Statistics show that there are more tourists in Oregon than ever before. Experts say that this trend is not going to go away.
A research firm called Tourism Economics collected data showing that the amount of foreign visitors in 2017 was 1.1 million. This amount was 11% higher than the the amount of foreign visitors in 2012. In 2017, it was found that $1.8 million in revenue was generated from the spending of international tourists—up 18% from 2012. Experts predict that through 2022, there will be a 23% increase in growth in the amount of visitors from foreign countries.
There are a number of reasons for why foreign tourism is increasing in Oregon. Oregon is very much known for its natural beauty, regional culture and work regarding breweries.
Oregon has seen a shift in demographics when it comes to foreign visitors. Historically, a large portion of foreign visitors have been from Canada. Canadians have been responsible for making up about half of international tourists, as well as providing a quarter of the revenue in Oregon that comes from foreign visitors.
In 2017, it was found that people from Asian countries such as South Korea, China and Japan had a noticeable presence when it came to tourism spending. They made up about a quarter of all foreign tourists and contributed to 43% of the revenue that came from foreign tourists.
One of the reasons for why there has been an uptick in the amount of people coming from Asia is the fact that there have been changes in policies regarding what kind of visas people can get. Prior to 2014, Chinese tourists could only receive travel visas that would allow them to stay for one year. After 2014, a 10-year visa was available.
Oregon isn’t usually people’s first choice when it comes to where to go. Places like California and Florida are more enthusiastically visited. However, Oregon is usually the second and/or third place that people decide to go to.
Experts are thinking about ways that they can further accommodate foreign tourists from Asia. Some are saying that signs in Chinese should be put up for tourists.