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News from Visit Spokane - March 25, 2016

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Peyton Scheller
Communications Manager
509.742.9377, 509.869.1435
Tim Robinson
Senior Director of Marketing & Communications
509.742.9373, 509.993.9824
Cheryl KildayPresident’s Perspective

Spokane Gives, a county-wide event encouraging giving and volunteering, is right around the corner. Because it's so close, right now seems like a good time to talk about the kindness and compassion of our community and the role the tourism industry plays in supporting charities. There are numerous events that are used to raise funds for critical causes that could not happen without the generosity of the tourism industry: wine events and silent and live auctions that feature hotel packages, restaurant gift certificates, local wines, craft beer, tickets to events, museums, etc. There are also many tourism related businesses that support the Spokane River clean-up, the Centennial Trail Adopt-a-Mile program and other regular opportunities for giving.  The local hotels have a Housekeepers Olympics each year that raises money for charity. The list goes on and on. 

As we enter April and the buzz builds about Spokane Gives, know that we appreciate all that you do throughout the year for our community. If you are looking for a new opportunity, the website for
Spokane Gives is a great place to explore what needs there are and how your organization may get involved. 

Thank you,

Cheryl's Signature
Cheryl Y. Kilday
President & CEO

2016 Call for NominationsCall for Nominations

Do you know a person, business or event that's a big deal in the hospitality industry? Make sure they get the recognition they deserve by nominating them for a Tourism Award! Nominations for our Tourism Awards are currently open through March 28, and include the following categories:

Rising Star
Spirit of the Inland Northwest; Small Business
Spirit of the Inland Northwest; Large Business
Exceptional Small Event
Exceptional Large Event

More information about the awards and the nominating process can be found here. Winners will be announced at our Annual Meeting on May 11.

Save the Date

Our Annual Meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 11 in the Centennial Ballroom at the Spokane Convention Center! The afternoon meeting will include 2015 results from Visit Spokane, networking and a keynote presentation from destination marketing consultant, Bill Geist (you won't want to miss it!). Mark your calendar now, and keep an eye out for more information!

Spokane-madness-graphicSpokane Madness

Everyone knows one of the best parts of March Madness is filling out the bracket. So, we decided to create a bracket of our own…featuring places around the Spokane region! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for links to the bracket. Make sure you vote in every round to ensure your favorite spot makes it to the championship! With every completed round of the survey, you will be entered to win a $50 gift card to No-Li Brewhouse and a VIP brewery tour.

ACE LogoAce Classes

Become a member of the Inland Northwest Ace Team and become an ambassador for the Spokane region! Ace Training includes two hours of class, learning about Spokane history and facts, customer service, etc., and is followed by a two hour bus tour of the Spokane region. This is a great opportunity to not only learn more about the Spokane region, but also how to best serve the visitors that come to our destination.

Upcoming classes:

Tuesday April 12, 1-5pm, Wingate by Wyndham, 2726 S Flint Rd

Friday, May 20, 9am-1pm, Barrister Winery, 1213 W Railroad Ave

To sign up for a future class, click here or email Melissa Skomer-Kafton at

Where in the World

Director of National Accounts Lisa McHaffie attended NTA in Atlanta, February 1-5. While there, Lisa met with 42 tour operators to talk about the variety of activities and housing options for groups in the Spokane region.

Director of National Accounts Midwest Region Kim Ritten attended the PCMA-GMC Annual Awards and Education Meeting in Chicago on February 2. The event was a networking and education opportunity for PCMA members, meeting planners and suppliers from the Greater Chicago area.

Kim also attended the Destination Reps quarterly meeting and Kellen client event on February 3 in Chicago. The quarterly meeting with Chicago DMO reps and Kellen meeting planners was a great networking opportunity.

Director of National Accounts Eastern Region Ann Garvey traveled to La Jolla, CA, February 21-24, for the CESSE 2016 Mid-Year CEO Meeting. Visit Spokane sponsored a luncheon during this conference, which included networking with CEOs from engineering and science societies.

Kim attended the annual MPI-CAC EdCon/TechCon, a tradeshow and education conference. The event took place in Chicago on February 22.

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Partner Tip

With travel season right around the corner, make sure you submit your special offers on our website! It is free for partners, and the special offers page is one of our most visited web pages. The best special offers involve partnering with other local get creative! Think hotel room paired with tickets to a show, tee time discount paired with a shopping gift certificate. The options are endless!

For information on how to submit special offers, email Melissa Skomer-Kafton at

Team Challenge
Cup Contest

Spokane will host the inaugural Team Challenge Cup, April 22-24. To create enthusiasm for the event, Visit Spokane, Star USA and Downtown Spokane Partnership have organized two contests. The first contest is all about building awareness for the Team Challenge Cup and inviting fans to attend (this could be through flyers, table tents, posters, etc.). The second contest will take place during the event, and is more about offering specials to the competitors and fans in attendance (this could be through drink specials, window displays, etc.).

Both contests involve chances to win tickets to the Team Challenge Cup! For more information, please email Amy Cabe at

New Partners

Bellacrosta Bakery and Fine Foods
Washington State Quilters – Spokane Chapter
Unity Home Group

Partner Anniversaries

20+ Years
Certified Folder Display Service
Chuck E. Cheese
Golden Corral Buffet and Grill
Red Lion River Inn Spokane
Rockwood Clinic, P.S.
Spokane Arena
Wendle Motors

15-19 Years
Best Western PLUS Peppertree Liberty Lake Inn
DAA Northwest

10-14 Years
bloem flowers.chocolates.paperie
Haskins Steel Co
Republic Regional Visitors & Convention Bureau

5-9 Years
Colville Chamber of Commerce
EPIC at Northern Quest Resort & Casino
Impulse at Northern Quest Resort & Casino
Italia Trattoria
Legends of Fire Cigars & Fine Spirits at Northern Quest Resort & Casino
Liquid at Northern Quest Resort & Casino
MacKenzie River Pizza, Grill & Pub
Nectar Tasting Room
Safari Room Fresh Grill & Bar
Spokane Realty Advisors
The Atrium Café
The Dam Bar and Grill
The Lincoln Center

1-4 Years
2 Loons Distillery
Echo Boutique
Hilton Garden Inn Kalispell Convention Center
Iron Goat Brewing
ISS Facility Services
Liberty Lake Farmers' Market
Lolo Boutique
Outdoor Sports Products
River City Brewing
Spokane Party Trolley
SpringHill Suites by Marriott
Timberline Adventures
Tinbender Craft Distillery
Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar (Downtown)
Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar (South Hill)
Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar (Spokane Valley)
Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar (Wandermere)
V du V Wines
Visit Lewis Clark Valley
Whitebox Café & Bakery
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.*

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

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