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June 4, 2014 - News from Visit Spokane


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Contact: Tim Robinson
Director of Communications and Public Relations
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Peyton Scheller
Communications Coordinator
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President's Perspective

Cheryl-HeadshotThe wheels of progress are picking up speed and we're all just hitting our stride. Bloomsday and the Lilac Festival were, once again, great events. Hoopfest is on the way. All of our local annual traditions form a foundation that is a terrific backdrop for everything else going on in the region. Here's a quick recap of several important events and developments many of us have recently shared.

We've just finished hosting a group of eight travel writers who were in Spokane for the annual Pacific Northwest Travel Writers Conference. Our familiarization tour for the group was an unqualified success thanks to the hard work of our staff, and the crucial participation of so many of our members. From river rafting, to a charcuterie workshop, to fabulous meals at local restaurants, this was our region's chance to shine and it did!

One of the highlights of the writers' visit was showing off the beautiful new City Hall Plaza and Huntington Park. I was honored to serve as emcee for the dedication ceremony which was attended by hundreds of people. Avista is to be deeply thanked for its work to make the new park a key destination for visitors and locals.

Speaking of work, the work on the Spokane Convention Center expansion and the new Grand Hotel Spokane is moving with lightning speed, and it's getting the attention of a lot of key people. We've hosted site visits already for meeting planners who are very interested in these new assets. Among the site visits, we just hosted some planners who are looking at 2020. The future is getting here fast!

Our annual Inland Northwest Tourism Awards ceremony was, again, a great event that highlighted the invaluable contribution made by so many individuals in the hospitality industry. The setting at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox couldn't have been better, and we want to thank everyone who turned out to make this such a grand event.

Summer is a great time to show off the city and the region. Take in a Broadway show -- Wicked was just here and The Book of Mormon is on the way. Northern Quest Resort & Casino's outdoor summer concert series is back. The Rotary Fountain in Riverfront Park is going full-speed. I could go on and on. Instead of! And enjoy!

Cheryl Kilday
President & CEO
Swirl Washington

swirl_logo Swirl Washington is Washington's newest premier wine event, pairing the state's finest wineries with eastern Washington's award-winning chefs and restaurants. In the past, similar events have drawn an average of 600 attendees. In addition to the state's top wineries, several of Spokane's award-winning wineries will be pouring. The event will take place June 15 at the historic Davenport Hotel , 5-8pm, and is co-produced by the Washington State Wine Commission and Visit Spokane. Proceeds from the event will benefit Providence Health Care Foundation. For more information, visit

WTA Webinar

Get expert advice on how to reach tourists! The Washington Tourism Alliance (WTA) will host a 75-minute webinar on June 13 at 9am. Visit Spokane President & CEO Cheryl Kilday is Chair of the Board of the WTA, the private, non-profit state destination marketing organization.

The webinar will cover: How to Market to the American Traveler; Creating and Tracking Effective Advertising Campaigns; Free Advertising; and Advertising Opportunities on Register here.

Inland Northwest ACE Team

aceLogo_vs0913-01Become 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.

Did you know?

Did you know Visit Spokane now has an Instagram account? While you're out and about in our great city and the Spokane region, include the hashtag #visitspokane in your picture description to help spread the word about Visit Spokane. And don't forget to follow us at @visitspokane.

Where in the World

Director of Convention Services Amy Cabe and Convention Services Coordinator Ashley Reese attended the Meetingmax Unconvention in Vancouver, B.C., April 23 - 25.  The conference gave our team a chance to learn from others in the tourism industry who use the same housing reservation software as Visit Spokane
Business Development Services Manager Brooklyn Gibson, Leisure Sales Manager Charlotte Finnegan, Research & Database Administrator Marla Allen and Director of Operations and IT Valeta Sweet attended the Simpleview Summit in Tucson, April 26 - April 30. Simpleview, Visit Spokane's CRM (Customer Relationship Management) database, works with more than 200 destinations around the world.  Our team had the opportunity to learn about new Simpleview features, as well as expand their expertise by attending roundtable sessions on various topics related to database use.

Thank You!
Thank you to everyone who attended the Inland Northwest Tourism Awards on May 15! It was a wonderful afternoon honoring the Spokane region's hospitality industry. Click here to see the list of this year's award recipients. And, a special shout out to the following businesses who sponsored the event:

Premier Sponsors
Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel
Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox
Northern Quest Resort & Casino
Red Lion Hotels
Spokane Airports
Major Sponsors
DoubleTree by Hilton
Spokane City Center  
Beacon Hill Catering and Events
LCD Exposition Services
bloem flowers.chocolates.paperie

Spokane Shock
Group Night

Join the Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce for Spokane Shock Group Night! The group express discount includes reserved seating, a hotdog and a soda. Upper level seats are $15 per ticket and the lower level price is $18 per ticket. To be included in the group night, you must sign up by the June 16 deadline. Email Alex at for more information.

New Partners

Waddell's Brewpub & Grille
Waddell's Neighborhood
Pub & Grille

Renewing Partners

20+ Years
AAA Washington
Apple Tree Inn
Associated Industries
Bank of America
Design Events
Empire Cold Storage/Frosty Ice
Garco Construction
Inland Audio-Visual Company
Klundt Hosmer Design
Latah Creek Wine Cellars
Lydig Construction, Inc.
Mirabeau Park Hotel &
Convention Center
Pizza Pipeline
Vic B Linden & Sons
Walt's Mailing Service
Wendle Motors

15-19 Years
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
Spokane Hoopfest Association

10-14 Years
Gus Johnson Ford
MAX at Mirabeau
Republic Regional Visitors & Convention Bureau
Walters' Fruit Ranch

5-9 Years
Bargreen Ellingson
Century 21 Beutler & Associates
Days Inn & Suites-
Spokane/Airway Heights
Finders Keepers II:
Designer Dress Boutique
Finders Keepers Jewelry Galore
Forster Financial
HAV Western Wear
P.F. Chang's China Bistro
The Pita Pit

1-4 Years
Interplayers Theatre
Nectar Tasting Room
O'Doherty's Irish Pub
Spokane Limo Bus
Western Pleasure Guest Ranch

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. The proof is in: 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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