Category Archives: Travel Oregon

Crowds gather at Capitol to view eclipse

Officials prepped about a year, though things seemed more subdued in Salem than some had feared. For about two minutes Monday morning, Oregon’s capital went dark during the first total solar eclipse to hit the continental U.S. since 1979. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Crowds gather at Capitol to view eclipse

Area nonprofits, Multnomah County library work to help homeless, those in need enjoy eclipse event

Portland-area library workers handed out 20,000 pairs of eclipse glasses over 11 days. Oregon is swelling with people as the eclipse draws near, and the sunglasses needed to watch the celestial event on Monday morning are flying off the shelves. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Area nonprofits, Multnomah County library work to help homeless, those […]
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How Oregon towns are preparing for the eclipse

Small towns have spent months figuring out how to handle a million extra people—and procure enough toilets. If you’re driving to John Day, Oregon, from any direction, be warned. For the last 90 miles of your journey, you won’t find a single gas station. No fast food. No cell service. Just sunset-colored canyons and fossil […]
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Legal pot dealers find home: Oregon’s Cannabis Coast

Eddie Biggar sports a black-and-green suit dotted with tiny green leaves as he dances jovially on a corner of the Pacific Coast Highway. Some two-and-a-half hours southwest of Portland, he owns the sidewalk. Just like a sign-waiver might promote the local pizzeria, The Weedman boasts $5 grams, urging customers down the street to CannaMedicine. Source: […]
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Oregon travel industry creates jobs, boosts economy

The Oregon travel industry continued to exhibit strong growth in 2016, with travel-related spending generating record revenues for the state. The Oregon travel industry continued to exhibit strong growth in 2016, with travel-related spending generating record revenues for the state. “We’ve had seven consecutive years of very solid growth,” said Travel Oregon Chief Executive Officer […]
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Travel Oregon recognizes Tamástslikt, Pat Beard

A local organization and individual were among the recipients of the 2016 Travel and Tourism Industry Achievement Awards. Presented by the Oregon Tourism Commission, doing business as Travel Oregon, in May at the 2017 Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Salem, Tamástslikt Cultural Institute and Pat Beard were recognized. Source: East Oregonian

Oregon tourism marketing budget doubles

Central Oregon wants to build air service fund. Travel Oregon expects to have twice as much money to spend over the next two years as in the last budget cycle, and a significant chunk of that cash will go to regional tourism-promotion agencies. Source: Oregon tourism marketing budget doubles; Central Oregon wants to build air […]
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Wallowa County tourism spending rises

The tourism industry grew to $29.3 million in 2016, according to a report published last week by Travel Oregon. The bulk of that amount was spend on accommodations, food services, food stores, local transportation and gas, arts and recreation and retail sales. Tourism spending was up roughly a million dollars over 2015 and almost $4 […]
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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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