About Us

We are a non-profit, 501(c)6 economic development agency created and incorporated in 1999. We've served as San Juan County's and the Town of Friday Harbor's contracted, locally staffed, destination marketing organization since 2003, when we combined forces with the County's then Visitor Information Services organization. Over the past 20 years, we've evolved into a destination marketing and management organization (DMMO) as we continue to focus on responsible, stewardship-minded tourism via branding and messaging, striving to help balance the quality of a vibrant, year-round economy with the quality of residents' lives, our environment, and our visitors' experiences. 

Our mission since 2003 has been "To enhance the economic prosperity of San Juan County by promoting the San Juan Islands as a preferred, year-round travel destination, while respecting and sustaining the Islands' unique and diverse ecosystems, environments, lifestyles, and cultures."  We focus on attracting visitors here during spring, fall and winter to help balance out the year for the Islands' small businesses, non-profits, and Islanders who work in hospitality and related industries. 

We partner with the Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Island Chambers of Commerce which provide visitor information services at their locations, in addition to their important Chamber work. We're funded by 26% of the County lodging taxes collected last year (paid by visitors) and receive additional funding from Friday Harbor lodging taxes, as well as membership dues and website advertising. The majority of County lodging tax funds -- 74% -- are awarded as grants to many community assets including museums, community theatres, parks, the fair, festivals, farmers markets, the arts, and more. We support and are a member of the County's Destination Management Plan Steering Committee, and in fact, we applied for the lodging tax grant which funds the Plan. You can read about the Plan, currently in progress, here

Learn about the history of tourism in the San Juan Islands with these History Link essays: Part 1 and Part 2.

Membership Information

We are a membership organization and currently serve approximately 225 members on all four islands.  If you're interested in membership, you can print out and mail in an application (P.O. Box 1330, Friday Harbor, WA 98250) or submit it online.  Please contact Annesa Knowles at info@visitsanjuans.com (360) 378-9551 ext. 1 if you have questions and thank you for your interest.

Membership Applications:

2023 Business Membership Application or Renewal 

2023 Accommodation Membership Application or Renewal 

2023 Marketplace Membership Application 

Membership Support:

Member Resources (meeting recordings, surveys, etc.) 

Member Benefits

Member "Savor the San Juans" Fall Promotions Tool Kit

Visit our Media page: Find press releases, one-sheets on Food & Farms, Family Activities, Scenic Byway, Storylines, Photos & more.

What's New & Cool in the San Juans? We publish our list a few times a year - make sure your business is featured, email amy@visitsanjuans.com 

How Tourism Benefits the San Juan Islands

2022 Annual Report


For more information about us, including past semi-annual and annual reports, email Executive Director Deborah Hoskinson at deborah@visitsanjuans.com.

Board of Directors:

President & Lodging/Restaurant Rep: Anna Maria de Freitas, Harrison House Suites, Tucker House Inn, Coho Restaurant, San Juan Island

Vice President & Lodging/Farm Stay Rep: Lydia Miller, Pebble Cove Farm Inn & Animal Sanctuary, Orcas Island

Treasurer/Secretary & Lodging Rep: Anthony Rovente, The Edenwild Boutique Inn, Lopez Island

Lopez Island Chamber of Commerce Director: Andrea Huss

Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce Director: Carey Eskridge

San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce Director: Becki Day

San Juan County Economic Development Council Rep: TBD

Lodging/Spa Rep: Laura Saccio, Earthbox Inn & Spa and Bird Rock Hotel, San Juan Island

Outdoor Recreation/Watchable Wildlife Rep: Jeff Friedman, Maya's Legacy Whale Watching & Member of Pacific Whale Watch Association

Environmental Stewardship/Terrestrial Managers Rep: Kendra Smith, San Juan County Dept. of Environmental Stewardship

Lodging Rep: Amanda Zimlich, Otter's Pond B&B, Orcas Island


Staff:

Deborah Hoskinson, Executive/Marketing Director, deborah@visitsanjuans.com, 360-378-3277 ext. 5

Annesa Knowles, Visitor/Membership Services Manager, info@visitsanjuans.com, 360-378-9551 ext.1 

Amy Nesler, Communications/Stewardship Manager, amy@visitsanjuans.com, 360-378-9551 ext. 6 & 8

Anna Erickson, Digital Marketing/Film/Outreach Manager, marketing@visitsanjuans.com, 360-378-9551 ext. 7

 

Contact Us:
San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau
info@visitsanjuans.com
1-888-468-3701 | (360) 378-9551
P.O. Box 1330, Friday Harbor, Washington 98250
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