Tourism in Lane County continues to improve according to a recent report. Visitor spending pumped more than $757 million into the local economy in 2013.
The report released from Travel Lane County says most of the spending occurred in local restaurants followed by accommodations and entertainment. Travel Lane County spokeswoman Lisa Lawton says room tax revenues are a good reflection of the health of the tourism industry.
Lawton: “When we see that number going up, we know that people are coming, staying overnight in the hotels and those folks traditionally spend more money in the local economy eating out at restaurants, purchasing retail items.”
Lawton says large events such as sports games or festivals are the primary reason behind the boost. Lane County’s travel and tourism industry was at an all time low in 2008. Three of the last five years visitor spending generated record numbers.
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