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New attractions bringing more visitors to Tri-Cities

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KENNEWICK, Wash.--New attractions bringing more visitors to Tri-Cities. The Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau operations staff say more travelers should be coming to the area for new events.

One is the U.S. Running Association Half Marathon Series. At least six new events have already been booked this year. Some are coming up very soon. The marathon is in February and there are several high school playoff games to look forward to in the spring.

The Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau expects more visitor traffic on these days which brings in more revenue. Visitors spend almost $350 million every year in the Tri-Cities. More than $100 million is spent on dining and over $74 million on transportation.

Operations Vice President Kimberly Shugart says "convention and sports bookings are up. We do expect an increase specifically in the first half of the year."

Even with the increase in people and revenue from new sporting events, The bureau expects to see a dip in business visits caused by Hanford layoffs. They're not anticipating as many business travelers coming into the area with the reduction in stimulus money at the site.

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