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Peyton Scheller
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Visitor Spending in Spokane County Jumps Dramatically
$947 million in visitor spending in 2015

Visit Spokane, the destination marketing organization for the Spokane region, is pleased to announce just released data shows a significant increase in visitor spending in 2015. 

Visitors to Spokane County spent $947 million in 2015 (a 4.6% increase from 2014) and paid $64 million in local and state taxes. This spending supports more than 10,000 jobs in the local tourism industry.

The annual data has come in just in time for National Travel and Tourism Week (May 1-7), a week celebrated by communities and destination marketing organizations throughout the country. 

Media is invited to attend a press conference on May 2. Details are below:

  • May 2 at 11am at the Spokane Tribal Gathering Place (adjacent to Spokane City Hall)
  • Visit Spokane President & CEO Cheryl Kilday will provide an overview of the economic impact that visitor spending had in Spokane County in 2015
  • Representatives from Spokane County and the cities of Spokane, Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake will proclaim it National Travel and Tourism Week in their respective communities
“As the fourth-largest industry within the state of Washington, travel and tourism has a huge economic impact on our region,” said Cheryl Kilday. “It’s the locals who make us the great destination that we are, and we want to take the opportunity to recognize the people who make our area a wonderful place to visit, as well as the visitors who travel to our region.”

In addition to the press conference on May 2, Visit Spokane and many of its partners have created a set of free and discounted offerings for the public to celebrate the locals and visitors who make our destination a great place to visit:
  • Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture - Half-price admission on May 4
  • Mobius Children’s Museum - $2 off admission on May 4 (must have a child present)
  • Spokane Valley Heritage Museum - Buy one get one free admission, May 4-May 7
  • Spokane Falls SkyRide - Free rides from 11am-1pm on May 6. Sponsored by Riverfront Park and Visit Spokane.

Follow Visit Spokane on social media (@VisitSpokane) for ways that you can be a “tourist in your own town.”

More information about National Travel and Tourism Week can be found here.

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 $947 million in 2015, providing jobs for more than 10,000 residents in the region.*

*Figures provided by Dean Runyan Associates report for the year ending 2015.

Visit Spokane
801 W. Riverside, Ste. 301 Spokane, WA 99201
P: 1.888.SPOKANE | www.visitspokane.com