ASHLAND, Ore. – The Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s season wraps up in a few weeks and the company is hoping to continue the momentum with ticket sales.
There’s only a few weeks left of the season but the Oregon Shakespeare Festival has already exceeded ticket sales from last year. The marketing manager said, so far this year, 400,000 tickets were sold. Last year about 390,000 tickets were sold. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival says it brought new plays, like “The White Snake” and “All The Way”, that drew in more interest.
“We’re not down. We’re right about where we budgeted to be. So we’re up from last year. We’re going to be on budget for ticket sales, so we don’t necessarily see it that way,” OSF Marketing Manager Bob Hackett.
The City of Ashland said food and beverage tax revenue increased nearly 7.9% over the last year, drawing in $2.1 million. The lodging was nearly flat showing a reduction of only $7,000.
The city says the lodging industry did better at the beginning of the tourism season from April through June. The numbers had been a reduction of 2.5 percent to 3 percent. City officials hope to have the numbers for the remaining summer season next month.
The last OSF play is in November. For a list of the remaining plays, click here.