The City Manager’s Office oversees the Tourism Program (in conjunction with the Economic Development Program) with the primary goal of attracting visitors to Kirkland in order to sustain
a vibrant and healthy economy. The Tourism Program is funded by the Lodging Excise Tax collected from one percent of short-term accommodations as authorized by state statute RCW 67.28.
The City Manager’s Office also provides staff support to the Tourism Development Committee (TDC) whose role is to provide recommendations on the use of the lodging tax funds and help guide Tourism Program priorities.
Located on the northeastern shores of Lake Washington, Kirkland has many advantages as a tourist destination including:
- Stunning scenic beauty with sweeping views
of Lake Washington, the Seattle skyline, and Olympic Mountains.
- Spectacular lakefront areas that are pedestrian, cycler, and boater friendly.
- Eclectic mix of stores and restaurants.
- Sophisticated arts scene.
- Envied park system with swimming beaches, walkable wetlands, and marinas
- Close proximity to Seattle and the Woodinville Wine Country.
- Two upscale hotels that are conveniently located so visitors can park and walk.