Director of Communications & PR
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Peyton Scheller, CTA
Visit Spokane is thanking visitors and the hospitality industry in a big way, by acknowledging the people and places that make the Spokane region such a great place to visit.
National Travel and Tourism Week is May 2-10, and Visit Spokane, along with other destination marketing organizations throughout the country, will be celebrating visitors and locals.
"Travel and tourism is the fourth-largest industry in the state of Washington and we want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who visits our great region," said Cheryl Kilday, Visit Spokane President & CEO. "But it's our locals who make us the great destination that we are, so they deserve equal thanks during this important week."
On May 4 at 11:30am at the Spokane Tribal Gathering Place (adjacent to Spokane City Hall) , the Mayors from Spokane, Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake, as well as a Spokane County Commissioner will recognize National Tourism Week within their respective communities.
Immediately following the reading of the proclamations, there will be a photo opportunity that media is encouraged to record. In the spirit of National Travel and Tourism Week, everyone in attendance will hold signs saying "Thank you, visitors!" and "Thank you, locals!" in Huntington Park.
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.
In addition to the kick off press conference on May 4, Visit Spokane and many of its partners have created a week's worth of free and discounted offerings for the public:
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.