Conventions Mean Business in Bellevue: Economic Impact of Visitor Spending

Visitors to Bellevue mean dollars infused into the economy.  Think about your last trip somewhere. What did you do at your destination? Once visitors arrive to their destination they typically spend their money on a variety of goods and services including hotel bookings, transportation, meeting spaces, dining, shopping, and other entertainment. Great; but what does all this spending mean to Bellevue? Two words: ECONOMIC IMPACT.

There are two types of visitors that Visit Bellevue Washington aims to attract to Bellevue. The first is who many of us likely picture when we hear the word “visitor” – the tourist that engages in leisurely activities such as dining, shopping, outdoor exploring, visiting attractions, etc.  However, there is a second type of visitor, the “convention” visitor, and this person is just as important to Bellevue.

The Washington State Dental Association (WSDA) is an example of a convention group that Visit Bellevue Washington brings to Bellevue.  The WSDA will be holding their annual meeting, The Pacific Northwest Dental Conference (PNDC), in Bellevue June 13-14. This year’s conference represents just the first of five annual meetings that the WSDA will hold in Bellevue. As the infographic below illustrates, the value of a single convention group, such as the WSDA, can be significant:

The economic impact is calculated using the Event Impact Calculator of the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI).  This calculator measures the economic value of an event with a platform and models developed by Tourism Economics, an Oxford Economics company.

The economic impact is calculated using the Event Impact Calculator of the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI). This calculator measures the economic value of an event with a platform and models developed by Tourism Economics, an Oxford Economics company.

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