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. We also have a great speaker, Gilad Berenstein, who will share how artificial intelligence can be applied in technology to help us better connect with and serve our customers.
This year has brought a lot of exciting developments to the Spokane region: the Spokane Convention Center expansion, The Davenport Grand Hotel, the opening of the Appleway Trail in Spokane Valley, continuing growth within our culinary scene, the Washington State Chinese Lantern Festival, the 20th anniversary of the Spokane Arena and more. We are looking forward to the $64 million renovation of Riverfront Park and new strategies designed to continue to make our region a preferred destination for visitors.
This year, we will introduce a new awards program into the Annual Meeting. The specifics will be released in a couple of weeks so watch for further details. We will recognize an individual, an event and a business/organization doing great work in the hospitality industry. So, be thinking about who you believe should be recognized so that you can send in your nomination once they are made available.
Mark your calendars for October 28 from 2:30 - 5:30 pm, watch for the details about the awards, and get ready to celebrate our tourism industry during the Annual Meeting.
President & CEO
Stir It Up
Join us for our next Stir It Up event! This is an opportunity to network with Visit Spokane partners and staff, enter to win Caruso's gift cards and tickets to the Washington State Chinese Lantern Festival and tour the new Ruby Suites Hotel. Beer, wine and light appetizers will be provided.
When: October 14, 4-6pm
Where: Caruso's Sandwich Co. - 1120 N Division St
Sasquan was a hugely successful event! With more than 5,000 attendees (making it one of the most successful Worldcons and the largest conference to ever be held in Spokane), the conference largely covered the Spokane region with more than 7,200 room nights. Spokane broke the record in the number of memberships sold for Worldcon at 11,149. This number contributed to Sasquan being the biggest Worldcon ever in terms of total members, surpassing last year's Loncon. With 450 panelists (including David Gerrold and George R.R. Martin!), numerous events and the Hugo Awards, this conference had something for everyone. Thank you to everyone who helped make hosting this
conference in Spokane a success!
Washington State Chinese Lantern Festival
The first-ever Washington State Chinese Lantern Festival
will take place in Riverfront Park, September 26 - November 1. Tickets are now on sale for the event, and hotel packages are available. While the lanterns are spectacular on their own, there will also be cultural performances, culinary experiences, historical displays and more. Please visit the website and share with your employees, friends and family.
Where in the World
Regional Director of National Accounts Ann Garvey traveled to Detroit, August 8-13, for the ASAE Annual Meeting. This was a great opportunity to network with industry colleagues and potential clients.
Ann also attended the CVBREPS summer event in Alexandria, VA on August 19. The meeting was attended by more than 200 meeting professionals, and Visit Spokane gave away a basket of wine dressed as a lantern to showcase the upcoming Chinese Lantern Festival.
President & CEO Cheryl Kilday, along with Director of Communications & PR Tim Robinson, attended the Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations in Portland, August 22-25. The annual ESTO presented great tools, tips and information about strategically marketing our destination.
Director of Sales Shannon Shannon and Director of National Accounts Sonja Hughes attended Connect Marketplace in Pittsburgh, August 27-29, with three of our industry partners. Together, the team had 69 appointments with meeting planners who have the potential to bring large scale groups to our region.
As you probably already know, Visit Spokane works hard to bring multiple conventions to the Spokane region throughout the year. What you might not know is that as a partner of Visit Spokane, you can access our Convention Calendar to find out more information about each convention that is coming to the area.
Why would you care about this information? Most importantly, you can staff your business accordingly based on the number of additional people that will be in the region for the conference. Also, you might be able to connect with a group that aligns with your business (i.e. a fly fishing shop could connect with the International Federation of Fly Fishers).
You can access the Convention Calendar in the Partner Extranet by clicking on the "Convention Calendar" tab at the top of the screen. If you have issues accessing the calendar or would like more information, contact Brooklyn Gibson at email@example.com.
Time to submit your special
offers! This is a benefit that is free to our partners, and allows you
to work with other Visit Spokane partners to create great deals and
packages that will entice visitors to come to the Spokane region. To see
what special offers are currently listed on our website, click here.
Comfort Inn University District/Downtown
Courtyard by Marriott Spokane Downtown at the Convention Center
Trailer Inns of Spokane
Holiday Inn Express Spokane Valley
Milford's Fish House
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers
URM Food Service and URM Cash & Carry
City of Spokane Valley Parks & Recreation
Eastern Washington University
Runners Soul Spokane
The BrickHouse Massage & Coffee Bar
West Plains Chamber of Commerce
Bistango Martini Lounge
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Cheney
Montana's Glacier Country
Post Street Ale House
Santé Restaurant and Charcuterie
Scratch Restaurant & Rain Lounge
Uncle's Games, Puzzles & More
GVH Distribution Northwest, Inc.
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 and generating $88.6 million in non-resident tax dollars collected in Spokane County.*
*Figures provided by Dean Runyan Associates report for the year ending 2014.