Tag Archives: Tourism

Visitor counts skyrocketing in Central Oregon

Attractions are rethinking how they deal with crowds If Central Oregon hiking trails, museums and restaurants seem busier, they are. Visitor counts to many of the area’s most popular attractions have spiked in recent years as population and tourism have grown in Central Oregon, spurred by the region’s widespread reputation for the outdoors. Source: Visitor […]
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Editorial: Arts are more important here than most realize

Local counties in top 10 percent in U.S. for arts vibrancy What comes to mind when thinking of our area’s most important economic sectors? Fishing? Wood products? Tourism? Retirement living? Manufacturing? All these contribute to employment, taxes and other social goods, but as a new report makes clear, we too often overlook the arts as […]
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Visitors to Northeast Oregon spending more during trips

The state’s tourism chief wants visitors to Eastern Oregon not only marvel at the region’s scenic attractions, but also to savor the flavors of local foods and to meet the people who raise the beef, grow the produce and brew the beer. Which is to say that Todd Davidson, CEO of Travel Oregon, hopes tourists […]
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A Trail Milestone

Dorothy Mason wasn’t sure why she needed her vacuum cleaner for the grand opening of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. But she, along with fellow BLM staff, brought their vacuums along to celebrate the center’s ribbon-cutting on May 25, 1992. Turns out the BLM didn’t have a cleaning contract yet, so Mason and her co-workers […]
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 Oregon’s Leisure and Hospitality Industry

Leisure and hospitality businesses employed an average of 199,000 workers in 2016. The largest share, three-fourths, worked in food services and drinking places. The remaining employment was about evenly split between accommodations and arts, entertainment, and recreation. During the Great Recession, employment in this industry fell by 6.1 percent from 2008 to 2010. Oregon’s all-industry […]
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Tourism advocates hope golf conference brings foreign visitors

Oregon seeks billions spent by international travelers As Travel Oregon seeks to grow the share of tourism spending by foreigners, the agency is heaping praise on the Central Oregon Visitors Association for landing a conference of international golf tour operators. Source: Tourism advocates hope golf conference brings foreign visitors; Oregon seeks billions spent by international […]
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Our view: They’re coming to Umatilla County

It may be arriving in fits and starts, but after a long and unusually frigid winter, summer is nearly here. It’s just what Pendleton needs. Tourism isn’t strictly a fair-weather business, but around these parts the clear skies and warm nights are the perfect environment to welcome visitors from all over. Source: East Oregonian

Fossil Beds generate $10M in economic benefits in 2016

A National Park Service report shows that 210,111 visitors to John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in 2016 spent $9,995,400 in communities near the park. That spending supported 153 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $11,801,900, according to a park service press release. Source: Fossil Beds […]
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Oregon’s pot tourism industry off to a slow start

Tucked away on the edge of Forest Park, Margie Rikert operates a quiet bed and breakfast from her home in Northwest Portland. She’s one of a just a few homes listed on the website KushTourism.com that markets itself as being pot-friendly to tourists. Source: Oregon’s pot tourism industry off to a slow start | KATU

Madras ups eclipse attendance estimate to 100,000

New website for eclipse announcements launches today Madras officials now expect more than 100,000 people to come to town for organized solar eclipse-related events in August, according to a new attendance forecast on Wednesday that emphasized the thousands of local camping sites still available to the crowds. Source: Madras ups eclipse attendance estimate to 100,000; […]
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