Visitor Statistics & Industry Facts
Visit TRI-CITIES is dedicated to its mission to promote, market and sell the region as a preferred destination to visitors. We will develop incremental visitation by promoting our destination products, programs and activities; the overall economic vitality of our communities and quality of life of our citizens. Through our commitment to tourism, conventions, sports, and relocation as well, Visit TRI-CITIES is helping to improve the economic base in the Tri-Cities as well as other communities within the region.
This section provides information on visitor spending, tourism employment and earnings, tax receipts, guest rooms available, hotel/motel tax, and convention and sports tournaments impacts on the community.
Tourism Works for the Tri-Cities
The Tri-Cities plays host to thousands of leisure travelers, convention and sports delegates, and other visitors every year. Tourism's impact on the Tri-Cities is phenomenal. Visitor spending creates jobs and tax revenues and contributes to infrastructure improvements, as well as the overall quality of life.
Visitor & Tourism Impacts (Source: Dean Runyan Associates, 2019)
Visitors to the Tri-Cities spent $560.2 million in 2018.
Travel related employment totaled 6,370 jobs in Benton and Franklin Counties.
Travelers spent $76.8 million on retail shopping and $183.3 million in eating and drinking establishments.
Travel in Benton and Franklin Counties generated local and state tax receipts totaling $57 million in 2018. Of this amount, $19.3 million were local tax receipts and $37.7 million were collected at the state level.
Tri-Cities Hotel & Industry Facts
Most visitors to the Tri-Cities are following the rules of Staycations and traveling short distances-primarily from the Puget Sound area. However, with direct flights available from Seattle, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Denver, Portland, Minneapolis and Mesa/Phoenix, Visit TRI-CITIES will pursue markets that have not been included in previous marketing efforts.
Hotels, Motels, and B & B's - There are more than 40 lodging facilities and over 4,191 guest rooms to choose from in the Tri-Cities.
Wineries - Known as the Heart of Washington Wine Country with more than 200 wineries located within a one hour drive.
Golf Courses - More than ten courses located within 20 minutes of each other. Professionally designed courses, target courses, Par 3 courses, and course that is rated 4.5 stars by Golf Digest.
Hanford Reach National Monument - The Reach is the only free flowing, non tidal stretch of the Columbia River remaining in the United States. Just north of Richland, this 51-mile stretch of unbridled river flows through a spectacular landscape of white bluffs, dunes, and desert plateaus and offers wildlife watchers endless opportunities for viewing.
Conventions & Sports Tournaments - The Tri-Cities In 2018, the Tri-Cities hosted 212 conventions, sports, and group activities worth more than $38.1 million in direct spending; bringing 127,931 people to meetings, tournaments, and group events.