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Visit Spokane Applauds Davenport Team

Davenport Grand Hotel expected to significantly impact Spokane economy

Davenport-Grand-from-Street(June 16, 2015) Visit Spokane congratulates Walt and Karen Worthy and the entire Davenport Hotel Collection team on the grand opening of the Davenport Grand Hotel on June 17.

The Davenport Grand Hotel is Washington's fifth largest hotel and features 716 rooms, 40 suites and 64,173 sq. ft. of meeting space.

"From the announcement of plans, to groundbreaking, to this week's grand opening, this has been a great project to welcome to the Spokane region," said Cheryl Kilday, Visit Spokane President & CEO. "It's a great addition to the overall inventory in the region, but it's especially important because it's connected to the convention center."

The $55-million expansion of the Spokane Convention Center, completed earlier this year, provides an additional and significant boost to the region's ability to attract conventions and meetings. The two projects have "dramatically advanced downtown Spokane and provided a lot more choice for meeting planners," according to Keith Backsen, Visit Spokane Vice President of Sales & Services.

"Even before the Davenport Grand's opening, our sales team has been making significant strides with planners," Backsen said. "The convention center expansion and the addition of 716 connected rooms is a game changer for this region."

In total, there are now 1,100 hotel rooms connected to the convention center, thanks to the existing DoubleTree by Hilton Spokane City Center and the Davenport Grand. The additional inventory brings the total rooms to 3,300 within eight blocks of the convention center.

"This is just the kind of close, tight, downtown convention package that meeting planners look for," said Backsen. In all of Spokane County, there are 7,200 available rooms.

Visitor spending - both meetings/conventions and leisure travelers -- provides an enormous economic impact to Spokane County.  In 2014, visitor spending in Spokane County rose to $893 million, a $16 million increase over the previous year, according to the Dean Runyan research firm. Travel and tourism is the fourth-largest industry in the state of Washington.

"This newest addition to downtown Spokane is such a great opportunity for visitors, meetings and conventions and residents," said Kilday. "We think this makes our region stronger and raises the tide for everyone. We offer heartfelt congratulations to everyone on the Davenport Collection team who has contributed to this project."

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 $877 million in 2013, providing jobs for nearly 9,620 residents in the region and generating $62 million in non-resident tax dollars collected in Spokane County.*

*Figures provided by Dean Runyan Associates report for the year ending 2013.

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