Industry Stories

  1. 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.…

  2. 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,…

  3. 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,…

  4. 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…

  5. 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,…

  6. Tillamook County Rallies Around Salmon SuperHwy

    Posted by OCVA / September 27, 2017

    Visitors flock to Oregon’s North Coast during winter months for, among many things, winter storm watching. And while big storms can be exciting to witness, they also bring their share of downsides. Heavy rains can sometimes lead to flooding and road washouts – usually a result of undersized culverts, says Amy Horstman with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Habitat Restoration Programs. When homeowners can’t reach…

  7. Join the ‘Winter on the Oregon Coast’ Co-Op Advertising Campaign

    Posted by OCVA / September 27, 2017

    Cooperative marketing is any agreement to combine marketing efforts. Individual businesses and/or organizations, in the spirit of working together for the greater good, agree to clearly outlined goals and requirements in exchange for the development and implementation of a well-executed marketing campaign. There are examples of cooperative marketing all around us – a restaurant, hotel and winery offering a Valentine’s Day package, for example. Or,…

  8. Port Orford Air Station Opens the Sea to Visitors

    Posted by OCVA / August 14, 2017

      Some coastal communities face challenges when balancing the needs of the fishing, forestry and other well-established industries with the needs of the growing tourism sector. Yet communities like Port Orford are proving that these competing needs don’t have to be pitted against one another — they can actually help one another succeed. In 2015, following the Travel Oregon Rural Tourism Studio on the Wild…

  9. How Lincoln City Keeps Tourism Momentum Going Year-Round

    Posted by OCVA / August 14, 2017

      When you own a business in a place that sees the majority of its visitor traffic during two months of the year – July and August – you have to get creative if you want to survive the winter. More and more, visitors are looking for authentic experiences and annual traditions that help them get to know a place better. In Lincoln City, the destination management…

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