Industry Stories

  1. 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…

  2. 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,…

  3. 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…

  4. 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,…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. Tourism Studio Set to Launch on the North Coast

    Posted by OCVA / August 14, 2017

      Travel Oregon will soon initiate a Tourism Studio focused on destination management for the North Coast. Initially, it will work in partnership with a diverse steering committee comprised of stakeholders from the North Coast to help shape the design of the program. In 2018, a workshop series will offer stakeholders in the region the opportunity to address tourism visioning, management planning, product (or ‘experience’) development,…

  8. New Trail Will Highlight Coastal Public Art

    Posted by OCVA / August 14, 2017

      The coast is an ideal place for artists to retreat, reflect and create. So, it’s no surprise that coastal communities are home to theaters, galleries, glassblowing shops, blacksmiths, woodworkers, photographers and more. They are also home to a wide range of public art. In an effort to make that public art more visible to visitors, the Oregon Coast Visitors Association (OCVA) is leading an…

  9. 5 Things We’ve Learned about Coast Tourism Trends

    Posted by OCVA / June 12, 2017

      We all know that tourism is a growing sector of the Oregon economy. But when you look at the numbers, it’s quite staggering to see how much it’s grown over the last decade. Along the Oregon Coast between 2000 and 2015, local lodging taxes collected annually grew 50 percent from $18 million to $27 million. In that same time period, visitor spending along the…

  10. Agritourism grows in Tillamook

    Posted by OCVA / June 12, 2017

    Have you ever spent an hour waiting to get into Local Ocean Seafoods in Newport? Have you left the Manzanita Farmers Market with more goodies than you could possible eat? Have you happily convinced your family to visit the Tillamook Cheese Factory for the upteenth time? Then you’re part of the growing swell of people who can’t seem to get enough of the Oregon Coast’s…

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