Industry Specific Groups

Have questions specific to your business? Here’s a collection of helpful links for Hotel, Restaurant, Retail, Marine Trades, and Tourism Sites

Washington Lodging Association
Information and resources for the lodging industry. The Washington Lodging Association (WLA) – incorporated in 1920 – is the non-profit trade and professional association dedicated to the interests of the lodging industry in Washington State. As the voice of Washington lodging, WLA works to ensure that the state’s laws and regulations support a fair business environment and allow the lodging industry to create jobs and grow the economy. WLA’s core purpose: To champion success for Washington State’s lodging community.  – View Site

Washington Restaurant Association
Information and resources for the restaurant industry. Founded in 1929, and based out of Olympia, the Washington Restaurant Association is the leading business association representing the state’s hospitality industry – the information and resources available through the WRA is vast. They publish a monthly news magazine, The Front Burner, provide online daily industry news, weekly emails and their Handbook for Excellent Restaurant Operations is regarded highly among restaurateurs. – View Site

Northwest Marine Trades Association
Information and resources for the marine trades industry. The Northwest Marine Trade Association’s purpose is to promote the growth of recreational boating and the businesses of their members. NMTA is the country’s largest regional marine association. Founded in 1947 to fight a proposed special tax on boaters, the Association quickly expanded its vision of a unified industry by pitching a tent on the shores of Lake Union and holding its first boat show. Today, with a membership exceeding 700, participation of individual companies like yours makes business better for all.  – View Site

Washington Retail Association
Information and resources for the retail industry. The Washington Retail Association (WRA) was established in 1987 by merchants concerned with advancing and safeguarding the well being of the retail industry. Today the Association is recognized by merchants, legislators, state officials and other trade groups as a powerful and effective spokesperson for the retail industry. WRA is the only association in Washington formed exclusively to advocate the unique interest of the retailing industry on state legislative and regulatory issues. – View Site

Washington Tourism Alliance – the official travel and tourism website for the State of Washington – provides destination information, maps, the official Washington State Visitors’ Guide and other important resources that help visitors plan their trip to Washington. – View Site

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