Last year was good for Tri-City tourism.
Kris Watkins, president and CEO for the Tri-Cities Visitor & Convention Bureau, told the Kennewick City Council on Tuesday that Kennewick's hotel-motel tax distributions for 2011 at $418,000 were more than 9 percent above 2010's total of $381,000.
The totals for Kennewick, Pasco and Richland were just over $1 million last year, she said.
The three cities also saw better than 9 percent improvement on booking conventions and sports events. There were 196 of them last year, accounting for an estimated $36.6 million in visitor spending, Watkins said in her annual report to the city.
The visitor's bureau also reported having 11,000 Facebook fans, 13,500 video views and 160,000 website visitors in 2011, Watkins said.