Visitors to Hood River County Logged Nearly One Million Overnight Stays in 2016September 7, 2017 Dean Runyan Associates (www.deanrunyan.com) recently released Oregon Travel Impacts, a study detailing the significance of the travel industry in Oregon and its 36 counties. According to the study, direct travel spending in Oregon reached $11.3 billion in 2016.
Overnight visitors to Hood River County logged 970,000 person-nights in 2016. On average, one out of 10 persons (10.7%) sleeping in Hood River during 2016 were visitors, not residents; similar to Deschutes County’s 10.6 percent. Lincoln County led Oregon, with a ratio of nearly three overnight visitors for every 10 residents in 2016 (28.6%).
Direct travel spending in Hood River County topped $100 million in 2016 – a jump of 8.9 percent over 2015’s $92.5 million. Overnight visitors represented the biggest slice of travel spending, shelling out $72.5 million in 2016. Accommodations led all commodities purchased, capturing $30.2 million, followed by food services at $28.5 million. Together, accommodation and food services captured 60 percent of Hood River County’s 2016 destination spending.
Accommodation and food services dominated Hood River County’s travel generated employment trends, much like its travel spending. Accommodation and food services produced 850 jobs in 2016, about 76 percent of the 1,120 generated by travel spending across all industries. Within the accommodation and food services industry, direct travel spending produced just over half of its Hood River County jobs, employing 850 out of 1,650 in 2016.
Overnight travelers spent about $176 in Hood River County per person, averaging $75 per day over a 2.3 night stay. Traveling parties averaged 2.6 persons, spending $197 per day or $456 for the trip. Hotel and motel stays generated much higher visitor expenditures than other types of overnight accommodation. Hotel and motel guests spent $230 per trip to Hood River County while staying 1.9 nights. Party size in the hotel/motel group averaged 2.4 persons, generating $297 per day or $562 per trip.