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Bellevue Scores Tourism Points with Squash Championship | Seattle Times


Story By: Lynn Thompson 

In November, Bellevue's Meydenbauer Center will feature a luminous glass court surrounded by 3,000 international fans for the 2015 Men's World Squash Championship.

It will be the first time the competition has been in the United States and, for many locals, will serve as an introduction to the intimate, fast-paced racket sport that's played by about 20 million people around the world.

It will also be a coming-out party for what will be a $12.5 million renovation of Bellevue's convention center as well as a ramped-up effort by the city and its tourism marketing organization, Visit Bellevue Washington, to showcase the city and attract leisure and convention visitors.

"When we thought about putting in a bid for Bellevue to host the World Squash Championship, we asked, does the city have the entertainment, restaurants, hotels, attractions? Check, check, check," said Shabana Khan, founder and CEO of YSKevents, the organizer of the championship and a former nationally ranked squash professional.

Last year, Bellevue's estimated 1.5 million visitors added $736 million in spending to the local economy, almost 10,000 jobs and almost $9 million in city lodging taxes, double the revenue of 10 years earlier, said Sharon Linton, marketing director for Visit Bellevue...

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