SPOKANE,Wash.—Mayor David Condon unveiled an updated list of Spokane’s treasured tourist spots on Friday morning to kick-start Spokane Tourism Week.
Condon proclaimed May 11-17 as Spokane Tourism Week, to acknowledge the impact that tourism has on the region, while acknowledging those who work in the industry. The 15th Annual Inland Northwest Tourism Awards were scheduled for the end of the week on Thursday, May 15.
City officials decided to showcase the updated list of recommended sights by creating a route called, ‘The Spokane City Drive.’ The route included a list of 21 stops in the City and five additional excursions.
Condon, 20 classic cars, and the 2014 Tourism Award finalists traveled a portion of the route Friday outside the Spokane Veteran’s Memorial Arena.
Condon said the idea was part of a re-branding effort in 2013. A joint partnership between the city and Visit Spokane made the idea a reality.
"I want to make sure that what we do is top-tier, and if we're going to have a City Drive, we need to make sure that it's done correctly,” Condon said. “So this is a partnership between the city and business and what a great thing to do to showcase our community and at the same time, promote an industry that is critical to our economy."
Visit Spokane said 180 new jobs in the tourism industry increased the total to 9,620 in 2013. Visitors spent $877 million dollars, saving taxpayers $62 million that same year. The city planned to recognize the people who worked in the local travel and tourism industry during Spokane Tourism Week.