By Jennifer N. Dienst, Contributing Editor
Flawless meetings and events in Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland, Wash.
Recently ranked as the fastest-growing metropolitan area in the country by the U.S. Census Bureau, Tri-Cities — Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland — are the catalyst for the area's continued growth and vibrancy. Situated in southeastern Washington state at the confluence of the Columbia, Snake, and Yakima Rivers, Tri-Cities offers meeting attendees a waterfront destination with 300 days of sunshine — perfect for enjoying the destination's ample golf and recreational activities.
There are also more than 200 wineries within a one-hour drive of the area to explore. Tri-Cities is known as the “Heart of Washington Wine Country” and is the country's second largest wine-producing region. Groups often take guided tours of local winemakers’ fields and facilities, and tastings and educational classes can be incorporated into offsite events at the wineries.
Tri-Cities has more than 3,400 guest rooms, which include six full-service convention hotels as well as a variety of golf and waterfront properties. The area is also home to two large public venues — the 75,000-square-foot Three Rivers Convention Center and the 120,000-square-foot TRAC Center. Both venues offer planners plenty of planning options and configurations to ensure a successful event. When it comes to accessibility, getting to Tri-Cities couldn't be easier, with direct flights from major cities including Seattle, Portland, Salt Lake City, Denver, Phoenix, Minneapolis, and Las Vegas on major carriers such as Alaska Airlines (Horizon), Delta Air Lines, United Express, and Allegiant Air.
From start to finish, the Tri-Cities Visitor & Convention Bureau can help planners flawlessly execute their events. The bureau's experienced team of professionals offers complimentary services for every step of the planning process — hosting site inspections, RFPs, off-site events, transportation, promotional materials, publicity, and more.
For more information: Tri-Cities Visitor & Convention Bureau — (800) 254-5824; visittri-cities.com