The Invisible Burden of Tourism | Big Tourism

October 4, 2020

Running a tourism town ain't cheap. Who pays.

Join Arica Sears and her guest Jeremy Sampson, CEO of the Travel Foundation, on this episode of Big Tourism. Have you ever wondered who pays the price of upgrading infrastructure beyond resident needs to meet tourism demand, the cost to protect public spaces and natural habitats, the cost of increased exposure to climate change risks, and/or the cost to locals of rising house and land prices driven by the demand from tourism? With the ongoing challenges of 2020, have you wondered what the future of tourism will be? Listen to this insightful and honest conversation to get your questions answered. Only on ASPN.

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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.