Roll Out The 'Welcome Mat'
Tourism Spending Is Up
According to the Oregon Department of
Tourism, Travel Oregon, the county saw an increase in visitor spending
of 4.6% from year 2012 to 2013. Overall, visitors spent $117 million last
year in Curry County.
Spending resulted in one half million
dollars in local taxes, $3.3 million in state taxes. The majority of the
spending was on accommodations and food—lodging brought in slightly over $23
million; food service over $32 million. According to the firm that
analyzes the data, if each resident household encouraged one additional
overnight visitor, we would see an increase of $1,401,000 in spending that
would support 21 additional jobs. Day visitors also play a considerable
role in the economy as well with day travel bringing in $34 million.
Most of Oregon’s visitors come between
July and September, but more visit the coastal area during that time period
than the remainder of the state; likewise for the period between January
through March. The average stay in the coastal area is 3.4 nights.