Hospitality industry is on the rebound, but how much is still unknown

Michael Novakovich Michael Novakovich, president and CEO of Visit Tri-Cities, is looking forward to May, which...
Kassandra Bell, general manager at Anthony’s at Columbia Point, 550 Columbia Point Drive, stands inside the dining area at her Richland restaurant. She has been working at the restaurant for 17 years and was promoted to general manager in November. “I have the prettiest office in the world,” Bell said. (Photo by Kristina Lord)

Women take helm at the Richland waterfront

The women overseeing two popular waterfront restaurants in Richland didn’t intend for their jobs to become their careers. Kassandra Bell...

Hospitality sector facing significant headwinds

As I write this, the state is preparing to roll back Covid-19 mandates: Masks are coming off, spring is in...

Visitor spending continues its recovery but will still be below 2019 levels

As we might suspect from our own travel, tourism took a huge hit in 2020. The Benton-Franklin Trends metric on...

WSU Study: Workplace culture can hurt, or help, with staffing issues

A gaming lounge at Columbia Center is closed with a handwritten note in the window: Closed because of staffing issues....
Red Door Party Rentals owners Tammy and P.J. Stoflet stand in the lobby at their Richland store at 1331 Wyman Road. The couple have owned the business for 14 years but haven’t ever experienced a year like the past one. (Photo by Kristina Lord)

Party supply company sees ebbs, flows of Tri-City hospitality sector

A third-generation rental store owner isn’t looking to the future with the fear she felt a year ago. Today, she’s...

Q&A with Taran Patel

Managing principal, A-1 Hospitality Group Number of employees you oversee: We have over 300 employees across our portfolio of nine...

Coronavirus pandemic stimulates RV sales, rentals

Interestingly, while restaurants and airlines continue to be clobbered by coronavirus-related lockdowns, recreational vehicle sales and rentals took off. People...

Let’s allow restaurants to become part of the solution

As we enter the second year of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have an opportunity to look back at what the...

Hindsight is 2020: A look ahead for Washington’s wine industry

Washington wine has experienced unprecedented growth over the past 20 years, adding an average of one new winery every week,...

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