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Religious Conference Draws Thousands to the Tri-Cities Bringing Millions of Dollars to the Local Economy

Kennewick -- For six weekends, thousands of people will gather in the Tri-Cities.  They will arrive for religious meetings that are often considered controversial. But controversial or not, the money brought in as a result of the meetings has a deep effect on the local economy.

The Jehovah's Witness conferences attract as many as five thousand people to the Toyota Center each weekend.  All tolled, it's the largest convention in the Tri-Cities.  The people come from all over the Northwest, and they bring with them spending money.

It is projected that sixteen million dollars will be spent by visitors to the Jehovah's Witness meetings.  It'll be spent at restaurants, hotels and in retail shops.

So popular has the conference been that the Jehovah's Witness organization has added a sixth weekend of conferences this year, boosting projected direct spending in the Tri-Cities by 2.7 million dollars over last year.

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