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Visit Spokane Announces New Director of National Accounts

Sonja-HeadshotVisit Spokane is pleased to announce Sonja Hughes has joined the sales team as Director of National Accounts.

In her new position, Sonja will work to bring meetings and conventions to the Spokane region by promoting the destination to meeting planners.

"Sonja is a terrific addition to our team" said Keith Backsen, Vice President of Sales and Services at Visit Spokane. "She has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the sales industry, which will really have a positive impact on our overall sales efforts."

Sonja is from Mercer Island, WA and graduated from Washington State University. She then moved to southern California and worked in a variety of positions including convention management, association management and director of sales and marketing at large hotels such as Marriott, Four Seasons and Starwood Hotels.

"I am thrilled to be a part of the Visit Spokane team" said Sonja. "Spokane is new to me, but I'm already very impressed with the destination. I know I will have no problem selling the region to meeting planners as the area has so much to offer."

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 $870 million in 2012, providing jobs for nearly 9,820 residents in the region and generating $60.9 million in non-resident tax dollars collected in Spokane County.*

*Figures provided by Dean Runyan Associates report for the year ending 2012.


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