King Tut Exhibit Brings Gold To King County

New Report Finds Pacific Science Center Exhibit Injected $78.2M into Local Economy
June 3 Forum Invites Mayoral Candidates to Share Views on Cultural Community

SEATTLE, WA (May 30, 2013) - Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs brought a trove of treasures and antiquities to Pacific Science Center in its farewell tour before returning to Egypt. Now, a new report prepared by the University of Washington's Bill Beyers values the local economic impact of King Tut at more than $78 million.

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Nearly 700,000 people visited the King Tut exhibition between May 2012 and January 2013, with 59 percent of them traveling to Seattle from outside of King County. Of the $78.2 million, $45 million came from patron spending and more than $23 million was in labor income. Another $3.75 million resulted from tax revenue for state and local governments. The King Tut exhibition also brought 905 jobs to King County including more than 700 jobs specifically created to serve tourists staying in hotels, eating at local restaurants, shopping and engaging in other tourism-related activities. "The King Tut exhibit not only inspired our community through its treasures and artifacts; it proved to be a major boost for the local economy and created a story that energized our entire region. This report clearly shows that cultural events and exhibitions such as this spark significant tourism activity. They attract visitors to our magnificent city, which supports our local businesses, creates jobs, and helps build a thriving regional economy. Investing in our local cultural organizations and tourism marketing efforts is wise policy, not only for our local quality of life, but so that our city and region can continue to be a preferred destination for travelers from around the world who are looking for rich cultural experiences like those offered at Pacific Science Center," said Tom Norwalk, president and CEO for Visit Seattle.

"Tourism is big business in King County, drawing more than 10.2 million overnight visitors and generating $5.9 billion in visitor spending. Visitors come for our diverse and vibrant city, our natural beauty, and our arts and cultural institutions. Continued investment in our cultural infrastructure is key to the continued success of our tourism marketing efforts."

On Monday, June 3, at Town Hall Seattle, KUOW Weekday host Steve Scher will moderate an in-depth conversation among six of Seattle's 2013 mayoral candidates on the current state, and the future, of Seattle's cultural community, and how its health relates to our economic vitality.

"The cultural community helps define Seattle as one of the most desirable places to live and work in the nation. Collectively it is a huge economic force," said Bryce Seidl, President & CEO of Pacific Science Center. "Those of us who cherish the richness of the offerings from small community groups to major institutions like the Symphony and Pacific Science Center are vitally interested in hearing where our next mayor will place us in their priorities for building a stronger community."

The Mayoral Forum on the Cultural Community and Economic Development will be held June 3, 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall Seattle. The event is free; advance registration is strongly encouraged and can be done here.