Two tournaments book Spokane County hotels



Posted on March 22, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 23 at 7:33 AM

SPOKANE, Wash.—The NCAA Tournament along with the Pacific Northwest Volleyball Qualifier had most hotels across Spokane County completely booked in March.

The two tournaments have together eaten up 15,000 hotel rooms.

Rooms at the Double Tree Hotel began to open up as teams started to leave the NCAA Tournament.

The Pacific Northwest Qualifier is a volleyball tournament for middle school and high school students. Visitors with that tournament booked more than 10,000 hotel rooms over two weekends.

The NCAA Tournament brought around 10,000 fans and players to Spokane. They took about 4,800 rooms.

“When we go in the elevator, it's like you stop at every single floor. Yeah, it's that crowded,” said volleyball players Tallulah Froley and Allie Langlinais.

The Double Tree near the convention center in Downtown Spokane was sold out on Friday.

"Half our team is at a different hotel because there isn't enough,” said the volleyball players.

All 150 rooms at the Quality Inn had been booked for months.

"This is one of the first busy weekends of the year, it's amazing. We staff up, we bring in extra staff,” said Quality Inn District Manager Travis Tramp.

Many people searched for rooms in surrounding areas like at Northern Quest in Airway Heights. Even that hotel had been booked out for a month.

“Very busy, and having the NCAA tournament here as well means you can't get a room in the entire county,” said Director of Sales at Northern Quest Hotel Meg Miller.

Visit Spokane said the tournaments combined would create around $6 Million.

Rooms were expected to open up as the NCAA teams head home.