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Published on : Monday, November 14, 2016
Oregon is suffering from what is safe to call ‘overtourism’. But far from being happy, authorities are concerned as it is negatively impacting Oregon’s fragile nature reserves and thus creating a challenge of priorities between driving tourism growth and protecting why visitors are coming to the state in the first place as Greg Oates stated. Growing since 2013, Oregon tourism authorities reported data showed The Columbia River Gorge and Central Oregon are the fastest growing recreation areas. Crater Lake National Park and John Day Fossil Beds and coasts also seemed to have been some of the most attractive tourism spots.
Chris Havel, spokesman for Oregon Parks and Recreation Department said that more people than ever before are serving and at the same time they are having problems keeping up with crowding, trash, and the wear and tear on parks. Travel Oregon showed that $10.8 billion industry will account for more than 105,000 jobs and has the potential to boost the economic condition of the rural towns. Unfortunately, this has accounted to ecological damage in the sensitive areas and fatal accidents. Opal Creek Scenic Area, Oneonta Gorge and Blue Pool on the McKenzie River are the major areas which faced this trouble. Following this, the authorities are considering a cap on the number of people allowed to visit certain destinations.