Campaign encourages at home tourism

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 9, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 3 at 12:21 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--There is a new effort in the Inland Northwest to get locals to stay in town and enjoy what is around. That is the focus of the “A Tourist in Your Town” campaign.

"More than 40 businesses in our area are taking part in the event. They hope this new promotion will have a permanent impact on locals in the Inland Northwest,” Coleen Quisenberry, an event organizer, said.

On a sunny summer day in Spokane, tourists are taking in the sights and enjoying popular places to eat.

"Seems like there's a lot to do, it's family friendly and an active town,” Jamie Friesen, a Spokane tourist, said.

Community leaders say their research shows too many residents don’t take advantage of those same spots.

"We're trying to get the local residents in Spokane Coeur d'Alene area to really understand what an amazing place we live in,” Quisenberry said.

There will be promotions for eating, shopping or spending the night in town over the next five days.

"It's a great thing to showcase our restaurant, Clinkerdagger, especially to the younger demographic,”  Sean Murray, Clinkerdagger Manager, said.

Clinkerdagger’s will offer a three course meal for 25 dollars. Silverwood will offer discounted tickets. Area golf courses will have afternoon promotions on Monday.

The hope is local residents will explore their hometown and promote it months after they have checked it out for the first time.

"If we get out in the community, we'll be better ambassadors for our city," Quisenberry said.

“A Tourist in Your Town” starts on Saturday and runs through Wednesday.

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