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Visit Spokane’s President and CEO, Meg Winchester, Announces Retirement

Meg Winchester

Visit Spokane has announced the retirement of its president and CEO, Meg Winchester. Winchester has served with Visit Spokane since 2019, during one of the most challenging periods of tourism and hospitality.

“I didn’t make this decision lightly. Working with the Visit Spokane team through a pandemic was difficult yet inspiring. I’m proud of the entire team,” Winchester said. “It’s been a wild ride and one I’m thankful to have been on.

“I came to Spokane not knowing what to expect. Imagine my delight when I realized what a welcoming place this is,” she continued. “I’ll forever love this beautiful city and am so sorry to say goodbye, but it’s time to move on and enjoy my retirement.”

Winchester’s retirement comes after a 30-year career in the tourism industry, starting with the San Diego Convention Center and eventually working her way up to director of the Galveston Island Visitors and Convention Bureau in Texas before landing at Visit Spokane.

"While I am happy Meg will be able to travel and enjoy more time with her family and friends after a long and very successful career, her leaving Visit Spokane is a loss," said Visit Spokane board chair Meg Miller. "Please join me in thanking Meg for leading us through the hardest days in our industry’s history while building relationships in our community that positively impacted the business environment." 

Winchester’s last day with Visit Spokane will be Jan. 1, 2023.

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Annie Smith Barkalow is a content intern with Meetings Today and a full-time student at Mount Mercy University, where she serves as editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper The Times.