Tri City Wa Community News Tidbits from the Region

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Tri City Wa Community News Tidbits from the Region* ~ Golf and Wine Getaway Package Program to Continue 2007 marks the 12th year that the Bureau has coordinated our ~Great Golf in the Heart of Washington Wine Country~ packages….bringing together Tri City golf courses, lodging facilities, wine tour providers, spas and the Columbia Valley Winery Association to promote the Tri City as a recreational travel destination.

Program benefits include development and distribution of customized brochures, web presence, exposure at the Seattle and Spokane Golf Shows, and additional targeted advertising for participants.

If your golf- or wine-related business would like information on participating, please contact Kathy Blasdel, VP Tourism Development at 509.735.8486, ext. 232 or

Congratulations Holiday Inn Express
The Holiday Inn Express in Richland was recently awarded the 2006 Quality Excellence Award by Intercontinental Hotels Group. This award is given to only a handful of hotels nationwide. Hotels receiving the award are recognized for delivering a product and service beyond industry standards. Congratulations!

Lourdes Health Network Seeks Lourdes Memorabilia
Lourdes Health Network celebrated their 90th birthday in September and has gathered a group of dedicated associates and volunteers to design a history wall, as part of the year-long celebration. The history wall will feature the legacy of the organization throughout its 90-year history and will be featured near the main lobby of Lourdes Medical Center in a permanent display.

Lourdes is looking for memorabilia donations for the display—anything from a pencil with the logo on it, to a 1920’s-era physician’s stethoscope, to an old hospital bill. Photographs and paper items are also welcome and can be scanned and returned upon request. For more information, please contact Michelle Tymecki at 509.546.2292.

November Booked Business
J.R. Simplot will be conducting a five-day computer training course at AmeriSuites this month. The training will introduce new software to the company sales and marketing staff.

Thanks to Steve Jensen with National Softball Association for bringing back the Ice Breaker Girls Fastpitch Tournament, March 31 – April 1, 2007. The tournament which includes athletes ages 10-18, has grown to 90 teams. The tournament director anticipates the event will bring in 2,300 people and generate approximately 1,000 room nights.

The Washington Credit Union League will host their 2007 Spring Volunteers Conference at the Red Lion Hotel Richland in June. The two-and-a-half-day conference will draw board members from individual credit unions from around the state for training and networking. The event will attract 200 out-of-town guests.

The 2007 Instruction Commission Spring Meeting will take place at Columbia Basin College May 17 – 18 with 75 guests staying at the Red Lion Hotel Pasco. The two-day conference is attended by educators at the community college level.

Columbia Basin College and the Red Lion Hotel Pasco will host 150 delegates as they attend the Washington Association for Community and Technical Colleges Conference, May 31 – June 1, 2007.

Thanks to Pam Dawson and the Tri-City Figure Skating Club for bringing back the Fun in the Sun Figure Skating Championships to the Toyota Center, August 16 – 19, 2007. The event, which brings in 300 people, will generate approximately 200 room nights.

The Washington Recreation and Park Association has selected the Three Rivers Convention Center, the Hilton Garden Inn and the Red Lion Hotel Kennewick, to host the delegates of the 2008 Spring Convention. The convention will take place April 22 – 25, 2008, and 300 professionals from state and municipal parks departments throughout the state will attend. A special thank you to Tim Werner, City of Richland, for helping “Bring this Meeting Home.”

In May, 2008, Gideon’s International will hold their Washington State Chapter Annual Convention at the TRAC Center and AmeriSuites. The two-and-a-half-day convention will attract 275 Gideons.

The Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs has selected the Tri City for their 2009 spring convention. Kudos to Scott Ruf, the Staff Services Manager for the City of Kennewick, for making the presentation to the board of directors on behalf of the Tri City. It was Scott’s effort to “Bring a Meeting Home” that lead to the Tri-Cities being selected. The Three Rivers Convention Center will host the four-day event which will attract 325 law enforcement officials.

*From the Tri City Visitor & Convention Bureau Newsletter. Consider Tri City Washington Real Estate Today!

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