Visit Spokane Today!
Tim Robinson
Director of Communications & PR
509.742.9373, 509.993.9824
TRobinson@VisitSpokane.com
 
Peyton Scheller
Communications Manager
509.742.9377, 509.869.1435
PScheller@VisitSpokane.com
Cheryl-Headshot-use-thisPresident's Perspective

As your destination marketing organization, we develop, direct and facilitate cooperative marketing programs that drive visitation to our region.  We seek your input each year to refine the marketing and sales initiatives so that we can more effectively provide cohesive programs leveraging our resources.  In essence, we amplify each other in the marketplace and together strengthen the destination positioning. A very important date for our strategic marketing plan is coming up: we have two input sessions planned and really want your perspective. Please attend one of the sessions.  Come prepared to share what is working.  Share the market intelligence you have (that we need to become aware of) in order to proactively overcome a challenge or maximize an opportunity.  What questions do you have for us?  These input sessions are extremely helpful and we hope that you can attend.

Tuesday, June 30
Red Lion Hotel at the Park
First session: 1-2:30pm
Second session: 3-4:30pm

RSVP is not mandatory, but we would like to know who is coming so that we can plan for appropriate seating. Please call Jody Chambers at 509.472.9386 or email jchambers@visitspokane.com if you are planning to attend.

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Cheryl Kilday
President & CEO

Sales Update

In May, the Visit Spokane sales team hosted 13 meeting planners representing 12 national and regional associations for a familiarization trip (FAM). The DoubleTree Hotel Spokane City Center was the host hotel and did an outstanding job of making our attendees feel right at home. The FAM included touring the Spokane Convention Center and convention hotels with 10,000+ sq. ft. of meeting space, a progressive dinner that ended with dessert on the INB stage, a tour of the Spokane region and a winemaker's dinner at Arbor Crest. (Special thanks to our winemaker table hosts: Jim van Loben Sels of Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, Greg Lipsker of Barrister Winery, Natalie Barnes of Latah Creek Wine Cellars and Josh Wade of Nectar Tasting Room).

Following the FAM, Visit Spokane secured seven RFPs from the guest planners, representing 13,648 room nights, and secured one definite booking for 1,620 room nights.  Our team is continuing to cultivate these groups with a goal to capture additional leads and definite business for Spokane.

Web Update

Our website, VisitSpokane.com , is a trusted resource for visitors who are planning a trip to the Spokane region (and locals who want to be in the know!). Our site continues to evolve and grow:
  • Average time on site increased by 6% on the main site.
  • Organic traffic on the main site is up by 0.20%, while organic traffic increased by 142% on the mobile site. Total organic traffic is up by 22%.
  • Organic entries to the City of Spokane Events Calendar page increased by 17,745%, by 58% on the Food & Drink page, by 59% on the Nightlife page and by 577% on the Cork District site landing page.
  • Visits to the main site are down 3% over this last year while visits to the mobile site are up 102%. Total visits (main + mobile) have increased by 18%.
Other notable stats:
  • VisitSpokane.com ranked first on Google when visitors searched for "Spokane breweries," "Spokane campgrounds," "Spokane Valley attractions," "Spokane Valley events," "things to do in Spokane" and "things to do in Spokane Valley."
  • VisitSpokane.com ranked first on Google, Bing and Yahoo when visitors searched for "Spokane camping," "Spokane events," "Spokane nightlife," "Spokane shopping" and "Spokane wineries."
ace-mobile-vicHappy Birthday, Ace!

Ace, our mobile visitor information center, celebrates its first birthday on Hoopfest weekend! Ace was created to more directly reach the visitors who come to the Spokane region for festivals, events and more. In its inaugural year, Ace has attended more than 50 events and has assisted nearly 5,000 people.

Where in the World?

Regional Director of National Accounts Ann Garvey was joined by Visit Spokane partners in Washington D.C., May 5-7. The team met with potential clients, attended the Association of Meeting Professionals (AMP) monthly meeting and reception and sponsored a hole at the AMP Annual Golf Tournament.

Regional Director of National Accounts Kim Ritten hosted a joint-city client culinary event with partners from Providence and Madison at The Chopping Block in downtown Chicago on May 7. The evening included networking with meeting professionals and potential clients.

Kim and Ann traveled to Las Vegas, May 18-22, for the HelmsBriscoe Annual Business Conference. While there, Kim and Ann had the opportunity to network with industry peers and help share the Spokane story!
Partner Tip

Everyone loves a good deal, right? If you know that to be true...create a deal with other Visit Spokane partners that's the ultimate package for visitors who are looking to save a few bucks in Spokane! It's completely free to partners to post a deal on our website; all you have to do is put together the package.

If you're not sure what makes a good package, or you're not sure how to submit your deal, contact Charlotte Finnegan at cfinnegan@visitspokane.com.

You Stirred!
 
Thank you to everyone who stopped by our Stir It Up event! We had a great time networking, learning about our members and ways that we can better serve you. And, an even bigger thank you to our sponsor, Spokane Federal Credit Union!

Stay tuned for the next event!

Check Us Out

Looking for content to share with visitors, but not sure where to go? Our website is full of blogs and article pages filled with content about things to do, where to eat, places to play, etc. Here are some recent blogs and articles that you are welcome to share!

14 GIFs To Excited About Summer in Spokane
Five Delicious Spokane Summer Cocktails
My Top Five Summer Hikes
Six Things You Might Not Know About The Spokane Indians
Outdoor Entertainment
4th of July Fireworks Guide
Swimming Beaches

New Members

Around the Board; A Board Game Cafe
Brain Freeze Creamery
De Leon Foods Deli & Grocery Store
Garland Business District
Holiday Inn Express Coeur d'Alene
Iron Bridge Office Campus
Ruby Suites Boutique Serviced Residence
The Spokane Valley Event Center
Veraci Pizza

Partner Anniversaries

20+ Years
Azteca Restaurant Downtown
Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort
King Beverage, Inc.
Simply Northwest
Walt's Mailing Service

15-19 Years
Comfort Inn & Suites Spokane Valley
La Quinta Inn & Suites Spokane Valley
MAX at Mirabeau
Mizuna Restaurant and Wine Bar
Remington's
Ripples Riverside Grill
Shutters Café
Spencer's for Steaks and Chops
Spokane Hoopfest Association
Wiley E. Waters Whitewater Rafting
Windows Restaurant

10-14 Years
Cat Tales Zoological Park
CenterPlace Regional Event Center
Maryhill Winery
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers - Downtown
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers - Northpointe
TicketsWest
Waste Management

5-9 Years
Century 21 Beutler & Associates
Colca-Andean Fashions

1-4 Years
Bridge Press Cellars
Emvy Cellars
Fringe & Fray, resale clothing and home decor
Perry Street Brewing Company
River House Bed and Breakfast
Riverside Place

About Visit Spokane

Visit Spokane generates economic growth for Spokane County by successfully marketing the Spokane region as a preferred destination for conventions and leisure travelers from around the world. Visitors to Spokane County spent an estimated $893 million in 2014, providing jobs for nearly 10,000 residents in the region and generating $88.6 million in non-resident tax dollars collected in Spokane County.*

*Figures provided by Dean Runyan Associates report for the year ending 2014.