Downtown Seattle tourism approaching pre-pandemic levels

Seattle’s tourism industry is hoping numbers will continue to get closer to pre-pandemic levels.

SEATTLE — New data released by the Downtown Seattle Association (DSA) shows the city has had a busy tourist season, with numbers in a handful of economic recovery categories approaching pre-pandemic levels.

“The comeback will be spectacular,” said the DSA in April 2020. Now, more than two years later, this line is becoming a reality.

“We hear anecdotes from people all the time that downtown looks great, feels great, there’s a lot of activity and it’s lively right now, and what we want to do is put some numbers behind what people are seeing.” , said James Sido with the DSA.

Figures released by DSA on Friday show downtown welcomed 2.9 million visitors in July, which was the highest monthly number of visitors since the pandemic began. With a boom in visitors, demand for downtown hotel rooms reached 94 percent of 2019 levels.

“We’re outperforming anything that’s a great indicator during the pandemic,” Sido said. “These numbers are not yet at 100 percent everywhere because that would mean we are beating all pre-pandemic metrics. But we are exceeding the activity that we have had in the last two years.”

Sido believes this current pace is helping downtown businesses revive.

“That helps paint a picture of visitors and economic activity, and when you look at the visitor numbers you’re essentially seeing what we’re hoping are active dollars,” Sido said.

Despite the rising numbers, DSA said Seattle office workers returned downtown in July with only about 40 percent of the 2019 total. However, they said that was the highest level since the pandemic began and hope these numbers, along with others, will continue to rise.

“It’s here, it’s still here, it’s back, and we think people have really rediscovered what they love about downtown, what they love about Seattle,” Sido said. Downtown Seattle tourism approaching pre-pandemic levels

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