Discover Lewis County receives state grant to study shoulder season trends


Discover Lewis County (DLC) has received a state grant the agency said will help it research how businesses can maximize tourism benefits in the county.

On Tuesday, Discover Lewis County announced it was awarded a $15,000 Rural Tourism Research and Data grant from State of Washington Tourism. According to DLC, the organization has partnered with Packwood Trails Project and Destination Management Advisors to gather and analyze county-wide occupancy data.

The study will focus on developing a strategy for shoulder season, which is the period between the peak season and slow season, to develop consistent revenue streams and support year-round employment.

“This is an important step in delivering on our strategic goals. We want to create experiences that improve the quality of life for residents, support small enterprises, and foster collaboration,” Todd Chaput, executive director of the Lewis County Economic Alliance and Discover Lewis County, stated.

According to Discover Lewis County, community outreach for the study will continue through the Summer.

“We are excited to engage with the community and understand their needs,” said Jon-Paul

Bowles, CEO of Destination Management Advisors. “Working with such strong partners allows us to ensure that our strategies are not only effective but also sustainable in the long term.”

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