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Arica Sears is a fourth generation resident of a one stoplight town on the Oregon Coast. She was raised in the hand-me-down wetsuits, life jackets, and rubber boots of her two brothers and the waters of the Nestucca River. Her International Studies degree paved the way for her to research the effects of globalization in Peru on indigenous communities, count by-catch on the Ecuadorian coast, teach English in Spain & France, guide scuba diving in Mallorca, and document timber industry practices on the Oregon Coast. Arica currently works for the Oregon Coast Visitors Association as the Destination Management Coordinator for all 363 miles of Oregon coastline. She works with land management agencies, local businesses, nonprofits, government entities, and citizens to inspire travel and strengthen collaboration to create and steward a sustainable coastal economy.
A look into the costs of tourism.
March 28, 2023
King Tides Meet Citizen Science on the Oregon Coast!
January 12, 2023
A global and local conversation
December 8, 2022
There's more to it than you might think!
October 12, 2022
What a travel expert thinks about when she goes to Norway.
July 26, 2022
Recent tourism trends tell us about the industry's future?
May 26, 2022
How tourism can lead the charge to sustainability?
April 20, 2022
Greening up the tourism operations with innovative solutions
February 2, 2022
Coastal tourism and climate change: opportunities and risks
August 11, 2021
There's more to it than great food.
August 3, 2021
Read to travel? The rich history and traditions of Mallorca.
June 4, 2021
Experienced-based tourism in SE Alaska commercial fishery
February 12, 2021
Let's go to Palau: Destination management and much more
January 7, 2021
Tourism: too much of a good thing?
October 1, 2020
Running a tourism town ain't cheap. Who pays.
September 16, 2020
Observing coastal tourists in their natural habitat
August 18, 2020
When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
May 13, 2020
Vacation rentals take a direct hit. Is there a path forward?
April 14, 2020
Emergency preparedness . . . it's a big deal. Now.
April 2, 2020
COVID-19 is a challenge but one beach brewery works to adapt
March 24, 2020
Welcoming Arica Sears and the Big Tourism podcast to ASPN!
February 14, 2020