Oregon’s Casino Tourism Industry
December 21, 2013
Natural and Cultural Entertainment Centers for State Travelers
Oregon governor John Kitzhaber has pushed for a more effective tourism industry, as it has currently been "an important part of Oregon's economy that generates nearly $9 billion in the state." Analogous to his call is the reinstatement of the support for gaming centers that hugely contribute to the protection of the natural resources and the preservation of cultures that have existed for centuries.
Wildhorse Resort & Casino, Pendleton
Owned and operated by the Confederate Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR), Wildhorse Resort & Casino in Pendleton boasts a selection of casino tables as well as other recreational activities like golf and Teepee camping. Also in Wildhorse is the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute which runs a permanent exhibition of pertinent cultural markers of the three tribes which make up the CTUIR: the Umatilla, Walla Walla and the Cayuse. Consequently, the revenues generated from these casinos, drawing 750,000 visitors each year, have been disbursed to funds devoted to restoring and protecting the natural landscape of the reservation.
Chinook Winds Casino, Lincoln City
Chinook Winds Casino is an enterprise run by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz located in Lincoln City – one of the very few entertainment centers in the area after sundown. The casino has slot games, table games, bingo, Keno and tournaments for all gaming needs. In addition to the storming number of tourists enjoying the ocean-view suites, Chinook Winds drives in people from all over Oregon for their inventive events including rib eating contests and classic car shows. The Convention Center at the casino grounds is home to the state’s brimming pool of comedic talents and a rotating selection of musical acts from around the country.
Seven Feathers Casino Resort, Canyonville
Originally Cow Creek Bingo Hall, Seven Feathers in Canyonville is strategically located near various outdoor attractions: the Crater Lake National Park, Myrtle Creek Golf Course and the Umqua Valley wine region. After dark, the Seven Feathers Casino becomes packed with guests exploring Southern Oregon’s largest gaming facility. Seven Feathers is mainly inspired by the casinos of Nevada – an industry favorite for land-based gaming establishments and its web counterparts – juxtaposed with Native American cultural influences, as seen on Betfair's Wild Spirit and Diamond Alley jackpot games.
Casino tours in Oregon are never plain and boring. With a diversely beautiful set of natural formations, there is always an outdoor activity for everyone, from low-lying seaport towns to breathtaking mountain peaks.
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