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Monday, December 11, 2017

Visit Spokane Announces New Director of National Accounts

Dionne Hulsey Spokane National Director(September 19, 2016) – Visit Spokane is pleased to announce Dionne Hulsey has joined the organization as Director of National Accounts - Central Region. As part of the sales team, Dionne will be based in Chicago and will work to bring meetings and conventions to the Spokane region.

Dionne’s vast amount of tourism industry experience includes working at Tourisme Montreal and Ottawa Tourism, as well as managing her own hospitality sales and marketing company. As a PCMA member for more than 15 years, Dionne served as the Chapter Treasurer for the Greater Midwest Chapter and was the recipient of the GEM Award in 2006.

“Dionne is a great addition to the Visit Spokane team, and we are fortunate to have her in the Midwest region,” said Robert Enriquez, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Her sales and marketing experience and skillful knowledge of the industry will only increase our already strong sales effort.”

Dionne is a Purdue University alum, and serves on the inaugural board of directors for Association of Women in Events (AWE).

“I look forward to sharing my knowledge and experience with Visit Spokane and growing the sales effort for the Spokane region,” said Dionne. “Spokane is a wonderful destination, and I can’t wait to market the area so that even more meetings and conventions choose to book Spokane for their next event.”

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.

Alaska Airlines to fly nonstop between Anchorage and Spokane, Washington, starting June 11

SEATTLE — Alaska Airlines will begin weekly nonstop service between Anchorage, Alaska, and Spokane, Washington, starting June 11 through August 27, 2016.

“Alaska Airlines is excited to introduce the first ever nonstop service between Spokane and Anchorage for the peak summer travel season,” said John Kirby, the airline’s vice president of capacity planning. “We are pleased to offer our valued Anchorage and Spokane customers another new non-stop destination, where they can continue to enjoy the benefits of our award-winning customer service and loyalty program.”

Download summary of new service: PDF

Flight times based on local time zones.

Flights will be operated by fuel-efficient Next Generation 737 aircraft. Onboard, customers will enjoy Pacific Northwest-inspired food and beverages, such as Beecher's Flagship cheese, and exclusively blended Canoe Ridge wines.

Alaska Airlines, a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), together with its partner regional airlines, serves more than 100 cities through an expansive network in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada, Costa Rica and Mexico. Alaska Airlines ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Carriers” in the J.D. Power North American Airline Satisfaction Study for seven consecutive years from 2008 to 2014. Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan also ranked highest in the J.D. Power 2014 Airline Loyalty/Rewards Program Satisfaction Report. For reservations, visit For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Newsroom at

Julie Coker Graham Begins Tenure As President & CEO Of The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau

Julie Coker PhillyOn January 1, 2016, Julie Coker Graham became the new president and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB). She assumed the role following the retirement of former President and CEO Jack Ferguson on December 31.
Julie joined the PHLCVB in 2010 as Senior Vice President of the Convention Division and was promoted to Executive Vice President of the PHLCVB in June 2014 as part of a strategic succession plan. The move allowed her to continue leading the organization's convention sales efforts while expanding her responsibilities to include overseeing all of the PHLCVB's departments and operational duties. A 21-year Hyatt Hotel Corporation veteran, Coker Graham will be the only female African-American president & CEO to lead a major CVB in the top 50 U.S. markets.
"Julie Coker Graham is a talented, experienced and respected professional, and her hard work and dedication to Philadelphia during her tenure at the PHLCVB has been pivotal to the city's continued recognition as a first-choice destination for all visitors," said PHLCVB Chairman Nick DeBenedictis. "I have great confidence that she is the right leader to build upon the successes of Jack Ferguson and maintain the PHLCVB's reputation as one of the most recognizable destination marketing organizations in the country."
As the primary sales and marketing agency for the expanded Pennsylvania Convention Center, the PHLCVB in 2014 boasted its strongest convention booking year in a decade. Since the signing of the Customer Satisfaction Agreement at the Convention Center in May, definite bookings of citywide conventions for future years are 47 percent higher than over the same period in 2013.
Coker Graham will work to continue this momentum with new and innovative sales and marketing initiatives. The PHLCVB is also the official tourism promotion agency for Philadelphia globally and, under Coker Graham's leadership, will continue efforts to further promote travel to Philadelphia, which moved from the 21st to the 15th in overseas visitation rankings.
"It is a great honor to be assuming the position of PHLCVB President & CEO. On the heels of a visit by Pope Francis in September that drew nearly 1 million national and international visitors, Philadelphia's star continues to rise across the globe. It is an extremely exciting time to be taking the reins," Coker Graham said. "As we look ahead to a year that includes the City of Philadelphia hosting the 2016 Democratic National Convention and tens of thousands of delegates and leaders from around the world, I look forward to sharing Philadelphia's story."
In addition to the DNC, in 2016 Philadelphia will host the American Institute of Architects convention, the African Methodist Episcopal Church Bicentennial, the American Association for Clinical Chemistry meeting, the American Chemical Society meeting and the Copa America soccer tournament, among many other conventions and events in 2016.

Visit Spokane Announces New Vice President of Sales and Marketing

robertenriquezVisit Spokane is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Enriquez to the role of Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

In his new position, Robert will lead the sales and marketing departments, and provide strategic input, at Visit Spokane.

For the past 15-plus years, Robert has held sales and marketing leadership positions for several destination marketing organizations, including Reno Tahoe and Palm Springs. Most recently, Robert worked at the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau.

“After conducting a nation-wide search to ensure we selected the best candidate, we are very excited to have Robert as part of the Visit Spokane team,” said Cheryl Kilday, President & CEO of Visit Spokane. “His previous experience in the tourism industry, specifically working in markets similar to the Spokane region, will really give us an edge in our sales and marketing efforts.”

A 25-plus year industry veteran, Robert maintained an extensive career in the hotel industry, which included management and director positions at Loews Anatole Dallas, The Venetian Las Vegas and Wyndham Hotels and Resorts. His prior career background included advertising experience at major Dallas ad agencies.

“I couldn't be happier to be a part of the Visit Spokane team,” said Robert. “The Spokane region is the ideal location for convention and leisure travelers, and I’m looking forward to using my experience in collaboration with partners to bring even more visitors to our amazing destination.”

Peyton Scheller
Communications Manager
509.742.9377, 509.869.1435


Tim Robinson
Senior Director of Marketing &
509.742.9373, 509.993.9824

The Davenport Grand Hotel Awarded LEED® SILVER Green Building Certification

It was announced in December that the Davenport Grand Hotel has been awarded LEED® SILVER Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED is the USGBC’s leading rating system for designing and constructing the world’s greenest, most energy efficient, and high performing buildings. “We are delighted with this news! It was just over six months ago that we opened the Davenport Grand Hotel and set out to pursue LEED® certification. We designed the new hotel to improve our usage of energy, lighting, water and materials, and added a variety of other sustainable strategies,” stated Lynnelle Caudill, Managing Director. “Owners, Walt and Karen Worthy, have a tremendous commitment to the environment and to the staff and guests of the hotel, who increasingly want to know what our efforts are in this area. This was absolutely the right thing to do” she continued. “The Davenport Grand Hotel LEED® SILVER certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and this serves as a prime example with just how much we can accomplish,” he continued. “More and more meeting planners, travel managers and even government organizations are requiring their attendees or travelers use LEED® certified hotels and convention centers,” states Matt Jensen, Corporate Director of Sales and Marketing. “This certification will open many new markets for not only the hotel but also for Spokane as our downtown LEED® Silver Certified Convention Center now has a LEED® SILVER certified hotel connected to it by a sky bridge.” says Jensen. This is the second hotel to be certified LEED in Spokane, the first was The Davenport Tower Hotel, a LEED® GOLD certified hotel in 2011. “This is another example of the Spokane community’s commitment to environmentally sustainable practices,” said Cheryl Y. Kilday, Visit Spokane President & CEO. “It’s great for visitor and locals and we thank Davenport Hotels for their leadership role.”
The LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™ is a feature-oriented rating system that awards buildings points for satisfying specified green building criteria. The six major environmental categories of review include: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation and Design. Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum levels of LEED green building certification are awarded based on the total number of points earned within each LEED category. The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit membership organization whose vision is a sustainable built environment within a generation. Its membership includes corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and other nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit The Davenport Grand Hotel is a member of Autograph Collection Hotels by Marriott and is owned and operated by Davenport Hotels in Spokane, WA. The hotel opened in June 2015 with 716 luxurious guest rooms and suites, 64,000 sq. ft of meeting space including an 18,000 sq. ft ballroom. Connected to the Spokane Convention Center by a sky bridge, the hotel is designed for groups and conventions with all the modern amenities of a world class hotel.

For more information please contact:

Matt Jensen Corporate Director of Sales and Marketing Davenport Hotels
10 South Post Street Spokane, WA 99201
509.789.6810 / phone 509.789.6832 / fax


This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Colorado Convention Center (CCC). The success of the Convention Center is because of you – our clients – who provided input from the preliminary planning all the way through its 25 years. With your ideas, the CCC has continued to offer even more of the things you need, from building-wide wi-fi to its own garden to support sustainable and green meetings. And, here's a fun-fact for you...if the 25.7 million people who have entered the CCC in the past 25 years all held hands, they would stretch around the world, with enough left over to reach from Denver to New York!

The Convention & Visitors Bureau
Celebrating 105 Years of Promoting Denver, the Mile High City

Toni Kosaris
Sales Director - Midwest Region

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Downers Grove, IL 60516

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