Industry Stories

  1. Businesses spread awareness about for wildfire prevention

    Posted by OCVA / August 8, 2018

    In late July 2017, residents near Brookings watched news reports closely as the Chetco Bar Fire grew ever closer to the towns along the South Coast. The fire, which was ignited by lighting, eventually burned 191,125 acres and forced 5,000 people to evacuate their homes. Many forest fires are naturally occuring. Yet the latest research shows that more than 80 percent are human caused. In…

  2. Oregon Coast embraces Guest Service Gold

    Posted by OCVA / August 8, 2018

    So far in 2018, more than 250 partners along the Coast have earned an internationally accredited guest service training certification, most using the state’s customized Guest Service Gold Tourism: Oregon. This customized course, was created in partnership with Travel Oregon, the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association Education Foundation, and the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute so that employees receive real-life context in various situations.…

  3. North Coast Tourism Summit kicks off workshop series

    Posted by OCVA / August 8, 2018

    This North Coast Tourism Summit, scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 25th at The Old Mill Event Center in Garibaldi, is the official start to the North Coast Tourism Studio. The purpose of the summit is to create a shared vision for tourism along the North Coast. Anyone from Astoria to Pacific City that is interested in helping to shape the future of tourism in the region…

  4. OCVA hosts People’s Coast Summit in October

    Posted by OCVA / August 8, 2018

    Wouldn’t it be great if you could keep up with current industry trends, network with your peers, get pointers to help you do your job more effectively, and make time for a little fun? With the busy summer season behind us, the People’s Coast Summit might be for you. Scheduled for Oct. 9-10 in Waldport, the People’s Coast Summit is an annual conference hosted by…

  5. Travel Southern Oregon Coast promotes regional collaboration

    Posted by OCVA / June 15, 2018

    With the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, the Southwest Oregon Regional Airport, miles of uncrowded beaches and trails, the South Coast is attracting an increasing number of visitors. One sign that the area is maturing as a regional destination is the decision by local stakeholders to create a destination management organization (DMO) to represent the region as a whole. Travel Southern Oregon Coast (TSOC) complements the…

  6. New group works to restore threatened Oregon Dunes

    Posted by OCVA / June 15, 2018

    “In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught.”(Baba Dioum, 1968)   The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area (ODNRA) is the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America, attracting more than half a million visitors each year. Yet, as non-native species such as European beachgrass and Scotch…

  7. North Coast cultivates agri-tourism businesses

    Posted by OCVA / June 15, 2018

    While Jacobsen Salt, Pelican Brewery Company’s  Double IPA and Tillamook Cheese have made their way onto grocery store shelves across the country, Tillamook County is home to countless other high-quality food businesses. Over the next two years, Partners for Rural Innovation will leverage a $45,000 grant from Business Oregon’s Rural Opportunity Initiative Grant program to launch three separate initiatives aimed at supporting budding businesses and…

  8. Coastal resource managers send a unified message

    Posted by OCVA / June 15, 2018

    Ask someone to name their favorite Oregon Coast experience and chances are they will mention natural attractions such as Haystack Rock, Cape Perpetua, the Oregon Dunes, or one of many National Wildlife Refuges along the Coast. Recognizing the role the tourism industry plays in educating visitors about these special places, including how to preserve and protect them and how to safely enjoy them, the Oregon…

  9. OCVA announces $72,000 in grants

    Posted by OCVA / April 10, 2018

    The Oregon Coast Visitors Association (OCVA) is pleased to announce seven grant awards totaling $72,000 to organizations implementing high-value destination development projects that align with OCVA’s strategic goals. The awards were made through OCVA’s Strategic Investment Fund (SI-Fund), which is a new grant program established after the passing of Oregon House Bill 4146 in 2016. “These grants will greatly accelerate destination development work along the…

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