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Bill to boost tourism heads to governor’s desk

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A bill that would allow the private sector to fund statewide tourism marketing in Washington is headed to Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk.

House Bill 2229 passed unanimously in the Senate Thursday. The House passed the measure in February.

Money to support tourism marketing and promotion would come from the tourism industry in five key areas: lodging; food service; attractions and entertainment; retail; and transportation, under the measure.

In an effort to cut the budget in 2011, the Legislature did away…

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