While most Americans consider the Pacific Ocean an essential location for children to experience, nearly three out of four U.S. kids have never visited it, a startling fact uncovered in a recent survey conducted by the Travel Industry Association (TIA). The Oregon Tourism Commission (dba Travel Oregon) is responding by creating opportunities for children to splash in the Pacific surf.
TIA's nationally projectable survey of 2,252 U.S. adults revealed that 46 percent of the population regularly travels with children under the age of 18 and 73 percent of these kids have never visited the Pacific Ocean. "In this age of TV, the Internet and video games, children are more often losing touch with nature and not connecting with the world around them." said Todd Davidson, Travel Oregon CEO.