Welcome to our industry page built specifically for our tourism industry partners. We encourage you to check back periodically and see announcements of interest to our local hoteliers, restaurant owners, and business operators. Feel free to contact us if you have information to share that would benefit our hospitality and tourism industry.
Look in this section for upcoming projects, news, or other call to action announcements. You can also subscribe to these and other important industry announcements about grants, conferences, scholarships, etc. by filling out our e-news form below this section.
Travel Oregon is working closely with state and national partners to continually monitor the ever-evolving situation associated with the COVID-19 outbreak. We have gathered resources that will be helpful for you to monitor the situation and learn how your business or community might be affected.
In an effort to support our partners in a time when up-to-date information is crucial, Travel Oregon has created a toolkit that points to resources from national and state public health organizations to give you the information you need around COVID-19. As you receive questions and/or concerns from industry partners and tourism-related businesses, please direct them to the toolkit.
Our intention is to provide information that will help mitigate the negative impacts of COVID-19, including both the fear of contracting the virus, as well as its spread.
It’s important to reiterate that Oregon is open for business while empowering potential visitors to make informed travel decisions. With that in mind, refer them to the following resources:
Travel Oregon will link to resources on the Travel Alerts page on traveloregon.com. We recommend using a similar format on your website and communications channels. We will continue to update the toolkit with information as the situation evolves. Check back as questions or concerns arise, or reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Albany Parks & Recreation is looking for businesses that might be interested in doing sponsor signs for the 2020 softball season. The season also includes the USA Men’s Softball National Championship Tournament in September. This will be great added exposure for local businesses. View the pricing information (PDF) and contact Nicole Markel at 541-917-7774 if interested. Games get underway in April.
The greater Eugene area will host the Nation of Makers’ third annual conference, NOMCON 2020, June 5-7 at the Mary Spilde Downtown Center. The Nation of Makers brings together leaders of organizations dedicated to supporting the maker movement through supporting the maker community. The maker movement began with the resurgence of DIY and continues to grow as makers, creatives, and entrepreneurs join forces to create products, solutions, and services to serve and build their local communities and impact the larger ecosystem. NOMCON 2020 is an opportunity to showcase Oregon’s maker ingenuity and enterprise locally and nationally.
Maker Fest including UpCycle Maker Hall, a pre-event for Nation of Makers national conference, celebrates the maker legacy in Oregon. This is a rare opportunity for Oregon legacy companies, maker spaces, and makers to come together during a public event and share their stories with community and national audiences in engaging ways. These stories reflect regional diversity, inspire community pride, and showcase our deep roots as makers and doers. Click here for more information and to register.
One of our recent grant recipients is hosting a retail training for downtown businesses. The Downtown Corvallis Association is hosting a retail training workshop and registration is now open. The training is set for April 6, 2020 at the Downtown Corvallis Courtyard by Marriott. Jennifer Moreland, DCA’s Executive Director, is reaching out to organizations to invite them to participate. If you have partners you think would benefit, click here.
The City of Albany is taking the next steps in this long-standing effort to improve Albany’s waterfront and how it connects to downtown. The expectation is that new waterfront redevelopment will ultimately create one of the most unique downtowns in the state of Oregon. When complete, the riverfront will be a major downtown anchor, linking the community to the rivers to which it was historically connected.
Attend an Open House on March 5th, at the Albany Senior Center, from 4 – 6 p.m. and learn more about this economic vitality project. The open house is not a formal presentation but rather a drop-in to learn more and give your input.
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A variety of Oregon industry and business grants are open for application and this Travel Oregon document includes the specifics, including links and deadlines. Grants range from rural businesses and agricultural to community non-profit opportunities.
A limited number of scholarships are being offered through Travel Oregon and Visit Central Oregon so those with financial limitations can enjoy the benefits of attending the conference. People can apply for a full conference registration or one-day registration and may also request assistance with their hotel stay and mileage to and from the conference.
Apply here. Deadline to apply for a scholarship is March 5.
As you are sharing information about the conference and inviting people from the rural areas of your region, we ask that you think about people who may be new to the industry, a new business owner or manager or someone who is new to a DMO, lodging property, restaurant, attraction, etc. An ideal candidate is someone you would really like to mentor from a rural area of your region and not someone who has attended past Travel Oregon conferences/trainings/etc.
Our friends at KEZI and the Linn County Expo Center (LCEC) created a video about the stunning facilities available to industry partners. Are you an event or conference planner looking to site a large-scale gathering in Oregon? The LCEC is located in the beautiful Willamette Valley and is sited near to brand hotels and restaurants.
Call from Travel Oregon to participate in a first-ever networking conference on developing marketing strategies for rural communities. Please see the complete conference and registration information in the “Conferences” section of this page. (*Scroll to section underneath news and current affairs.)
Travel Oregon is now accepting applications for Oregon Wine Country License Plates Matching Grants funding. The program awards grants to eligible applicants for projects that promote wine and culinary tourism. Recent awarded projects have included: event promotion, digital marketing upgrades, winery visitor research and food trail maps/passports.
Applicants may apply for grants up to $50,000 for projects that promote wine and/or culinary tourism. Applicants must demonstrate a one-to-one match with at least 50% of matching funds being cash. Download the Wine Country Plates Matching Grants Guidelines for specific eligibility requirements and to view the application questions.
Travel Oregon administers the Oregon Wine Country License Plates Matching Grants Program, which is funded through sales of the Wine Country license plate. Learn more and complete the online application at: Industry.TravelOregon.com/WCPGrants.
If your farm, ranch, vineyard or fishery entertains visitors or conducts direct-to-consumer sales, you’re encouraged to participate in this survey. The goal is to learn more about farm stands, u-picks, CSAs, tastings, school field trips, events, tours, hunting, overnight stays and other ways that you open your business or attraction to the public.
This survey is part of a national study to better understand agritourism and farm-direct sales. Oregon-based results will be used by the Oregon Agritourism Working Group, a coalition of agriculture and tourism partners, and by Oregon State University Extension. The survey will help identify the best management practices for these types of operations and help assess the economic impacts. Results will also be used to develop tools and resources for farmers.
Questions? Contact Audrey Comerford or call 503.588.5301. Printed copies of the questionnaire are available upon request. This survey is confidential and takes about 15 minutes to complete. The survey closes Jan. 31.
In 2018, local transient lodging taxes (TLT) generated more than $200 million dollars across the state, up from about $90 million in 2007. To understand the economic impacts of this revenue source, Travel Oregon contracted ECONorthwest to develop the Local Transient Lodging Tax: Expenditures and Administration report. At the time of the study, 120 jurisdictions had a local TLT, and 101 of these jurisdictions (84%) participated in the project by completing surveys via interviews. This information was compiled in a report demonstrating how cities and counties spend local TLTs on different programs throughout the state.
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Albany Visitors Association and its tourism marketing partners published a seven page insert inside 1859 Magazine’s 2019 Holiday Foodie issue that featured Albany restaurants, lodging, historic districts, the carousel, and Linn County points of interest. 1859 is widely circulated and is a prime travel and tourism glossy publication with a dedicated following.
Albany businesses featured included:
The insert is on page 111 through 118 of the virtual magazine. For print publication, the insert was featured in the front-middle portion of the magazine.
October 2019 – Linn Benton Food Trail Agritourism Project
Albany Visitors Association (AVA) and Visit Corvallis, in partnership with Travel Oregon, are seeking Linn County and Benton County agritourism and culinary businesses to participate in the creation of the “Mid-Willamette Valley Food Trail.”
What is a food trail? It is a grouping of businesses that will be featured in a brochure and on the Travel Oregon website. These businesses should showcase locally sourced products and ingredients, and practice a farm-to-visitor model.
If you own a restaurant, bakery, brewery, winery, or distillery tasting room, farm, ranch, nursery, roadside stand, lodging facility (Air B&B, farm-stay experience, etc.), or any other type of business in Linn or Benton Counties that uses locally produced, sourced and grown ingredients, you may meet the project’s criteria.
Applications will be accepted until November 15, 2019 (Applications are now closed for 2019), and we anticipate acceptance decisions by early January. If your application is accepted, you will be required to attend a business training in January or February 2020 — before the official launch of the brochure in March 2020 — to learn more about the program, marketing and agritourism best practices.
If you have additional questions about the program, contact Rebecca Bond (email@example.com) at Albany Visitors Association, or Christina Rehklau (firstname.lastname@example.org) at Visit Corvallis.
Video about the Oregon Food Trails Program
Our friends and partners at Travel Oregon produced the following video snapshot about what defines a food trail and how it can be a major draw for your visitors.
Travel Oregon and the Oregon Tourism Commission Sign up for industry newsletters, join a targeted tourism development group, participate in workshops, receive hospitality training, attend commission meetings and tourism conferences.
Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association Sign up for podcasts, industry video news, e-newsletters, and a variety of information pertaining to the restaurant and lodging industry—including important legislative bills.
Hospitality Vision A mobile “pocket” concierge and hospitality app developer, providing lodging and tourism partners with welcome screens, hotel digital directories, interactive GPS maps, food delivery systems, iPad concierge lobby services, lobby displays and local business coupons, hotel info channels, and much much more.
Willamette Valley Visitors Association “WVVA” is the tourism-marketing umbrella for destination marketing organizations that fall inside Willamette Valley counties, including Yamhill, Clackamas, Polk, Linn, Lane, Marion and the Mt. Hood Territory. WVVA offers multiple opportunities for industry businesses to obtain grants and training, and ways to keep in touch by subscribing to e-news, and publishing itineraries and blogs of interest to visitors.
Travel and Words Conference This annual conference is produced by a group of travel media and industry professionals who live and work in the Northwest. The next conference takes place May 3 -5, 2020 in Bend, Oregon.
The goals of the Travel and Words conference are to:
Industry associates may find it beneficial to either attend the conference or exhibit as a vendor.
Oregon Rural Tourism Conference Travel Oregon is hosting this first-ever rural-focused conference that delivers practical and applicable education, collaboration and networking opportunities that support Oregon’s destination marketing and management organizations, businesses and industry partners that work in rural communities. The conference is at Sunriver Resort in Central Oregon, April 26-28, 2020.
For the purposes of the conference, rural is defined as a city that is less than 25,000 population and not adjacent to or part of an urban or metropolitan area. Anyone who works in, or with, rural Oregon communities is invited to attend the conference.
Partners, sponsorship and exhibitors As an Oregon Rural Tourism Conference Sponsor or Exhibitor Partner, your support of this conference ensures the right people are able to attend at the right price point. Whatever your level of support, we know your investment in this new conference will bring significant returns on investment, along with the benefit of being further invested in the people and places within the rural communities of our state.
To understand the different partnership opportunities and price points, visit the website or contact Travel Oregon’s Director of Strategic Partnerships, Lisa Itel. Contact email@example.com if you have any questions about Travel Oregon’s conferences.
Oregon Destination Association Conference The date and location for the 2021 ODA Annual Conference will be announced soon. (The conference was just held at the end of January 2020.) This is a tourism destination marketing association conference. A lineup of exceptional content, educational panels, keynote speakers and exhibitor vendors is in development. To receive information about exhibitor sponsorship opportunities and registration for 2021, please contact OregonDestinationManager@gmail.com. For more information, visit: http://oregondmo.com/conferences/
Oregon Governor’s Conference on Tourism Organized by Travel Oregon, this industry-wide conference brings organizations and businesses together to educate, inspire and connect tourism stakeholders and partners. Through innovative programming, the conference will help guide and align Oregon’s seven diverse regions. Attend and/or be a sponsor or exhibitor. Anyone in the tourism or hospitality industry can register. The next conference will be held April 11-13, 2021 in Portland at the Oregon Convention Center. Registration and room blocks will open January 2021. Check the Travel Oregon Industry website for information.