Is It Possible to Have Too Much Tourism?
Bend, Ore., in the winter (courtesy Thinkstock)
Bend, Ore., is struggling with too much tourism.
Bend has become a popular tourism destination in Central Oregon, welcoming 20,000 visitors or so on a typical summer day. This type of growth is bringing big-city problems according to an article in the Bend Bulletin.
“What worked when there was 40,000 people in the city isn’t going to work when there’s 120,000 people,” Bill Bernardy of the Bend Neighborhood Coalition said.
Where some see tourism as an important lifeline for Bend’s growth, others see an increase in traffic, trash and public intoxication during the busy season — with no end in sight, notes the Bend Bulletin.
Bend and the City Club of Central Oregon are taking steps to allow residents and business owners a voice regarding the situation. They have set up a forum regarding the tourism economy and trying to educate residents.
“Our goal after the forum is not to have people feeling the same way, but it’s a way to channel these feelings in a productive manner,” Bill Buchanan, a member of the City Club’s board of directors said to the Bend Bulletin.
Tourism is an important economic driver in the Bend. Read on here to find out how the community will attempt to heal the rift between a booming tourism economy and the comfort of its residents.
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