tourism

USFS/Darren Stebbins

How bad was last summer for tourism in the region?  Millions of dollars bad, with cancellations and actual destruction from fire and smoke reaching new levels. 

California, Oregon, and Washington tourism officials have banded together as the West Coast Tourism Recovery Coalition, with one major goal: convince potential visitors that it's safe to visit here.  That might be tricky, especially since longtime residents have their own complaints about the quality of life in the summer. 

Visit California and Travel Oregon officials are assembling plans and approaches. 

Jessica Love

 

On the last afternoon of my thirties, I sat across from my friend Maria at an outdoor cafe. I took a sip of chai  and fretted: “I think I’m out-aging my lifestyle.” We were in Pokhara, Nepal, one of the world’s well-known backpacker ghettos. Chinese, Europeans, and Americans wandered by, most in their early twenties and on a gap year. They shouldered oversized bags and pared their hiking boots with loose pants procured probably from the beaches of Koh Phangan.

A Real Tourism Campaign For Our Mythical State

May 1, 2014
Traveljefferson.com

Forget the political implications of a "State of Jefferson" for a moment. 

What would that state be like as a tourism destination?  Spectacular! 

And an effort to promote the many attractions of the region is starting up under the name Travel Jefferson.

Oregon Gets Even Bike-Friendlier

Feb 6, 2014
Andrew Dressel/Wikimedia

Bikes bring bucks.

It's not an official slogan, but it neatly captures the tourism approach to bicyclists in Oregon. 

Winter Whale Watching Begins

Dec 20, 2013
Gary Halvorson/Oregon State Archives

Winter whale watching week is almost here. The Oregon State Parks and Recreation has dubbed the week of December 26-31 Winter Whale Watching Week.

It is the annual migration of the gray whales as they make their way to warmer waters.

Encouraging Bicycle Tourism In Oregon

Nov 6, 2013
Andrew Dressel/Wikimedia

So maybe you run errands or even get to work on your bicycle. 

But the idea of taking longer trips--actually taking vacations on a bicycle--is on the rise.