Published on : Thursday, May 16, 2019
Travel Oregon CEO Todd Davidson said that travel and tourism in Oregon currently was $12.3 billion industry, that’s up about half a billion from last year.The tourism industry employs 115,400 Oregonians, which is up 3,200 jobs from 2017.
Since 2010 the average statewide growth for tourism was 4 percent while the South Coast was close to that average and its own average was 3.2 percent.
The South Coast tourism spending was $413 million and it included both Coos and Curry counties. Around 5,400 people in South Coast were employed by the tourism industry.
Davidson went on saying that in the year 2016 the South Coast spending was $396 million, and today its $413 million. In 2010 South Coast generated $322 million and in the past eight years spending on the South Coast went up almost $100 million.
Since 2010 job increase in the tourism industry rose and it was around 800 jobs.
There was an increase in the international visitor and the statewide growth in international spending had outpaced domestic spending by two to one.
Davidson went on saying that the international visitation accounts for roughly one out of every eight dollars that’s being spent in Oregon.They expected this trend to continue as they saw some economies emerging on the global scale.
There were emerging middle classes in China and India, which are markets that 15 years ago they did not even talk about.
The total international visits in 2018 was a record which was 1.1 million international visitors showing a 3.9 percent increase from 2017. The International visitors spent $1.4 billion in Oregon reflecting a 4.9 percent increase from the year prior.