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  1. De-escalation: A new tool for pandemic tourism

    Posted by OCVA / September 15, 2020

    It’s indisputable that 2020 has been a year like no other for small businesses and DMOs on the Coast. Over the spring and summer, tourism industry members rolled with the punches of general uncertainty and phased reopening guidelines. And while mask-wearing customers standing six-feet apart for curbside pickup might be the most visible manifestations of the new normal, another invisible element poses more of a…

  2. Seaside hotelier launches new property during pandemic

    Posted by OCVA / September 15, 2020

    Masudur Khan is no stranger to the hospitality industry. The owner of twelve properties along the Oregon Coast, he understands the kind of planning and organization that goes into a successful operation. So last fall, as he broke ground on construction for the new Saltline Hotel in Seaside, he was thinking past design, engineering and construction to hiring, training and opening day for the 2020…

  3. Reckless abandon: Addressing problems of over-tourism on the Coast

    Posted by OCVA / September 15, 2020

    Automobile traffic, crowded trailheads, overflowing trash cans and busy public restrooms. The Oregon Coast is unhappily familiar with the problems that come with being beloved by tourists. This summer, tensions have been more obvious than ever, especially along the North Coast, with the sudden surge in visitors from urban centers. That surge, which followed phased reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic, came amid widespread business closures…

  4. Grants offer good news

    Posted by OCVA / July 14, 2020

    Small businesses on the Coast are known for their grit and commitment to their communities. During the pandemic, those characteristics have shone even more brightly. Recent grants from Travel Oregon and the Oregon Hospitality Foundation have recognized those efforts and helped give a boost to the region’s small, local tourism businesses.  In June, Travel Oregon announced the COVID-19 Emergency Response Grant Program, through which it…

  5. Coast businesses embrace virtual events

    Posted by OCVA / July 14, 2020

    Oregon Coast festivals are as iconic as grey whales, nesting guillemots and “The Goonies.” But these days, with large gatherings on hold, festivals will not be taking shape as usual. Still, many festival organizers, committed to keeping the spirit alive, have jumped into virtual events. Armed with an enthusiasm for embracing new technologies and love of their traditions, festival organizers are earning successes and learning…

  6. Visitor sentiment reports help businesses plan for the future

    Posted by OCVA / July 14, 2020

    What do visitors want? It’s the perennial question in the tourism industry and the answer has never seemed more complex. As Oregon and the nation begin to reopen, now is a great time for businesses to prepare for visitors to return. When they come, they will undoubtedly have new travel habits and changed expectations. One way to get a handle on these trends is to…

  7. Local Foods + Local Investments = Local Resiliency

    Posted by OCVA / May 1, 2020

    If there’s one silver lining during this storm of COVID-19, it’s local resilience. To match the heartbreaking news of closing businesses and historic numbers of unemployment, Oregon’s communities have demonstrated their resilience powerfully and gracefully. On the Coast, small towns and their dedicated citizens have been investing in local businesses and local food systems like never before. So how does that fit into the mission…

  8. A Message in a Bottle

    Posted by OCVA / April 8, 2020

    For thousands of years, coastal romantics and oceanic researchers have placed messages in glass bottles and sent them out to sea. Sometimes they wanted to prove how ocean currents move. Other times important news was shoved into a glass bottle and thrown out as a last resort to let people know of new worlds. And of course, love letters, poems and words of a long-distance…

  9. Public Art Trail gets a boost with three new hires

    Posted by OCVA / February 3, 2020

    An ambitious plan to discover, document and share the Oregon Coast’s wealth of public art is underway again after a two-year hiatus. Three contractors are currently at work for the Oregon Coast Visitors Association, sleuthing out all the public art that exists along the Oregon Coast. Their findings will get distilled into the Oregon Coast Public Art Trail, a self-guided tour that highlights the arts…