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Boondoggle or Business?

In Here & Now on March 5, 2009 at 2:38 pm

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3/6 • Companies across the country afraid of being accused of high-dollar junkets on the tax payers’ dime are canceling legitimate business trips and sending the service and airline industries into a tizzy. It’s an all-out media assault that could cost the Spokane region hundreds of millions of dollars in business and thousands of jobs.

Mayor Mary Verner and the Spokane Convention and Visitors Bureau are fighting back. On Friday, Verner will lead a rally supporting the Spokane meeting industry as an economic accelerator. The meeting industry contributes nearly $200 million to the economic vitality of Spokane County each year, and roughly 10,100 jobs are directly related to the travel industry in the region, according to the CVB.

Verner will be joined by CVB, the Spokane Public Facilities District, elected officials, local business owners and front-line hospitality employees for the event.
1:30 p.m. Friday, River Park Square atrium, 808 W. Main.

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