We are gearing up for 2015 and the year looks really solid in all market segments! The national forecasts show leisure travel will remain strong and that meetings and conventions will continue to grow. In Spokane County, we enjoy a strong leisure market through all four seasons. We are the shopping, dining and entertainment center for a 250-mile radius around Spokane County (Randall Travel Market Report) and we will continue to
target this market. In 2015, there will be more national conventions meeting here than in prior years - a result of the Spokane Convention Center expansion. Although the expansion and the addition of the Davenport Grand Hotel will take a few years to ramp up, we are already seeing the benefits of both of these new products. Not only does 2015 see larger groups utilizing the new space, we also have active prospects for conventions in future years that would not be talking to us without the expansion or the new hotel. When you add the upcoming renovations to Riverfront Park through the new master plan, our convention package will have beautiful wrapping, and that combination
creates new demand for the entire region.
As we close out 2014 we are thankful to you, our tourism partners for your continued investment in tourism. We are excited about next year and are looking forward to increased visitor spending touching your cash registers and our local tax collections.
President & CEO
The skybridge connecting the Davenport Grand Hotel and the
Spokane Convention Center was installed on December 7. Joining the DoubleTree by Hilton Spokane City Center
, the Davenport Grand Hotel will be the second connected hotel to the Spokane Convention Center.
With an expansion project expected to be completed in January 2015, the Spokane Convention Center will total more than 500,000 square feet, including 120,000 square feet of exhibit space and 83,512 square feet of meeting space. The 17-story Davenport Grand Hotel is projected to be completed in summer 2015 and will have 62,500 square feet of meeting space. The 716-room hotel is part of the Autograph Hotel Collection by Marriott.
Spokane Valley App
The Spokane Valley app just got jollier with its new holiday upgrade. If you already have the app, just give your phone a shake, while the app is open, to hear jingling bells! The holiday upgrade also features a list of events and attractions happening in Spokane Valley in the Holiday Fun section. Download the app for free in the Apple App Store or Google Play; just search for "Spokane Valley."
Where in the World?
Director of National Accounts Kim Ritten was joined by the Spokane Convention Center's Jessica Deri on November 5 for the PCMA-Greater Midwest chapter annual bowl-a-thon. The event was a great networking opportunity, with over 450 attendees.
Regional Director of National Accounts Karen Staples attended the SGMP NATCAP Expo in Washington D.C. on November 13 and spoke with 50 meeting planners.
Director of National Accounts Brooke LaFleur attended the MPI Gala on November 13 in Seattle. The gala was a terrific opportunity to network with Northwest meeting professionals.
Where in the World is ACE?
Ace and its chauffer Melissa Skomer-Kafton had a busy November, meeting visitors and sharing information about all the great things to do in the Spokane region. Ace will be back on the road greeting visitors mid-January during the USA Boxing Championships at the
HUB Sports Center and Northern Quest Resort & Casino. In the meantime, make sure to follow Ace on Twitter at
The Melting Pot of Spokane
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the Park - Spokane
Scratch Restaurant &
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Hotel on the River
We are pleased to welcome Julie Morin to our team
as Business Development Sales Manager! A part of the business
development team, Julie will work directly with partners to build
connections, coordinate advertising and more. A Spokane native, Julie's
previous experience includes working at Bozzi Media, Inlander
Publications and Greater Spokane Incorporated.
Become a member of the Inland Northwest ACE Team! An initiative of Visit Spokane to propel our hospitality industry forward, this four hour training includes a two-hour interactive classroom session and a two-hour experiential bus tour. Participants will learn about Spokane history, our region's attractions and more.
The next training will take place on January 15, 1-5pm, at Holiday Inn Express - Valley. Register here.
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Photo by Instagram user: @occupantphotography.