KENNEWICK, Washington — Kennewick’s Three Rivers Convention Center is already seeing the difference that having an attached hotel makes in attracting business, according to the Tri-City Herald.
SpringHill Suites by Marriott isn’t expected to open until December. But Corey Pearson, executive director of the Three Rivers Campus, said bookings have already picked up for 2015 through 2017.
The 122-room, $7 million hotel is under construction, with the metal beams of the first two stories of the five-story hotel visible.
But that hasn’t prevented the new hotel from attracting guests. Just being connected to the convention center with an enclosed walkway means meeting planners who wouldn’t have considered the Tri-Cities before are doing so now, Pearson said.