TBEX North America conference in the Tri-Cities postponed until April 2022

TRI-CITIES, Wash. — Hundreds of travel writers will not be visiting the Tri-Cities in October for the Travel Blog Exchange (TBEX) conference because of the rise in Delta variant COVID-19 cases.

Visit Tri-Cities announced the postponement on Wednesday. The conference has been postponed until April 2022.

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“Though we are disappointed that this event is being postponed until spring of 2022, the health and safety of TBEX attendees, sponsors and residents of the Tri-Cities is paramount,” said Michael Novakovich, President & CEO of Visit Tri-Cities.

The conference was expecting 300-400 travel writers to visit the Tri-Cities this October to highlight southeastern Washington.

Novakovich says he’s looking forward to hosting the writers in 2022.

“Spring is a beautiful time of year in our community with arguably some of our best weather,” Novakovich said. “In fact, we now can highlight even more of the Tri-Cities tourism assets and attractions, and we will be able to do so safely.”

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The conference can generate an online reach of approximately 300 million people, which could increase the Tri-Cities travel economy.

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