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The WSTPC Philosophy
In order to achieve its mission, the Western States Tourism Policy Council encourages tourism goals which:
  • enhance the experience of the visitors to the region;
  • support the economic and political viability of tourism interests and communities which serve these visitors;
  • protect the natural, cultural and historic resources which serve as the foundation for travel; and
  • respect the needs and values of those people who live in the West.

More specifically, the Western States Tourism Policy Council maintains that it is in the best interest of the citizens of the West to:

  • Optimize the contributions of tourism to economic prosperity and full employment.
  • Make tourism universally accessible and ensure that present and future generations are afforded adequate tourism and recreation resources.
  • Contribute to personal growth, health, education and intercultural appreciation of the western states' geography, natural and human resources, history and ethnicity.
  • Encourage the entry of international visitors by positioning the western states as a major international destination, in order to enhance understanding and goodwill.
  • Promote quality, integrity, authenticity, and reliability in all tourism and tourism-related visitor services.
  • Preserve the historical, natural, and cultural foundations as part of the western states' development, and insure future generations an opportunity to appreciate and enjoy the West's rich heritage.
  • Ensure the compatibility of tourism with other western states' interests and values.
  • Encourage the development, collection, analysis and dissemination of data to measure accurately the economic and social impact of tourism to and within the western states in order to facilitate planning, marketing and management in the public and private sectors.
  • Harmonize, to the maximum extent possible, all government activities in support of tourism with the needs of the general public and the tourism industry.


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