PORTLAND, Ore. – The first ships arrived Wednesday for Fleet Week, one of the highlights of the Portland Rose Festival.

The festival takes over most of the month of June, and puts Portland in the spotlight. It also brings in a lot of money to the local economy.

“Seventy million dollars coming into our economy every year for this event and people are seeing it in restaurants and hotels and local businesses and what that means is jobs here, so it’s great for Portland’s economy,” said Sandra McDonough, president and CEO of the Portland Business Alliance.

The Rose Festival draws people from Portland, surrounding areas and from around the world. Hotels are booked, and Portland is in the spotlight.

“It’s such a beautiful city, you know never been here,” said Dershing Helner. The San Francisco bay area resident added, “I’m just so impressed with how clean it is, (I was telling him) walking around it’s pristine, everyone’s so polite.”