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  1. Fall meetings not to miss

    Posted by OCVA / October 11, 2019

    It’s that time of year. The days have grown shorter, the temperatures are cooler and the crowds have gone home for the season. It’s time to slow down, take a breath and regroup. Just in time for this period of comparative calm, we’ve got a host of informative industry meetings to help Coast businesses prepare for next year. Here’s what not to miss this fall.…

  2. ORLA launches tourism academy and advocacy network

    Posted by OCVA / October 11, 2019

    Oregon’s nonprofit hospitality industry advocate Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association (ORLA) has announced the launch of its first Oregon Tourism Leadership Academy (OTLA) to take place in 2020. The annual program, which is only the second of its kind in the nation, aims to improve the leadership skills of public and private sector tourism professionals and support the ongoing success of Oregon’s tourism economy.  “We…

  3. Maritime exhibit spotlights Oregon’s sustainable fisheries

    Posted by OCVA / October 11, 2019

    Local Oceans owner Laura Anderson has always wanted people to know where their food comes from.  “When we started the restaurant, we wanted to showcase the best of the Coast by sourcing as locally as possible and preparing dishes that highlight our local species.” That’s why before you order at her restaurant and fish market, fittingly located across from the docks at Newport, you can…

  4. New marketing coordinator has a passion to promote the Coast

    Posted by OCVA / October 11, 2019

    The thing about the Oregon Coast, says Zak Shelhamer, is the more you get to know it, the more there is to know. “When you first drive by you feel like you’re experiencing something new but you also feel like you know it. As you do that same drive, new, hidden gems are revealed to you every day. I’m always taken aback by them,” Shelhamer…

  5. South Coast gears up for Live Culture Coast Oct. 18-27

    Posted by OCVA / August 7, 2019

    The South Coast’s quiet shoulder season is about to get livelier with the debut of Live Culture Coast October 18 through October 27.  This ten-day, choose-your-own-adventure will include 50 designated experiences along a 135-mile stretch between Reedsport and Brookings. Each stop will highlight an experience that allows visitors to engage in the food, drink, art, culture or outdoor recreation of the South Coast region. Events…

  6. OCVA opens Strategic Investment Fund grant applications

    Posted by OCVA / August 7, 2019

    On July 1, the Oregon Coast Visitors Association (OCVA) opened applications for its annual Strategic Investment Fund. The grant funding, which comes from state-allocated Regional Cooperative Tourism Program funds, is in its third year. This year a total of $163,810 is available for projects along the Oregon Coast with a priority for projects requesting around  $10,000. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until…

  7. Coast sees shifting trends in global travel

    Posted by OCVA / August 7, 2019

    Is the Coast prepared for new trends in global travel? The answer, quite simply, is yes.  International visitors have distinct travel habits, and the Coast is uniquely poised to give them what they’re looking for. These are two clear takeaways OCVA’s Katera Woodbridge brought back from her globetrotting to international tradeshows this season. As head of OCVA’s Global Sales and Marketing department, Woodbridge attended travel…

  8. People’s Coast Summit kicks off October 7-8

    Posted by OCVA / August 7, 2019

    As the busy summer season winds down, organizers are gearing up for the annual People’s Coast Summit — an invigorating gathering of coastal stakeholders that will be held in Garibaldi October 7 and 8. Now in its fourth year, the People’s Coast Summit, hosted by the Oregon Coast Visitors Association (OCVA), will include a series of workshops and speakers intended to support small business owners and…

  9. Florence and Gold Beach win Main Street grants

    Posted by OCVA / June 14, 2019

    In May, the Central and South Coast towns of Gold Beach and Florence won 2019 Oregon Main Street Revitalization grants from Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation. Gold Beach was awarded $166,695 toward its Historic Ellensburg Avenue Exterior Preservation Project. Florence won a matching grant of more than $69,000 to be used to rehabilitate the historic Kyle Building in Old Town Florence.…