Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism launched its 49th Parallel Ports Pass just in time for summer. The pass gives tourists and locals a chance to explore Blaine, Semiahmoo and Point Roberts by offering discounts in various locations and a chance to win a stay at Semiahmoo Resort.
The pass is free and uses a simple method to sign up and keep track of the locations visited. Once someone has signed up online by providing a name, phone number and email, they will receive a link through email and text. The link will be the check-in guide for every location, so no app is needed.
Amy Guerra, marketing director of Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism, said they worked with Bandwango, a travel technology platform, to create a system where the experience is accessible to anyone.
Currently, the businesses and locations participating in Blaine are Drayton Harbor Oyster Company, Edaleen Dairy, Gateway 1890 Taphouse & Grill, Marine Park Playground, Peace Arch Historical State Park and The Rustic Fork. The pass will take someone to Semiahmoo Golf Course and Semiahmoo Resort.
In Point Roberts, the pass includes Point Roberts Marina Resort, Point Roberts Marketplace and Saltwater Café.
The pass will be valid until the end of the year, and until then, Guerra said other businesses are welcome to participate.
Guerra said the idea for the pass is to provide support recovery for local businesses affected by Covid-19. The pass is also for tourists and residents to explore and learn more about restaurants, attractions and historical sites in the Pacific Northwest.
For more information, go to the Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism website at bit.ly/3O4GFdf.
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