Category Archives: Travel Oregon

Editorial: Gross receipts tax proposal gets worse

The Oregon Legislature must, by law, come up with a balanced budget by July 10. That’s a problem. The state expects to pay out about $1.4 billion more in the coming two years than it will have in revenues coming in. The solution? If you’re a legislative Democrat, that’s obvious: Raise taxes, but do so […]
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Visitors to Northeast Oregon spending more during trips

The state’s tourism chief wants visitors to Eastern Oregon not only marvel at the region’s scenic attractions, but also to savor the flavors of local foods and to meet the people who raise the beef, grow the produce and brew the beer. Which is to say that Todd Davidson, CEO of Travel Oregon, hopes tourists […]
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Oregon State Government’s $278 Million Self-Promotion ‘PR’ Machine

Oregonians deserve a safe space from government manipulation, propaganda and bloated contracts. State government shelled out hundreds millions of dollars to public relations firms. Eighty-seven state agencies spent $278 million dollars to convince taxpayers to spend more taxpayer dollars on bigger government, higher taxes – and more regulations from 2012 through 2016. Source: Oregon State Government’s […]
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Tourism advocates hope golf conference brings foreign visitors

Oregon seeks billions spent by international travelers As Travel Oregon seeks to grow the share of tourism spending by foreigners, the agency is heaping praise on the Central Oregon Visitors Association for landing a conference of international golf tour operators. Source: Tourism advocates hope golf conference brings foreign visitors; Oregon seeks billions spent by international […]
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Our view: They’re coming to Umatilla County

It may be arriving in fits and starts, but after a long and unusually frigid winter, summer is nearly here. It’s just what Pendleton needs. Tourism isn’t strictly a fair-weather business, but around these parts the clear skies and warm nights are the perfect environment to welcome visitors from all over. Source: East Oregonian

Beach Bill: Celebrating 50 years of public beaches 

Former Gov. McCall’s son toasts Oregon’s Beach Bill In a lot of ways, the relationship between the Oregon Coast and those who live here is like a marriage vow: you love it for better or for worse. This love was tested as about 30 people huddled under umbrellas and raincoats in a sporadic rain and […]
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Central Oregon airports brace for eclipse crowds

Thousands of pilots and passengers create space, fuel concerns Air travelers headed to Oregon for the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse are expected to create unprecedented challenges for the state’s commercial and noncommercial airports, from Portland to John Day. Around 1 million people will be traveling to Oregon from other states and countries to catch […]
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Tourism, travel have significant economic impact | Guest Opinion

Most people are likely familiar with the frequently touted (and research-proven) positive effects of travel on our work performance, relationships and personal well-being. It’s travel’s economic power, though, that arguably deserves more attention. This week, travel industry workers across the country are celebrating the 34th annual National Travel and Tourism Week. This year’s theme, “Faces […]
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Oregon’s Public Lands Could Face The Brunt Of Solar Eclipse Visitors

Smith Rock State Park naturalist Dave Vick peered through his spotting scope perched on a red rock cliff. He pointed the scope toward a tall ponderosa pine, spotting a downy mass in the middle of a 6-foot-wide nest. Inside was a 2-week-old bald eagle, or eaglet, named Solo because he was the only hatchling in […]
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Oregon Coast Beach Bill Party This Week Adds More Names; Son of Gov. McCall

This week’s celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Oregon’s Beach Bill just got bigger. 50 years after his father’s visit, Tad McCall, the son of former Oregon Governor Tom McCall, will visit Cannon Beach on Saturday, May 13 along with a growing list of dignitaries. Now, among the influential joining the north Oregon coast party […]
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