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Pacific Northwest Qualifier spikes $7 million into Spokane economy

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It's the first weekend of the Pacific Northwest Qualifier, one of the biggest volleyball tournaments in the country. It's the first weekend of the Pacific Northwest Qualifier, one of the biggest volleyball tournaments in the country.
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

It's the first weekend of the Pacific Northwest Qualifier, one of the biggest volleyball tournaments in the country.

With 661 teams and their families traveling from all over the country into town for the matches, it makes for a big economic impact for the region.

"It actually is the largest hotel generating sporting event on an annual basis in the Spokane area. So there will be over 12,000 hotel guests in our community over the next two weekends," said Eric Sawyer, Spokane Sports Commission President.

The Comfort Inn in Spokane Valley has been booked for three months.

"For us, the PNQ is the beginning of our busy season," said Manager Jenifer Counts. "It's been really good for our employees. Everyone gets to get a lot of hours."

The tournament brings millions of dollars to the Spokane region.

"We add that up and do an economic impact it's over $7 million that's going to be brought into the community through the two weekends of the PNQ. That's the biggest we've got," said Sawyer.

Officials are hoping the tournament will grow, but they need more space.

"We've got to find more facilities and then we can actually have this grow, because there's a waiting list for teams that have been trying to get into it. Almost 100 teams have tried to get into the tournament that we had to turn away," said Sawyer.

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