Tri Cities Visitor and COnvention Bureau

Tourism is on the rise in the Tri Cities, according to the Tri Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau, last year there was a 4 percent increase in the number of hotel rooms rented in the area. The bureau compared this to other areas in Washington, in Spokane, Yakima, and King County they saw drops in their hotel occupancy. In the Tri Cities, tourism is a $366 million industry and it helps to sustain nearly 4,400 jobs. The main attraction to many North westerners are the local wineries, the great weather, and the golf. Last year there were nearly 113,000 visitors who came to the Tri Cities for some of the 162 conventions that brought in more than $3.5 million. This year it is expected that there will be about 180 conventions that are expected to be worth around $34.9 million.

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