City Spotlight | Spokane, Washington

By Erin Caslavka Deinzer, June 2, 2014

Spokane is a city that’s destined to be discovered. Planners extol everything from its easy access to the airport to its walkable downtown to its centralized layout. Home to the second-largest urban waterfall in the United States, Spokane also has several wineries, breweries and distilleries suitable for off-site activities, as well as River Park Square, which houses the largest movie theater in the state of Washington.

“We’re located along the Spokane River, which runs right through downtown,” says Kevin Twohig, CEO of Spokane Public Facilities District, which operates the convention center. “In 1974, the river was reclaimed, and the area was turned into a 100-acre Riverfront Park that’s now surrounded by hotels, restaurants and retail. It’s an incredible sight.”

Stating that Spokane will “literally do whatever it takes” to bring groups to the city, Twohig touts the assistance of everyone from Visit Spokane representatives to the regional sports commission to the convention center’s internal sales staff.

“For companies who have customers, clients or employees in the surrounding area, Spokane is an ideal city for hosting sales rollouts, training seminars or new product releases,” says Jim Cacabelos, director of national accounts for Visit Spokane. “We’ve got all the amenities of a larger city, but with the allure of a smaller community. And we have lodging options that run the gamut from historic properties like the 100-year-old Davenport Hotel, to upscale and trendy, like Northern Quest Resort and Casino.”

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