tourism

Monitoring wildfire smoke helping tourism

MEDFORD, Ore. – People have more options to now check smoke levels before they plan outdoor activities in the Rogue Valley. Travel Southern Oregon has placed new smoke monitoring devices around the region and is uploading the data to its website. This …

Optimism through troubles in tourism

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — While the governor announced some rural areas in Oregon may be able to open back up again in mid-May, businesses are holding their collective breath, hoping to sustain operations. The recently cancelled Boatnik Festival is one of many …

Tourism industry takes a hit

ASHLAND, Ore. — Lack of traffic through Ashland is already taking a toll on the tourism industry. The Ashland Chamber of Commerce’s Katharine Cato says people are already canceling travel plans. That will greatly affect many local businesses in Ashland. Cato says …

OSF lays off majority of staff

ASHLAND, Ore. *UPDATE* — Things will be quiet this summer in Ashland as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival puts its season on hold. The announcement was made Friday morning that along with the delay, hundreds of employees would be laid off. “It’s been …

Medford airport hits record breaking travel numbers

MEDFORD, Ore.– More record-breaking travel numbers for the Rogue Valley International Airport this summer. In the month of July, the airport saw over 109,000 travelers coming and going through the airport. That’s a new record for a single month. Airport officials say …

Smokeless skies bring last-minute tourists

ASHLAND, Ore – With the fear of smoke, tourism has become less predictable in summer in Southern Oregon. Ashland summers are typically filled with visitors from out of town but after smoke filled summers the last couple years, August tourism took a big …

Rest area to open this month in Ashland

ASHLAND, Ore. – When you cross the Oregon border you will soon be greeted with a new rest area and welcome center in Ashland off I-5. Travel Oregon and ODOT put on the rest area’s ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, June 7. While it’s …