Travel, tourism dollars reach record high in Medford

Medford, Ore. — Good news for local businesses. Visitors brought in a record $548-million dollars to southern Oregon in 2016. Travel Medford anticipates that growth to continue as we head into summer.

“Our community should be ecstatic with the numbers that are coming in,” Senior Vice President, Eli Matthews says, “our transient lodging tax, our TLT, over the past 4 years has gone up 40% which is absolutely amazing.”

Tournaments at US Cellular Park, and the local wine industry continue to contribute to the growth. Already, Travel Medford is hearing of rooms selling out for the weekend of the Country Crossings Music Festival.

Kristin Hosfelt anchors NBC5 News weeknights at 5, 6 and 11. Originally from the Bay Area, Kristin earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from San Jose State University.

She came to KOBI-TV/NBC5 from Bangor, Maine where she was the evening news anchor. Kristin has won multiple journalism awards including Best Feature Reporting in the State of Maine. In 2017, her investigation on lead pipes in Medford’s water system was named Best News Series by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters.

When Kristin is not sharing the news, she’s traveling, hunting down the best burrito, or buried in a Jodi Picoult novel. She’s also a Green Bay Packers shareholder; if you see her out and about she’d be happy to tell you the story of how a California girl became a cheesehead.

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