Organizers booking 2022 conventions in Spokane at pace to beat 2019

Local convention organizers are booking enough events at the Spokane Convention Center for next year to surpass the business conducted in 2019, according to Visit Spokane.

Jamie Rand, chief marketing officer for the organization that promotes events and tourism in the Lilac City, said local planners had the working belief that a robust convention lineup would not return until 2023 following shutdowns and travel restrictions put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“What we are finding now is that convention business is a year ahead of what we thought it would be,” Rand said. “2022 looks like one of the best years that Visit Spokane and the

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