Cultural Heritage Tourism Strategic Planning

In 2017 the City hired a consultant, Hargrove International, to lead a planning process with the goal of helping to grow cultural heritage tourism as an economic driver in Bellingham and Whatcom County. Partnering with Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism and over 26 major stakeholders, the City has created a five-year Cultural Heritage Tourism Strategic Plan that will be implemented over time by Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism, the City and a growing group of stakeholders.

Cultural Heritage Tourism (CHT) Strategic Plan (3,130k PDF)​

Appendices (12,800k PDF)

This Cultural Heritage Tourism Strategic Plan has been financed in part with federal funds from the National Park Service, Department of the Interior administered by the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP), and the City of Bellingham. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of the Interior or DAHP, nor does the mention of the trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Department of the Interior or DAHP.

This program received federal funds from the National Park Service. Regulations of the U.S. Department of the Interior strictly prohibit unlawful discrimination in departmental Federally Assisted programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, age or disability. Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against in any program, activity or facility operated by a recipient of Federal assistance should write to: Director, Equal Opportunity Program, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20240.



​Katie Franks, Development Specialist II at or 360-778-8388