When Visit Tri-Cities President and CEO Kris Watkins first came to the Tri-Cities from Bellevue, Washington, to open a branch office for her then employer, she had only planned to stay six months. The lure of the Columbia River, abundant golf and romance (she met her now husband Clark during her initial visit) kept her put. Here are three reasons why meeting planners are also drawn to this southeast Washington hub:
The American Queen Steamboat Company recently announced its second vessel, the American Empress, will make Vancouver, Wash. her home port. Additionally, the company’s Pacific Northwest office will be headquartered in the southwest Washington city of Vancouver.