Tag Archives: Tourism

Detroit Lake | Green Cities – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Zach Urness with the Statesman Journal/USA Today joins us to talk about the fish passage improvements proposed for Detroit Dam in the next few years. Those plans would drain the lake for up to two years and have major impacts on recreation and tourism in the Detroit Lake area. Both Portland and Seattle tout themselves as green cities. But […]
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Oregon tourism added jobs in December

The Oregon unemployment rate remained essentially unchanged in December at 4.1 percent, the Oregon Employment Department reported Wednesday. Employers added 14,700 nonfarm jobs, concentrated in leisure and hospitality and in professional and business services. Source: Oregon tourism added jobs in December;

State Parks rake in the GREEN

State Parks generate $52 million for businesses, economy in East Multnomah County. Out-of-towners and locals emptied about $52.6 million from their pockets while visiting state parks in East Multnomah County over one year, according to a new study. Source: State Parks rake in the GREEN

Whale watching zenith this weekend at the Oregon Coast

An estimated 20,000 whales, some of them pregnant, are headed south to calving waters off Mexico Gray whales are headed south to their calving waters off Mexico, and the New Year’s weekend is the end of the prime time for seeing them pass the Oregon Coast. The state Parks and Recreation Department is assisting visitors […]
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Snowfall has billion-dollar effect on business, Olympians

A study commissioned by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the athletes’ group Protect Our Winters found that the 23 million people who participate in winter sports added an estimated $12.2 billion each year to the U.S. economy. Source: Snowfall has billion-dollar effect on business, Olympians – News – MailTribune.com – Medford, OR

Our view: Tourism needs to be taken seriously 

Tourism matters in Umatilla County, and nowhere more than in Pendleton. The Round-Up City is chockablock with hotels and motels that fill for the annual rodeo, but stay busy throughout the year thanks to the town’s stylish offerings for tourists, as well as interstate travelers who just need an affordable place to rest. Source: Our […]
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New state office will seek improvement to recreational economy

A newly created state office is hoping to take Oregon’s recreational economy from good to great. The Office of Outdoor Recreation was created by the state lawmakers last legislative session in response to the decline in the percentage of Oregonians who take part in outdoor recreation, the Statesman Journal reported. Source: New state office will seek […]
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Car Thefts In PDX | Gorge Recovery – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Car thefts in Portland have been on the rise since a 2014 Oregon Court of Appeals ruling made it more difficult to prosecute car thieves. So far this year, nearly 6,000 cars have been stolen in the city. We hear from “Willamette Week” reporter Katie Shepherd, who recently did an investigative report. Hiking trails and facilities like Multnomah Lodge are […]
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How much Does Snowfall Impact Oregon’s Winter Tourism Employment?

If we look at the relationship between Oregon’s winter leisure and hospitality employment and snowpack over the past several years we see no meaningful patterns. To put it another way, a snowy winter in the mountains doesn’t provide a boost to the broad leisure and hospitality sector. Source: How much Does Snowfall Impact Oregon’s Winter […]
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Region plan calls for connectivity of non-motorized trails

After three rounds of public outreach, project leaders expect to release a draft version of the Blue Mountain Region Trails Plan later this winter. A diverse group of stakeholders in the Walla Walla Valley — including Umatilla County and the city of Milton-Freewater — is nearly ready to unveil its master plan for developing new […]
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