Industry Stories

  1. Guides Encourage People to Look, Not Touch Tide Pools

    Posted by OCVA / February 20, 2018

    Oregon’s rocky shoreline is a huge draw for tourists, many of whom travel from miles away to see the dramatic rocks, cliffs and islands sprinkled along the Coast. Of the more than 1,400 rocks and islands off the Coast, none is more famous than Haystack Rock. Jutting out of the Cannon Beach shoreline, the 235-foot rock is one of the most popular and most photographed…

  2. OCVA Offers Scholarships for Oregon Guest Service Trainings

    Posted by OCVA / February 20, 2018

    Even the highest-rated companies make mistakes. Whether the culprit is an overcooked steak, a grumpy waiter or a weather-related cancellation, chances are, if you’re providing a service, things are bound to go wrong. You can’t control people’s moods or the weather. But you can take precautions to ensure that fewer mistakes happen and that when they do, your staff know how to respond. In 2018,…

  3. Lessons Learned From 2017 Fire Season

    Posted by OCVA / February 20, 2018

    On July 12, 2017, the Chetco Bar fire was spotted by a commercial pilot from the air in a steep, remote area in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness roughly six miles west of Pearsoll Peak and 20 miles northeast of Brookings. The fire would eventually burn 191,125 acres and force 5,000 people to evacuate their homes. Like the 2002 Biscuit Fire, which burned 500,000 acres, the Chetco…

  4. Program Trains Hospitality Job Seekers

    Posted by OCVA / February 20, 2018

    Statewide, the travel and tourism industry directly employs 105,500 people, a number that increased 23 percent between 2003 and 2015, according to Travel Oregon. “Visitors to the Central Coast spent almost $700 million in 2017, a number that is expected to continue to grow as Portland’s population increases,” says Marcus Hinz, executive director of the Oregon Coast Visitors Association. Many hospitality businesses along the Coast…

  5. Tillamook and Florence Invest in Curb Appeal

    Posted by OCVA / December 1, 2017

    If you’ve driven through Tillamook, Oregon, lately, you’ve likely noticed some big changes in the works. The Oregon Department of Transportation is two years into a three-year project aimed at improving traffic flow, expanding bike and pedestrian paths and creating public gathering spaces. Many local leaders see the revitalization project as a way to bring more people into its historic downtown. Known as the U.S.…

  6. Oregon King Tides Photo Project Gains Momentum

    Posted by OCVA / November 30, 2017

    Flooded golf courses, damaged roads and swamped playgrounds are common sites along some low-lying areas of the Coast during major winter storm events. For scientists studying sea level rise, winter storms help shed light on the risks that many coastal communities will face in the future. But coastal winter storms aren’t the only events that interest scientists studying the impacts of climate change. King tides,…

  7. Coquille River Water Trail Presents a Wave of Opportunity

    Posted by OCVA / November 30, 2017

    Kayaking through the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge is a unique opportunity to experience nature at work. The refuge protects the largest remaining tidal salt marsh within the Coquille River estuary. Located near the mouth of the Coquille River, its shallow open waters, salt marsh, mudflats, sandy beaches, seagrass beds and sheltered channels form ribbons of waterways swarming with marine life. Every spring and fall,…

  8. How to Get Hero Shots on a Limited Budget

    Posted by OCVA / September 27, 2017

    Sunshine, blue skies, clear waters and perfect dirt. If you’re a mountain biker, these are the essential ingredients for a perfect ride on the Oregon Coast. Earlier this summer photographer Justin Myers spent an hour “chasing the light” to capture this shot of Rena Simpson mountain biking the Cape Blanco Trail System near Port Orford. “For this photo, Rena biked that same 100-foot section at…

  9. Rescues Raise Questions About Tourism’s Role in Public Safety

    Posted by OCVA / September 27, 2017

    In the middle of the day on Aug. 16, 2017, a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter hoisted a woman off a cliff near the Sea Lion Caves in Florence, reuniting her with her family after five days and nights in the woods. Two weeks earlier, the Coast Guard rescued an injured man aboard a sailboat off the coast of Gold Beach. And just weeks before that,…

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