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News From Visit Spokane - February 25, 2016

When the Team Challenge Cup is here, April 22-24, the Spokane region will be on display for the entire world to see! This is very exciting, as we have the opportunity to show visitors from all over what makes the Spokane region a great place to live, work and play. People who watch the Team Challenge Cup on television will be drawn to Spokane as a wonderful place for a vacation, or maybe to host their own event. View Full Article

News From Visit Spokane - January 21, 2016

As we look back at 2015 and review our program of work, it was a big year! Our sales and marketing team recruited meetings and conventions and leisure travelers and supported numerous events during the year. The Spokane Convention Center expansion opened, as well as a new convention-focused hotel, The Davenport Grand. Worldcon brought international attendees to Spokane for Sasquan and broke registration records. View Full Article

News From Visit Spokane - October 26, 2015

Great news - the Washington State Chinese Lantern Festival has been extended through November 15! The festival was originally scheduled to conclude on November 1, but due to the immense success the festival has had so far, it was decided to continue the event for two more weeks. View Full Article

September 21, 2015 - News from Visit Spokane

As we head into the fall season, we encourage you to mark your calendar for our Annual Meeting taking place October 28 from 2:30-5:30pm (notice the new format and time!). The Annual Meeting is our opportunity to share with you our program highlights, successes from the previous year and the outlook for the upcoming year. View Full Article

June 26, 2015 - News from Visit Spokane

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. View Full Article

May 27, 2015 - News From Visit Spokane

In my search to find something for this corner of our newsletter, I thought I'd encourage you all to help bring some more attention to Spokane's food tourism industry. According to the World Food Travel Association, destinations are often selected for their food and drink options and that trend is not just for New York, New Orleans, or other big cities. View Full Article

Apr 21, 2015 - News from Visit Spokane

Thank you to everyone who helped with the Washington Tourism Alliance legislation this year! We have made significant progress and the most important development is that legislators have recognized that Washington should have a statewide tourism marketing effort. View Full Article

March 23, 2015 - News from Visit Spokane

You'll probably all agree that food is really important. Have you considered how important food - dining, sharing a great meal with friends and family - is to visitors? Would it surprise you to know that culinary tourism is huge, and not just in New York, San Francisco and New Orleans? Travelers are very likely to select where they stay based, in part, on what culinary options are nearby. View Full Article

Febrauary 23, 2015 - News at Visit Spokane

It is hard to believe that Washington has been without a statewide tourism effort for almost four years. It has sure made our job harder here at Visit Spokane. Gone are the days when a representative from Washington preceded us at tour and travel trade shows. We now must begin our timed appointments with an overview of Washington in order to promote Spokane, and that is just one example. View Full Article

January 23, 2015 - New at Visit Spokane

Happy New Year! Not everyone is into resolutions that begin each year with promises and good intentions to do better in specific areas. However, I'd like to be so bold as to ask you all to keep Visit Spokane in mind as you build your programs. The Visit Spokane website is a huge tool and many of you are not using it to amplify your marketing efforts. Our research demonstrated that generates incremental travel and increases visitor spending! View Full Article

December 18, 2014 - News at Visit Spokane

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 View Full Article

November 18, 2014 - News at Visit Spokane

One of our roles here at Visit Spokane is to advocate on behalf of the tourism industry on legislative matters. The Washington Tourism Alliance (WTA) was formed to advocate for a sustainable statewide tourism program and help to promote all of Washington as a destination. Right now, the WTA is preparing legislation that will support its tourism marketing objectives. These strategic marketing plans, when implemented, will increase incremental travel to Washington. View Full Article

October 10, 2014 - News from Visit Spokane

October is one of my favorite months of the year. I love the cool, crisp mornings and the sunny afternoons. I'm really excited about Create Spokane arts month, with its full calendar of activities. As a tourism industry professional, I hope you support the arts. View Full Article

August 27, 2014 - News From Visit Spokane

Is 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. View Full Article

July 2, 2014 - News From Visit Spokane

Summer is underway and our visitor counts are way up! We attribute part of the number increase to the visitor information kiosk being located in River Park Square, a steady foot traffic location. The new mobile visitor center, ACE (see below!), made its debut at Hoopfest, and we're excited another visitor information kiosk will soon be in place at the Spokane Valley Mall. View Full Article

June 4, 2014 - News from Visit Spokane

The 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. View Full Article

April 30, 2014 - News from Visit Spokane

Warmer weather and longer days are making their presence known, which means there is a lot more to do for visitors and locals. It also means that construction season is ramping up and will be with us for some time. While the orange cones, detours and dust can be a challenge, it's important to remember that there are simple ways to make the best of it. We want everyone to be well equipped to find out the latest closures and traffic adjustments so you can keep your guests and customers informed. After all, ensuring a great experience for our visitors is crucial. View Full Article

March 7, 2014 - News from Visit Spokane

It's that time of year when the daylight is beginning to last longer and we get a hint that spring is just around the corner - do you feel the energy from the coming of spring? Here at Visit Spokane we do! We are also creating energy and drawing attention to Spokane and I thought you'd like a quick update on some of our new initiatives launching in the coming weeks. View Full Article

November 14, 2013 - News from Visit Spokane

Have you seen our new visitor information kiosk in River Park Square? We love it! Opened on November 1, the kiosk serves as a central location in downtown Spokane for visitors to seek information, pick up a map and visitor guide and speak with one of our knowledgeable volunteers about all the great things to do in the Spokane region. View Full Article

October 10, 2013 - News from Visit Spokane

Thank you to everyone who attended the Big Meeting last week and especially to our sponsors! There were a few announcements that we shared when describing the Big Picture for tourism in Spokane that I'd like to reiterate. This is the time of year that the budget details are being finalized and the Big Cooperative Marketing Programs through Visit Spokane are a great way to leverage your limited resources. Check out the View Full Article

September 12, 2013 - News From Visit Spokane

Introducing the Inland Northwest ACE Team After considerable review, evaluation and input from our industry partners and our board of directors, we are creating our own hospitality training program that we are calling the Inland Northwest ACE Team. We hope that you will continue with us as we offer new program modules and additional ways for individuals and corporations to participate. View Full Article

September 4, 2013 - News From Visit Spokane

We ended July with the official groundbreaking for the Spokane Convention Center expansion and completion. Several hundred people gathered to watch as the first steps were taken toward completing this $65 million project that will impact our economic health for years to come. You can read more about it in this newsletter. Great news, right? View Full Article

July 3, 2013 - News from Visit Spokane

I don't usually pitch for specific businesses in this corner of our newsletter, but there are two really great opportunities for Spokane this summer that I encourage you to participate in. First, be a "Tourist in Your Own Town." Join forces with other tourism businesses and promote our hospitality within the region. Why is this important? In today's world of social media, we need our locals to amplify the marketing efforts of Visit Spokane and those of your individual tourism related businesses. Our locals are one of the best ways to build a steady and bold amplifier for all that you do. This is a new way to connect with the locals in a campaign targeted to get them into your stores, restaurants, attractions and accommodations. View Full Article

May 10, 2013 - News from Visit Spokane

Happy National Tourism Week! Yes, our industry is so critical to the US economy we have a week dedicated to recognize the $2 trillion in visitor spending, 14.6 million jobs created from travel and the $129 billion in federal, local and state taxes paid by visitors. We are fortunate to live and work in a community that values tourism and understands that "it does not just happen." As you've heard me mention before, this is a group effort and we appreciate all of you for what you do to make the Total Visitor Experience a great one here in our region. Thank you for making visitors feel welcome! View Full Article

April 3, 2013 - News from Visit Spokane

Call it spring cleaning or reducing the clutter but I want to point out that we have combined two of our communication tools. We no longer have the Membership Minute in addition to our News from Visit Spokane. And the alerts that we send about meetings and conventions are being flagged as a news alert about a particular topic. We strive to have relevant interaction with our stakeholders and we value your inbox and hope that you'll read our communications. Moving forward, we are working on an industry section of our website where we will post communications, data, research, plans and where our members may enter the extranet. View Full Article

February 26, 2013 - News from Visit Spokane

Are you as excited as I am about Spokane Restaurant Week ? The enthusiasm for our restaurants -- and just getting to this point! -- has made the entire campaign successful. The media coverage our local restaurants are getting is substantial, and people are giving us feedback that they feel like they have "a responsibility to support restaurant week." So I ask you, what are you doing? Here are some tips for helping make SRW a huge success: View Full Article

January 22, 2013 - News from Visit Spokane

As we begin our new year, it seems like a good time to point out what "WE" means. In conversations, reports and in general, WE is a term Visit Spokane uses a lot. WE is at the core of my belief that tourism is a team sport. Our professional staff here at Visit Spokane intends the use of WE to mean all of us - our staff, our destination partners, our community leaders, our residents. When Visit Spokane uses WE, it doesn't exclude anyone - it is truly inclusive. Our success as a destination is shared and so is the credit. And there's enough of that for everyone! View Full Article

December 13, 2012 - News from Visit Spokane

As 2012 draws to an end I'd like to take a moment and thank a few individuals who have contributed a great deal to Visit Spokane through the years. First, Lynnelle Caudill from the Davenport Collection has been on the Visit Spokane board of directors for many years and has served as its board chair. She recently attended her last executive committee meeting, yes - she was there through the last meeting - and has not missed a beat during her board and leadership service. Secondly... View Full Article

November 15, 2012-CVB Upd@te

President's Perspective It's a dull world without color. Are you asking yourself why this newsletter looks so bland? Black and white words on the screen without photos don't catch your attention for long. View Full Article

October 18, 2012-CVB Upd@te

Fall is here, temperatures are getting cooler and we are excited about what we've accomplished already this season and what's on the horizon. We recently co-hosted the American Society of Association Executives Summit Awards in Washington, DC with our friends at Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau... View Full Article


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