23rd Annual Travel Southern Oregon Symposium

Today around 150 business owners, tourism professionals and public policy makers gathered for the 23rd annual Travel Southern Oregon Symposium in Medford.

Posted: Mar 18, 2019 12:08 PM
Updated: Mar 18, 2019 1:15 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Today around 150 business owners, tourism professionals and public policy makers gathered for the 23rd annual Travel Southern Oregon Symposium in Medford.

The annual event covers five counties including; Jackson, Josephine, Douglas, Klamath and Lake Counties. The whole idea is to bring together everyone who is involved in the tourism industry and have a set day of conversation about Southern Oregon tourism.

“We have a little over 12,000 jobs that are related to tourism,” says Brad Niva, the Executive Director of Travel Southern Oregon, “in this last year, the five-county region generated $1.58 billion from visitor spending. We have a very big product here and I think a lot of people who aren’t in tourism don’t realize how big of an industry we have here.”

Even with previous smoky summers, tourism numbers are still climbing.

“We’re seeing numbers bumping up every year,” says Niva, “Crater Lake, consistently year after year, is setting new records of for visitation as well as Wildlife Safari up in the Roseburg area, Hellgate Jetboats, things like that.”

Speakers flew in from all over the country to speak at today’s symposium on a wide variety of topics, everything from social media marketing to google analytics and web design.

“It’s a really great way to kind of unify the region,” explains Alison Keeney, a symposium attendee and employee of Travel Oregon at the State Tourism Office, “all of the different areas can come together and learn about what everyone is doing and then leverage the message and just make Southern Oregon a really great destination to visit.”

If you were unable to attend today’s symposium but would like to learn more about tourism in the region and the impacts for local businesses, click here.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 309841

Reported Deaths: 3569
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah50840642
Washington34683272
Marion32181388
Clackamas26315270
Lane23632246
Jackson20753255
Deschutes16401100
Umatilla12552125
Douglas10599185
Linn1030285
Josephine8536163
Yamhill737299
Klamath637891
Polk617770
Malheur475867
Benton454027
Coos406469
Columbia320237
Jefferson310446
Lincoln272829
Union266036
Wasco236739
Crook212137
Clatsop210225
Tillamook179623
Baker171920
Morrow166621
Curry166317
Hood River161635
Harney77115
Grant7538
Lake6608
Wallowa50111
Gilliam1364
Sherman1283
Wheeler651
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Cases: 4636268

Reported Deaths: 67966
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Los Angeles144412725849
Riverside3575584802
San Diego3492274006
San Bernardino3468955501
Orange3135295354
Sacramento1498662070
Santa Clara1403871841
Fresno1356471889
Kern1343971515
Alameda1160681320
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San Joaquin971621615
Contra Costa95595924
Stanislaus800341229
Tulare72812896
San Mateo52172607
San Francisco51808605
Monterey49445565
Solano44061312
Santa Barbara43065500
Sonoma39376376
Merced39279535
Placer36390364
Imperial34235755
Kings30038285
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Madera21672258
Butte21205230
Shasta20647276
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Yolo19118239
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Sutter13055153
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Lake601087
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Glenn396430
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Inyo166239
Mono14935
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Mariposa96712
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