Industry Stories

  1. Forever Fund Businesses Partners Promote Travel Philanthropy

    Posted by OCVA / February 13, 2019

    The Travel Oregon Forever Fund provides residents and visitors to Oregon an opportunity to give back to projects that make Oregon a better place to live and travel. Launched in 2012, the Forever Fund has raised more than $200,000 in support of 28 Forever Fund Projects in Oregon. This volunteer-based program is a fit for any business seeking to support community projects that directly impact…

  2. OCVA Introduces Oregon Coast to Global Audiences 

    Posted by OCVA / February 13, 2019

    If you were to sneak a peek at Katera Woodbridge’s calendar for the next couple of months, you might get a hint of jealousy. A week in Australia followed by a week in New Zealand. Then, she’s off to Vancouver, BC, before flying to Berlin. Sound dreamy? Look at little closer, and you’ll see dozens of appointments, amounting to 12- to 16-hour work days. “It’s…

  3. Ocean Friendly Restaurants Reduce Plastic at the Source

    Posted by OCVA / February 13, 2019

    Plastic is everywhere—in the containers we eat from, the cars we drive, the clothes we wear and more. Each year, up to 13 million tons of plastic waste ends up in our rivers, lakes, coastlines and oceans. Most of it starts out on land as litter on our beaches and sidewalks and is eventually swept into storm drains, creeks, streams and rivers that lead to…

  4. A New Way to Introduce Guests to Oregon’s Marine Reserves

    Posted by OCVA / February 13, 2019

    Oregon’s Marine Reserves are areas within our coastal nearshore waters dedicated to conservation and scientific research.Oregon’s five marine reserves — Cape Falcon, Cape Perpetua, Cascade Head, Otter Rock, and Redfish Rocks — have distinct habitats and biological characteristics. Visitors are welcome to explore tidepools, go for a paddle, and take hikes along the shoreline of marine reserves, yet many people don’t know how to access…

  5. OCVA helps mobilize trail volunteers

    Posted by OCVA / December 7, 2018

    As destination development projects go, the nearly 400-mile Oregon Coast Trail (OCT) is pretty ideal. It has all the elements to become a world-class destination for thru-hikers, and just as much appeal to day hikers. It’s much shorter than some other long-distance hiking routes such as the Pacific Crest Trail, making it more attainable to people with less time. And its breathtaking views rival that…

  6. OCVA Responds to Workforce Needs

    Posted by OCVA / December 7, 2018

    Developing and retaining the workforce is a primary need along the Coast. To better learn what businesses along the Coast need and how they prefer to receive help with training employees, OCVA in June 2018 partnered with Oregon Sea Grant/Oregon State University (OSU) Extension to fund a workforce needs assessment survey. The survey garnered 186 responses from employers along the entire Coast. Respondents represented a…

  7. Survey reveals perspectives on tourism

    Posted by OCVA / December 7, 2018

    Travel Oregon in early November released the findings of the latest Oregon Tourism Engagement Survey, which provides valuable insights from tourism industry stakeholders throughout the state. Their responses provide guidance and perspective on priorities for future investments from Regional Destination Management Organizations, such as the Oregon Coast Visitors Association (OCVA). “The information we glean from this annual survey helps OCVA determine whether our marketing and destination…

  8. Many Ways to Engage in Outdoor Recreation Opportunities

    Posted by OCVA / October 15, 2018

    It’s no secret that Oregon’s public lands and open spaces are one of its biggest assets. Of the 26.4 million overnight visitors to Oregon last year, 33 percent participated in an outdoor recreation activity during their stay. This equates to nearly 9 million people, 67 percent higher than the national average. While some towns such as Bend, Portland and Newport already benefit greatly from the…

  9. Waldport Welcomes Scenic Drivers

    Posted by OCVA / October 15, 2018

    Getting to the Oregon Coast is an experience in and of itself. Most routes to the Coast include a scenic drive along a rushing river, over the Coast Range, by historic landmarks, and through quaint towns. Yet some are more celebrated than others. Community leaders in Waldport hope that visitors will consider Marys Peak to Pacific, a meandering 72-mile route along the Alsea River between Corvallis…

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