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Tourism rebounds in 2010

Tourists spent $15.2 billion in Washington last year, a 7.4 percent over 2009, according to preliminary figures released today by the state Department of Commerce.

The rise in visitor spending generated a five percent increase in local and state tax revenues, although just a one percent bump in sales taxes, the report says.

Travel-related employment held steady at about 143,800, and earnings at about $4.3 billion.

The estimated spending for 2010 _ complete figures with county breakdowns will not be available until later this year _ was second to the record of $15.4 billion set in 2008. Expenditures fell to $11.1 billion in 2009. 

Loudon County tourism official to lead CVB

A tourism official from Loudon County, Va., has been named president and CEO of the Spokane Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Cheryl Kilday will begin her new job in Spokane on Aug. 23, the CVB said in a news release this morning. She has 25 years of experience in the tourism industry, according to the release.
Most recently, she’s been president and CEO of Visit Loudon, the destination marketing organization for Virginia’s wine country. Under her leadership, that organization won an Emmy award in 2008 for a series of videos and numerous travel and tourism industry awards.

Tourism award winners announced

The Spokane Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau Board of Directors has named Jack Lucas, president of TicketsWest and WestCoast Entertainment, the bureau’s 2010 Extraordinary Leadership in Tourism Excellence Award winner. Lucas was honored Thursday at the Inland Northwest Tourism Awards.

Lucas began his career three decades ago as an usher for Entertainment Services Association, the company that provided ushering and security services for the Spokane Convention Center, Spokane Coliseum (Spokane Arena) and the Spokane Opera House (INB Performing Arts Center).

He leads Spokane’s Best of Broadway series, now in its 24th season.

In 2009, TicketsWest processed close to 10 million tickets, and WestCoast Entertainment presented productions from Anchorage, Alaska, to Spokane. The companies are part of Spokane-based Red Lion Hotels Corp.

Sladich resigns from CVB, heads to Red Lion

Harry Sladich, president and CEO of the Spokane Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau, is resigning to become an executive with Spokane-based Red Lion Hotels Corp. Sladich has led the CVB for five years, a tenure in which the organization’s revenues have increased by 47 percent, according to a press release announcing his resignation.

His last day at the CVB will be April 23. In early May he’ll begin his new job as executive vice president of sales and marketing at Red Lion, overseeing all aspects of sales and marketing for the hotel chain.

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