Visit Tri-Cities celebrates National Travel and Tourism Week

TRI-CITIES, Wash. — Visit Tri-Cities is celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week with a variety of activities to highlight the region.

The week is showcasing the region’s diverse economy as well as the quality of life that Tri-Cities enjoy.

Monday highlighted hospitality and customer service in the tourism industry with the launch of the 2022 Excellence in Service program. Community members can nominate outstanding individuals or businesses who’ve enhanced the tourism industry through their stand-out customer service skills.

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Tuesday highlighted group activities with ‘Together Tuesday.’

“One of the best things that you can do to introduce people to the community is take them on a bike ride along the Richland riverfront trail, along the Columbia River,” said Karisa Saywers, Director of Marketing with Visit Tri-Cities.

There are several local outfitters that provide bike rentals in the Tri-Cities, including Pedego, located just off of George Washington Way in Richland. Pedego offers electric bikes that can reach speeds more than 20 miles per hour, perfect for riding the Tri-Cites Riverfront Trail.

“And then you know what, maybe you want to head indoors afterwards and check out things like axe throwing, or anyone of the awesome attractions that we have in the Tri-Cities,” Saywers said.

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AXE KPR in Pasco is one location to throw axes and ninja stars. The location is set up almost like a bowling alley; there’s games to keep scores, and even a league that’s starting up.

“Axe throwing is a really great and fun new activity that’s great for groups, it’s perfect for a date night or when you have friends and family visiting in town,” Saywers said.

Visit Tri-Cities will continue to celebrate National Travel and Tourism throughout the week. Officials outlined it as:

  • Water and Weather Wednesday — showcasing outdoor recreation
  • Thirsty Thursday — exploring the craft beverage scene
  • Foodie Friday — tasting through the Tri-Cities
  • Cinco Saturday — celebrating Hispanic culture in the Tri-Cities

Visit Tri-Cities also say that despite the pandemic, the region’s tourism industry is making a comeback.

“2019 was the best year ever for tourism and tourism in the Tri-Cities,” Saywers said. “Visitor spending was about half a billion dollars, which is huge money for our community. There is an economic recovery in our community with tourism, visitor spending in 2021 was $489 million, so those are big numbers and we’re seeing a good return to tourism in the Tri-Cities.”