Category Archives: Travel Oregon

Oregon’s North Coast bands together to manage tourism impacts

The North Coast Tourism Studio, offered by Travel Oregon in partnership with a local steering committee (representing 24 organizations and agencies), began with listening sessions held in spring, 2018, which guided the topics for a series of five workshops last fall and this winter. Community members were encouraged to work together to find solutions for […]
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Travel Oregon releases positive tourism numbers for 2018

State Tourism statistics from Travel Oregon are in, and for the ninth year in a row the state has shown steady tourism growth. “Travel and tourism in Oregon is now a $12.3 billion industry, that’s up about half a billion from last year,” Travel Oregon CEO Todd Davidson said. “The tourism industry employs 115,400 Oregonians, […]
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Report: More Than 29 Million Overnight Visitors Came To Oregon Last Year

A new economic impact report released by the Oregon Tourism Commission shows continuous growth in the state’s tourism industry. Visitation and spending increased for the ninth consecutive year in 2018. Source: Report: More Than 29 Million Overnight Visitors Came To Oregon Last Year . News | OPB

North Coast Food Trail expands, recognized for achievements by Travel Oregon

Visit Tillamook Coast is proud to announce that the North Coast Food Trail (NCFT), after a successful first year, has expanded its membership to 75 total participants. The food trail was the first of its kind in the state, and has served as a model for others. On Sunday, April 14, at the Oregon Governor’s […]
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Walden: ‘Enough is enough’

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden’s tone in a speech on wildfires and clean air to the Chamber of Jackson County/ Medford on Monday afternoon was far from dampened by the steady rain. The congressman repeatedly pointed to forest management measures that he believes hold the keys to conquering smoky summer skies in Southern Oregon. “Enough is […]
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Is Ashland using inflated tourism numbers?

How many tourists visit Ashland each year? Is it the 450,000 claimed last summer in a city budget update document? Is it the 400,000 cited in the city’s 2017 official budget message? Is it the 300,000 the Chamber of Commerce’s Visitor and Convention Bureau reported in 2016? Or is it really much lower? Why is […]
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Travel Oregon in charge of welcome center staffing

Q: I was very glad to see that the new welcome center will be opening in April. I was wondering, who will be running it? The reason I ask is I would like to apply for a job to work there. A: The state tourism promotion agency Travel Oregon will move into the welcome center […]
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A welcome sight

More than 20 years in the making, the Siskiyou Rest Area and Welcome Center near Exit 14 on Interstate 5 is set to open this spring. About 60 percent of people who drive into Oregon come in by that route, according to Ashland Chamber of Commerce Marketing Director Katharine Cato. “We welcome so many visitors […]
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New study looks at who visits North Coast

Traffic, lodging costs are concerns. When international travelers come to the North Coast, they are enamored with the nature that surrounds them and the Oregonians they meet. But a few more signs telling them how to get around wouldn’t hurt. The observations are a part of recent study by Travel Oregon and the University of […]
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Rural county stakes future on renewable energy

Solar and biofuels come to Lakeview. The lake by Lakeview disappeared long ago, and so did the timber jobs. For years the seat of Southern Oregon’s Lake County wrestled with declining public services and economic stagnation. Source: Oregon Business – Rural county stakes future on renewable energy