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Cool and cloudy weather put a damper on Washington's tourism industry in 1993, so businesses are hoping for brighter and warmer days in 1994.
Aside from thoughts of sunshine, some industry watchers are counting on the predicted record volume of convention business in Seattle, as well as increased exposure from events such as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting, to ensure a strong 1994.
"Hopefully we'll have better summer weather than '93," said Bill Newman, executive vice president of the Washington State Hotel & Motel Association. "It looks like 1994 will be a better year."
Tourism is big business for Washington. Travel expenditures in 1992 totaled $6.8 billion, helping support 93,800 jobs. Many …