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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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.…

  6. Wheeler’s Salmonberry Saloon lands James Beard certification

    Posted by OCVA / June 14, 2019

    The Salmonberry Saloon has a lot to celebrate. This spring the Wheeler-based restaurant saw its first anniversary along with an award from the James Beard Foundation. Salmonberry Saloon is the first restaurant on the Oregon Coast and the only Oregon restaurant outside of Portland to be named a “Smart Catch Leader” by the national culinary organization. The James Beard Smart Catch program, a national educational…

  7. Partnership explores spreading Washed Ashore message Coast-wide

    Posted by OCVA / June 14, 2019

    Teaching visitors who love the Coast how to love the Coast better. That’s the goal of an exploratory effort between Bandon-based Washed Ashore and the Oregon Coast Visitors Association (OCVA). Launched this spring, the initiative is looking to expand Washed Ashore’s mission for educating visitors about the impact of marine debris into a Coast-wide initiative. This spring the two organizations held meetings in several coastal…

  8. OCVA bids farewell to South Coast RARE member

    Posted by OCVA / June 14, 2019

    As she wraps up her second term of Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) service for the Oregon Coast Visitors Association (OCVA) this month, Elizabeth Gronert leaves behind success in tourism development and takes with her an abiding love for Oregon Coast cuisine. “Fish tacos from Tony’s Crab Shack in Bandon — I could eat them at least once a week,” says Gronert, OCVA South…

  9. Oregon Coast Receives Trio of Governor’s Tourism Awards

    Posted by OCVA / April 22, 2019

    Destination development initiatives from the North, Central and South Coast were recognized at the 2019 Oregon Governor’s Conference in April. South Coast Regional Tourism Network was awarded the Oregon Tourism Innovative Partnership Award. The cities on the Southern Oregon Coast – from Brookings to Reedsport and inland through the Oregon Coast Range – are breaking new ground when it comes to partnerships and collaboration.  They are doing…