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Oregon Travel And Hospitality Industries Provide Jobs

Rick Obst

Tourism in Oregon has created over 115,000 jobs in the state, with 11,000 of those in Lane County. 

A recent report prepared for the Oregon Tourism Commission shows hospitality and travel jobs have increased by 3 percent every year since 2010.

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The Lighthouse Inn, Florence, OR.

Andy Vobora is Vice President of Stakeholder Relations for Travel Lane County.  He says tourism offers many opportunities for those looking for work.

“I think sometimes our industry gets a bad rap, in terms of, 'Well, those are just a bunch of service jobs',” Vobora tells KLCC. 

"But those entry level jobs are important to the economy, give people those first opportunities, and a full 52 percent  in the latest study I read go on to have career-type jobs.” 

The report does not differentiate between part-time and full-time, or seasonal versus year-round positions.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.