Tri-Cities Already Feeling Memorial Day ImpactPosted: Updated:
TRI-CITIES, Wa.,--As the traffic pours into the area, so does the amount of tourism. There are many industries that will benefit this weekend like retail and hospitality. Overall, the Tri-Cities is a big spot on the map this Memorial Day weekend.
One of the biggest events of this weekend involves competition. The state track tournament is being held at Edgar Brown stadium in Pasco. 1,200 athletes and their families and coaches will be on-hand. Local hotels couldn't be happier.
"Here in Pasco, we are completely sold out, maybe even a little oversold for tonight, so were certainly pleased with our occupancy this weekend," said Red Lion Pasco Director of Sales Michelle Olivas.
Kim Shugart is with the Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau. She say's Memorial Day attracts a great deal of tourism. Each tourist is estimated to bring in over $100 dollars of revenue each day they're in the Tri-Cities.
"For a general traveler, we estimate $125 dollars per traveler, per day," said Shugart.
This family is in town from Issaquah. They are impressed with the nice weather. Good thing too since they'll be spending a lot of time outside.
"We've come down here to play in a youth baseball tournament. Our son is 11 and we have a team of 12 boys that play on a tournament team, and this is the kickoff to our tournament season," said Natalie Brodeur.
With many tourists visiting our area and spending money. The local economy should take in a little more than $5 million dollars, with about $1 million of that coming from the Track tournament in Pasco.