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Heady tourism numbers for Lane County in 2013

EUGENE, Ore. - If cash registers could smile, they'd be really happy with the latest report on Lane County tourism.   Travel Lane County today (May 9) released a new report from Dean Runyan Associates--which tracks travel impacts coast to coast.

Community Relations Director, Lisa Lawton, at Travel Lane County says total tourism spending last year hit a record $575-million.   That money is spent at restaurants, hotels, motels, wineries, transportation and much more...supporting more than 8,500 jobs in the county. 

Lawton says even more impressive is the revised receipts for hotel-motel room taxes.  The 2013 total in the Runyan report is $7.5-million--also a new record.  Lawton tells KVAL News, "Those overnight visitors drive much more in terms of economic impacts.  They're staying longer, they're spending more and so it's a very healthy sign that our visitor industry is prospering."

After Eugene-Springfield, the most visitors to Lane County come from Portland, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle, in that order, according to the Runyan report.  The top-ranked destination is the central Oregon Coast.

More details tomorrow and video coming your way on kval.com.