Tourism trade show brings in businesses - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Tourism trade show brings in businesses

Posted: Updated:

   After local business owners heard speeches by tourism industry leaders, it was back to the booths, and showing how local companies can help bring in more tourism to the Tri-Cities.

   The Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau hosted its annual meeting and tourism tradeshow reception Tuesday evening.

   We caught up with vendors who say tourism is a big part of their business.

"We love it when we hear from people that come into the tasting room," Elise Barnard Griffin said. "I will say where are you from? And they say 'Oh, I'm from Tennessee.' I ask them why did you come here? 'Oh I came for the wine.' So it's great to hear." 

  Overall there were about 50 booths set up for the tradeshow. Businesses ranged from sporting goods to wineries.