Water Follies Generates Big Dollars for the Tri-Cities

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Folks from all over the Northwest head to our neck of the woods this weekend... and along with the visitors, comes a big boost for the economy.

In fact the Red Lion Hotel in Richland is full, while the Pasco and Kennewick locations have just a couple of rooms left, so if you haven't booked a place to stay, you may have to camp out.

According to the Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Center, it's tradition.

For some people it's the one time of year they come out this way, but for many it's a repeat affair.

With all the events planned for people of all ages over the next three day, it has also become a family affair.

More than 70, 000 people are expected to attend this year's events and generate about $2.6 million in revenue. It's a gift for the businesses here, from retail to hotel.

The Red Lion's Regional Director of Operations, Ian Napier, says his three locations are at capacity.

"I think it's great for business. It brings a lot of people into town. Restaurants thrive, hotels thrive, shops thrive, so I think it's great for the Tri-Cities."

Water Follies officials stress the entire event boosts not only the economy for this weekend, but for future tourism opportunities as well.