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August 27, 2014 - News From Visit Spokane

 

Visit Spokane Today!
Tim Robinson
Director of Communications & PR
509.742.9373, 509.993.9824
TRobinson@VisitSpokane.com
 
Peyton Scheller
Communications Coordinator
President's Perspective

Cheryl-Headshot-use-thisIs it just me or does it feel like summer is racing by?  There are so many exciting opportunities in our region that we'll all be discussing as a community.  One of them is the opportunity to support our park systems.  At this stage, the City of Spokane has agreed to put a bond measure before the voters this fall seeking the ability to refinance the debt from the 2007 bond and use the new dollars to implement the new Master Plan for Riverfront Park. The Master Plan includes a new promenade entrance to the park, re-purposing the Pavilion as a central gathering area, a new home for the Looff Carrousel (imagine being able to see how beautiful it is instead of hiding it under its current structure), stairs to an observation deck for the Clocktower and a children's playground themed on the Ice Age Floods.

There have been questions about the other wonderful parks, like Manito Park, that could also benefit from an infusion of funds.  The acknowledgement that Spokane County will also likely consider a park bond soon is certainly a consideration.  These were talking points in the conversation when the Visit Spokane board of directors recently discussed whether or not to endorse the park bond.  The conclusion - destination parks like Riverfront Park are important features in our region and, in this case, a huge attraction for all of us - not just those in the downtown region.  The Visit Spokane board voted to endorse the park bond and it supports the streets levy.  These two projects will enable us to use more tools to attract visitors, to more efficiently and comfortably get visitors around and, of course, our residents will be beneficiaries as well.

We don't take the term "endorsement" lightly; our strategic plan guides us about when to endorse a project and states:  [Visit Spokane will] Ensure that the development of the destination is strategically aligned with all market opportunities.  Act as a lead advocate for expanded public meeting, cultural and sports facilities to meet market potential, and support all community based initiatives that improve and enhance the guest experience.

Refinancing to invest in streets and parks is also an investment in our critical tourism infrastructure and we encourage you, too, to support these measures.

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Cheryl Kilday
President & CEO

Go East! Spokane Valley and
Liberty Lake Tour


Think you know everything about Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake ? Whether you've lived there for years or never set foot east of Hamilton St., there are a lot of hidden treasures waiting to be found. Come with us on an eastbound excursion, September 10, 9am-1pm.  During our bus adventure, we'll talk wine, food, outdoors, retail, sports, golf, hot new places and what's in the future for this dynamic area of our region. Enjoy great samples and prizes. Bet you'll learn something new!

For more information, click here or contact Gina Campbell at gcampbell@visitspokane.com.

Recent Write-ups

In case you missed them, here are a few links to write-ups that have recently been published about the Spokane region:

Summer in Spokane, Washington via Johnny Jet
Spokane: Why Oregonians Love It via The Oregonian
The Weird's Do Spokane via Mommy's Weird
How Spokane Uses DMAI's Event Calculator via Connect
Spokane, Wash: Five Fun Neighborhoods for Families to Explore via Amy Graff ( On the go with Amy)

Did You Know?

spoknartslogoDid you know that Visit Spokane shares a love of the arts (as well as an office space) with Spokane Arts? Here's more about this great organization:

What is the overall purpose of Spokane Arts?
Spokane Arts works to amplify Spokane as the cultural hub and catalyst for the Inland Northwest through arts leadership, advocacy, networking and support.
 
What is your relationship with Visit Spokane?
Arts are an incredibly important part of creating a fun, culturally robust destination, and Visit Spokane is a huge supporter and driver for arts and creativity in Spokane. Visit Spokane provides strong philosophical and logistical support to Spokane Arts, which includes marketing and PR direction, administrative and IT support and board leadership service.

create_spokanelogoWhat big projects do you have coming up that you feel people should know about?
Spokane Arts has been very busy working to amplify the arts! In addition to public art projects and the Chase Gallery, Spokane Arts is facilitating a 2014 downtown murals project showcasing five artists/artists teams creating large scale public murals which will brighten and beautify Spokane. We also are partnering to present the Mobile Mural Project, to construct pleasing visual art barriers around the long-empty lot at Third Ave. and Division St. which will really brighten a major gateway to the city. This October, we are very excited to present CREATE SPOKANE, a month-long celebration of local arts and culture across creative industries and arts disciplines. Our goal is to showcase our region's wealth of creative talent and to broaden appreciation and participation in the arts. Calls for artists and arts awards nominations are open at createspokane.com.

Just for fun...what is one piece of Spokane public art that most people don't know about, but should definitely go see?
Wow! This is a tough question. I'd suggest a walking tour of our new downtown murals. Some are still in progress until the end of September; some are complete. You can see them under the train overpasses. Start at Maple St. and Second Ave., then travel eastward to Cedar St. between First Ave. and Second Ave., continue east to Wall St. between First Ave. and Second Ave., then east again towards Howard St. between First Ave. and Second Ave. ending at Division St. and Sprague Ave.

To find out more about Spokane Arts, click here.

Where in the World?

Director of National Accounts Sonja Hughes attended Collaborate Marketplace in Portland, June 12-14. Collaborate Marketplace is a hosted-buyer, reverse trade show designed to bring corporate meeting and event planners together with industry suppliers. Visit Spokane had 25 prearranged appointments with professional meeting planners and networked with dozens more throughout the show.

Director of Communications and Public Relations Tim Robinson was in Buellton, CA, July 11-13, for the 2014 Wine Bloggers Conference. Thanks to the generous participation and contribution of seven Spokane-area wineries, Visit Spokane was able to represent the region to 375 wine writers, bloggers and influencers.

President & CEO Cheryl Kilday, Vice President of Sales & Services Keith Backsen, Director of Sales Shannon Shannon, Content Manager Mark Baker and Executive Assistant Amanda Edens attended the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, July 20-24, for education and industry networking.

Where in the World is ACE?

ACE_downtownBy now, you've probably heard about Visit Spokane's new mobile visitor information center, ACE. So far, ACE has made an appearance at many local and regional events, such as the Cheney Jubilee and the Bluewaters Bluegrass Festival. Just like our visitor information kiosks, ACE is chock full of visitor guides, maps and brochures, and visitors can get customized information and suggestions about things to do in the Spokane region by talking with the Visit Spokane staff member accompanying ACE.

Here's a list of where ACE will be next:

August 28 - Spokane Indians
August 29 - Back-to-School Weekend at Gonzaga University
September 5-7 - Spokane County Interstate Fair
September 12-14 - Spokane County Interstate Fair
September 20-21 - Valleyfest
September 26 - EWU Neighbor Fest
September 26-27 - Inland NW Craft Beer Fest

Don't forget to follow ACE on Twitter at @VisitSpokaneACE.
The Big Meeting
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Join Visit Spokane for The Big Meeting, September 23, 7-9am at the Spokane Convention Center. Learn about current trends, future plans and get the Big Picture Perspective on tourism and its vital role in the region's economic prosperity. Register here, or contact Brooklyn Gibson at bgibson@visitspokane.com if you have questions.

Summer E-zine
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In case you missed it, the summer e-zine has hit the Web! Ten pages long, the quarterly magazine is chock-full of seasonal stuff to do in the region. Right now, we are working on the fall e-zine. If you are interested in advertising, please contact Julianne Kerley at jkerley@visitspokane.com or 509.363.6832.

Housekeeping Olympics
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Calling all housekeepers! In honor of Housekeeping Week, join the fun at Red Lion Hotel at the Park on September 16, 3-5pm, for the second annual Housekeeping Olympics! Events include a buffer pad toss, bed making, a vacuum race, a mop race and a spirit competition. For more information contact Dominic Longo at domini.longo
@redlion.com
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Quality Inn
Downtown Remodel

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Things might look a little different from what you remember if you visit the Quality Inn Downtown, as the hotel just went through a quarter-million dollar remodel. Updates include travertine throughout the lobby, new seating in the lobby and breakfast area and more. Stop by and check it out!

Inland NW ACE Team
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Become a member of the Inland Northwest ACE Team! ACE Team members attend a four hour hospitality training program which is split into two sections: two hours in class and two hours of experiential learning. This includes a guided bus tour to see the Spokane area through the eyes of a visitor.

Register for upcoming classes here.

New Partners

AMP'D Audio Visual
Just A Couple of Moms Catering
Mi Casa A Taste of Mexico
Photoboxx
Spokane Federal Credit Union

June Renewing Partners

20+ Years
River Park Square
Shogun Restaurant
Spokane Symphony
Zip's Drive In - North Division

15-19 Years
Centerplate
Schweitzer Mountain Resort
Steam Plant Square

10-14 Years
Desserts by Sara
First Night Spokane
Friends of the Centennial Trail
Maryhill Winery
Park Lane Motel, Suites & RV Park
Sandman Hotel Castlegar, British Columbia

5-9 Years
Diamond Park 'N Jet & Self Storage
Diamond Parking
Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox
Staff Pro
Whitestone Winery

1-4 Years
Arrow Point Vacation Rentals
Barlow's at Liberty Lake
Hamilton Studio
Hotel Ruby
Liberty Lake Farmers' Market
Mobius Science Center
Sixth Man Marketing

July Renewing Partners

20+ Years
King Beverage, Inc.

15-19 Years
Casa de Oro
La Quinta Inn & Suites
MeadowWood Golf Course
Spokane Valley Mall
Wonders of the World

10-14 Years
Eastern Washington University
Suki Yaki Inn Japanese Restaurant

5-9 Years
DeCaro & Associates-Sherry Coleman
Hills' Restaurant & Lounge
Ross Printing Co.
The Radcliffe Company

1-4 Years
Luna Restaurant and Catering
Signs for Success
Sky High Sports Spokane

About Visit Spokane

Visit Spokane generates economic growth for Spokane County by successfully marketing the Spokane region as the destination for conventions and leisure travelers from around the world. Visitors to Spokane County spent an estimated $877 million in 2013, providing jobs for nearly 9,620 residents in the region and generating $62 million in non-resident tax dollars collected in Spokane County.*

*Figures provided by Dean Runyan Associates report for the year ending 2013.


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