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Oregon, a state with the most diverse and rich ecosystem in America. It is well known for its luscious forests, ghost towns, gorgeous west coasts, Tillamook cheese factory, outdoor recreation, and much more. I'm doing a tourism report about Oregon because my family loves to visit there.
Native Americans had lived in Oregon for many years before Spanish sailors discovered the Oregon Coast around the mid-16th century. Some of the major tribes there are the Chinook and the Paiute; there are nine total tribes. According to Data USA, the five largest ethnic groups in Oregon are white (75%), hispanic (8.77%), asian (4.5%), two or more races (3.69%), and other (3.13%).
The first person who established a white settlement was John Jacob Astor. This was around 1811, and later on more settlements were created around the 1830s-1840s. One major impact Oregon has had on the world, is the Oregon Trail. The Oregon Trail was the most common trail from the east to the west, helping westward expansion. Tourists may find the history of Oregon's global trade, pioneers, beaver trapping, the traditions of Native Americans and more to be interesting. Also, a fun fact about Oregon is that it is home to the world's largest mushroom.
Different regions in Oregon have different types of weather. The western parts have warm summers and wet winters, keeping the oceanic climate relatively mild. They also experience cloudy, overcast weather in the winter. The southwestern area has hot summers (similar to a Mediterranean climate). The eastern part of Oregon has drier weather, and has a semi-arid climate. Which means the winters in the east are snowy and cold. The northeastern part has more of a steppe climate, and the higher altitudes can get fairly cold/snowy in the winters.
The best time to visit Oregon is when the weather is warm and mostly dry, which is the months of June through August. These are the peak seasons for tourists, as it is harder to travel between December to February with the snowy weather. The least recommended time to visit Oregon is January because it is the coldest month; the average temperature that month is 11°F (-11.7°C) to 42°F (5.6°C) according to the Weather Atlas. Precipitation is also heavy. The wet seasons are around November through March, spring is mild, the summers are around 68°F in the west and 90°F in the east, autumn is around 55°F, and the winters average around 40°F in the west and 20°F in the east. The website mentioned before also mentions, "Oregon is vulnerable to hailstorms, thunderstorms, wildfires, snowstorms, hurricanes, and floods," which could impact a visitor's stay. I recommend going to Oregon in August because of the beautiful wildflowers that bloom, and it is a good time for crabbing.
In 2017, Travel Oregon recorded that almost 30 million tourists had visited Oregon. Most of the tourists who visit Oregon are from neighboring states like Washington and California. Many other states come to visit too. According to an economic report, it shows that the top 12 international tourists come from Canada (being the most), Japan, China, the UK, Germany, Australia, Mexico, South Korea, Scandinavia, France, Belgium, and Brazil.
Most tourists who come to Oregon look for the hundreds of outdoor recreation the state has to offer. In Oregon, tourists can go bike riding, ATV trail riding, horse riding, paddle boarding, kayaking, zip-lining, hiking, swimming, fishing, crabbing, whale watching, etc. Tourists also come for the beautiful geographical features, and the rich history Portland hides underneath the city. People on average stay about a week in Oregon. Although, I would recommend almost two weeks to be able to explore the different areas of Oregon.
One of the reasons Oregon is a great place for people to visit, is because there is no sales tax like other states. Just remember that Oregon's currency is the American USD, and that most gas stations have an attendant who pumps gas for you. The other top reasons to visit is because of the wide variety of things that you can do in Oregon! It is a state that has lots of cultural influences, making it a very unique place.
The size and scope of the hospitality industry is kind of small. However, the coasts are very dependent on tourism industry. According to the Oregon City Organization, "tourism is a $10 billion industry and is responsible for over 105,000 jobs." The economic benefits from this tourism will help direct/indirect industries in the Oregon city to develop even more. Tourism stays and arrivals have been growing quite a bit, and the international visitor spending grew almost 5%. In 2018, the OPB organization says that travel spending was around 12.3 billion dollars.