Jehovah's Witnesses Convention spurs local economy

KENNEWICK - It's an event that surpasses even boat race weekend in its popularity. The Jehovah's Witnesses Convention is taking place in the Tri-Cities, funneling almost nine million dollars into our local economy.

Action News learned those revenues are down 10% from last year. The convention is only running for three weekends, not four like usual. Other news media reported the convention wouldn't return altogether next year. But event organizers say they haven't decided yet.

"You guys in the Tri-Cities have lots of motels and gas stations and restaurants and stores. So for us, it's a convenient place to come," said Convention News Coordinator John White.

Altogether, 16,000 are expected to attend the convention. And that number doesn't include other Spring and Fall conferences.
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