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Memorial Day Brings Big Business From Tourism in Yakima

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YAKIMA, Wash. - Memorial Day is not only about honoring people who served in the military, it also means a lot of business from tourism. Yakima saw an extra boost from several state tournaments over the weekend.

Rich Austin, the Director of the Yakima Valley Sports Commission, says there were three state tournaments happening in Selah and Yakima. He says they do not have exact figures yet on how much money the weekend tournaments brought into the valley but says almost every hotel was booked from Ellensburg to Prosser.

NBC Right Now with players and their parents who say they enjoy playing in the Yakima Valley because of the nice facilities and local businesses are friendly.

"Staying at a hotel, few restaurants obviously we're from Seattle so we like the coffee. Always looking for a new coffee shop, breakfast shop," said one parent, Mike Nicholson.

Between tennis, baseball, and softball, hundreds of players and their parents stayed in the valley all weekend.