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: Tourism Economics, 2021)

  • Visitors to the Tri-Cities spent $344.7 million in 2020.
  • Travel-related employment totaled 6,272 jobs in Benton and Franklin Counties.
  • Visitors spent $90.4 million on retail shopping and $85.4 million in eating and drinking establishments.
  • Travel in Benton and Franklin Counties generated local and state tax receipts totaling $49.1 million in 2020.

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 are 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.