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Siskiyou Safety Rest Area/Welcome Center viewed from the east.

Tourism Investment “The Welcome Center, co-located with the rest area and operated by Travel Oregon, will be a local, regional and statewide economic generator,” said ODOT Area Manager Art Anderson. Local and state tourism officials are looking forward to project completion. “The Siskiyou Safety Rest Area and Welcome Center project will serve as the gateway to Oregon,” said Travel Oregon CEO Todd Davidson. “The new facility will help enhance and inspire the journey of those returning to Oregon or visiting our state for the first time.


June 17, 2016

“Oregon tourism is a $10.3 billion industry. Opening a Welcome Center at such a significant entry point to the state will help drive economic growth.” More than three million vehicles travel north on I-5 into Oregon each year. According to the Oregon Tourism Commission, each dollar spent operating a welcome center equals $41 in visitor spending. “Welcome centers have long been recognized as an important element in a local area’s hospitality and tourism tool kit, and this should be no exception,” said Medford-Jackson County Chamber Executive Director Brad Hicks.