It's a great place to visit

The Tri-Cities is a great place to live or visit, but our readers already know that.

In these days, when "vacation" often translates into a "staycation," more Northwesterners also are discovering what the Tri-Cities has to offer.

The Tri-Cities Visitor & Convention Bureau recently released its mid-year report. In the first six months of 2009, the Tri-Cities played host to 106 conventions and sporting events.

That's a lot of visitors -- and their wallets -- coming to town. They generated an estimated $15.9 million in economic activity during their stays.

We're proving to be a good draw, especially in a slow economy, but we're capable of so much more.

The Tri-Cities Visitor & Convention Bureau has a couple of campaigns to get the word out on our "water, weather and wine."

You've probably already heard about the effort, but have your friends and relatives gotten the message? No advertising is more powerful than the word of a trusted associate.

If you don't think of the Tri-Cities as a tourist destination, perhaps you should start. The things that make this a great place to live -- from our highway system to our hilltops -- also make it a great place to visit.

Help spread the word.