It’s a dilemma event planners have been facing since the advent of destination meetings: how to schedule a conference or workshop in a city that offers enough activities that people will want to visit, yet still keep them focused on the event they came to attend in the first place. With the distractingly large amount of enticing activities and natural beauty Spokane offers, it’s unlikely that question will be answered any time soon.
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Spokane is no meetings and events newbie. Situated along the Spokane River in eastern Washington, this Northwest gem became the smallest city to host the World’s Fair in 1974. Expo '74, as it was called, was the first fair centered around environmental issues with a theme of “Celebrating Tomorrow’s Fresh New Environment.” Approximately 5.6 million people attended the fair, and its legacy was an urban renewal that balanced Spokane’s natural beauty with its downtown core.
The Spokane Convention Center has been granted the approval to build a skywalk connector to the new 716-room Grand Hotel Spokane. The convention center and it’s 100,160 square feet of exhibit space welcomes the connection to 62,500 more square feet of meeting space, including an 18,000-square-foot ballroom, which plans to open in summer 2015. News reports state the $1.5 million skywalk will be paid for by the Spokane Public Facilities District, which owns and runs the convention center.
The Spokane Convention Center has announced an expansion project that will add amenities and 90,000 square feet, bringing the total meeting space to 463,000 square feet.
The new space will create 20 new functional and meeting rooms, breakout spaces and more than 100,000 square feet of dedicated exhibit spaces. Other amenities include local art pieces that create dynamic backdrops for interior and exterior spaces.
The new addition will include 463,000 square feet of indoor space with connections to outdoor spaces located alongside the Spokane River.