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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, 2015)

Visitors to the Tri-Cities spent $432.9 million in 2015. 

Travel related employment totaled 5,900 jobs in Benton and Franklin Counties. 

Travelers spent $68.6 million on retail shopping and $145.1 million in eating and drinking establishments.

Travel in Benton and Franklin Counties generated local and state tax receipts totaling $47.2 million in 2015. Of this amount, $16.5 million were local tax receipts and $30.7 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 3,900 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 2014, the Tri-Cities hosted 228 conventions, sports, and group activities worth more than $31.3 million in direct spending; bringing 116,593 people to meetings, tournaments, and group events.

Additional Sources of Information
City of Kennewick
City of Pasco
City of Richland
City of West Richland
Benton County
Franklin County
TRIDEC
Washington State Tourism Office
Washington State Wine Commission