Oregon Coast Tourism and Climate Change: Where does tourism fit in? | Big Tourism

August 11, 2021

Coastal tourism and climate change: opportunities and risks

Join Big Tourism Host Arica Sears and Climate Change Specialist Patty Martin as they give the ASPN audience a peek behind the curtain at the Oregon Coast Visitors Association (OCVA) and it’s recent commitment to climate action. Climate change has the potential to significantly impact travel and tourism in the coming years, but this sector also has a tremendous opportunity to be a catalyst for change, and to do so it is imperative that coastal communities and tourism destinations work closely together. Explore the role of tourism in climate change, what they’ve learned at OCVA so far and where they are going next.

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Arica Sears

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.