Legislative session impact local tourism & economy

Published on : Saturday, May 13, 2017

impact local tourism & economyThe Medford Chamber of Commerce is keeping an on Salem closely. Mr. Brad Hicks, Chamber President confirms that a number of bills like the ones that include paid family leave and pay equity could have a tremendous impact on local hospitality and restaurant workers.

To quote Hicks, ‘a lot of people are employed in those industries, and yet, the legislature is contemplating a whole slew, and passed already some legislation that will impact them negatively.’ Hicks explained that the changes not only have immense effect on local economy but impact and shape the future tourism as well. With impending World Track and Field Championships taking place in Eugene in 2019, Hicks says now is the time to support those industries.

Hicks says, ‘we want to do things to gear up, have our hoteliers ready, have restaurants ready, have you know, some of these tourism amenities ready to go when that opportunity is here.’ Hicks also explain that the teams will be in Southern Oregon in order to coach weeks before the games kick off in Eugene. Visitors across the globe will be coming to Oregon for the event.

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