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|Tuesday, March 16, 2010|
Like Oregon, New Zealand has about 4 million residents, gorgeous beaches and a large and (let’s face it) obnoxious neighbor intent on dominating the regional economy. If you think Oregonians have a bias against California, try talking to a Kiwi about Australia.
I’ve done my share of foreign traveling over the past 20 years, and this trip stands out for its positive vibe. No one tried to rip me off the entire time I was there. I can’t tell you how much I appreciated that. Ironically, I think I ended up spending more as a result. I wanted to support what they have going on there. I can only hope that the experience is similar for visitors to Oregon.
Ben Jacklet is managing editor of Oregon Business.
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