 percent increase in overnight visitors, a 20 percent increase in overnight visitors, and a total of $762 million in visitor spending on everything from dining and entertainment, to shopping and outdoor recreation.

As tourism continues to grow, local industries are benefiting. And at the top of the food chain is hospitality. But what exactly is driving this growth? Eastside experts say there a few factors at play. 

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