Wheeler County Travel Spending Totaled $2.8 Million in 2016

by Dallas Fridley

September 25, 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.

Direct travel spending in Wheeler County totaled $2.8 million in 2016 – rising by 1.1 percent over the year. Overnight visitors represented the biggest slice of travel spending, shelling out $2 million in 2016. Food services led visitor spending categories, bringing in $0.8 million or 30 percent of Wheeler County’s direct travel spending. Accommodations generated $0.5 million in travel spending. Food stores brought in $0.4 million, as did arts, entertainment, and recreation.

Accommodation and food services dominated Wheeler County’s travel employment trends, producing 20 jobs in 2016, two out of three generated by travel spending across all industries. Travel spending produced 10 jobs in retail (includes gasoline). According to the report, travel spending generated about 4.5 percent of Wheeler County’s total employment in 2015.

Overnight travelers spent about $73 in Wheeler County per person, averaging $28 per day over a 2.6 night length of stay. Traveling parties averaged three persons, spending $84 per day or $216 for the trip. Hotel and motel stays generated much higher visitor expenditures than other types of overnight accommodation. Hotel and motel guests spent $142 per trip to Wheeler County while staying 1.7 nights. Party size in the hotel/motel group averaged 2.5 persons, generating $209 per day or $348 per trip. According to the report, $82,180 in 2016 visitor spending supported one job in Wheeler County.

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