Published on : Monday, May 15, 2017
Governor Kate Brown announced that 2016 was the travel industry’s seventh consecutive year of increasing growth and economic impact, with travel-related spending generating record revenues for the Oregon. Independent findings by Dean Runyan Associates indicate that travel-related spending throughout the state increased by nearly $500 million last year, reaching a record $11.3 billion, while the number of Oregonians directly employed in the industry rose to more than 109,000. The governor made the announcement at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Salem.
“The travel and tourism industry continues to be a bright spot for Oregon’s economy,” said Governor Kate Brown. “Not only are travel-related spending, employment and earnings vital components to the state’s healthy economy, but also, traveling and connecting with the outdoors are good for Oregonians’ health and well-being.”
The report, which provides detailed estimates of statewide, regional and county travel impact, includes the following findings:
“Everything we do at Travel Oregon is aimed at improving the lives of all Oregonians through travel and tourism,” said Todd Davidson, Travel Oregon CEO. “This report, indicating the strong economic impact and jobs numbers the industry brings to the state, shows us that we are on track to achieve our mission of inspiring travel that drives economic development, enhancing communities, both large and small, in every corner of the state.”