From sci-fi to square dancing, quilts to cake decorating, hobby groups choose Spokane for its expansive meeting space, unbeatable value and nationally-acclaimed culinary scene.
Broke Worldcon (World Science Fiction Convention) record with 11,149 memberships sold
Welcomed 5,545 members to the National Square Dance Convention in 2012--that's more than 2014's convention in Little Rock (3,843), 2013's convention in Oklahoma City (4,185) and 2011's convention in Detroit (3,737)
Held 2010 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships, which produced a record-setting attendance of 158,170 spectators throughout the week. The sellout crowds beat Spokane's own previous record at the 2007 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships by approximately 25,000 tickets sold. Spokane still has the largest attendance record to date.
Proven success with global conventions:
"Spokane is a beautiful city and was a great host for our event. Everyone, from the hotels to the convention center to the city government to the restaurants and other businesses, made the international science fiction community who attended Sasquan feel right at home... Spokane is definitely on the international map within Worldcon fandom!" - Mike Willmoth, Vice Chair, Sasquan, Spokane Worldcon 2015
Travelers spend (on average) $100 per day less than they would in Portland or Seattle, according to Business Travel News