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Outdoor Recreation Industry Boosts Oregon Economy

, Posted: Fri, March 22 2013 at 6:14 PM, Updated: Fri, March 22 2013 at 6:29 PM

From hiking to fishing the amount of outdoor activities throughout southern Oregon is ever growing and with it billions of dollars and thousands of jobs and that means money into our local economy.

it's just about here, the time of year when everyone is able to get outside and enjoy what is the beauty of southern Oregon.

According to the Outdoor Industry Association, outdoor recreation generates roughly $646 billion in consumer spending every year in the U.S.

Oregon generates roughly $12.8 billion and the industry creates 141,000 direct jobs in the state.

Hellgate Excursions is a major tourist destination in the region and even though their season doesn't begin until May 1 tours are already selling out.

Officials at the Grants Pass Tourism Office say there is obvious increase in tourism this year.

Friday they launched a new tour designed to showcase the outdoors.

The AG2ARTS tour will change along side every season.

You can find more infomation on the AG2ARTS Tour by visiting www.ag2arts.org.

You can also make a reservation for Hellgate Excursion at www.hellgate.com.

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