Travel Oregon is actively laying the groundwork as the state gears up for the economy. They expect tourism to lead the way. The agency has established a multi-million-dollar suite of investments to aid the tourism industry. They serve as the state tourism office.
Travel Oregon Gives Award
Through its Competitive & Recovery Grants Program, the state’s tourism commission is awarding up to $2.3 million. It will fund necessary infrastructure projects across the state. Moreover, this would include wayfinding signage to the creation of outdoor public spaces for people to sit, eat, drink, and patronizing businesses safely. Then, on Wednesday, March 31th, the applications are due by 5 p.m.
Enhancing the Visitor Experience
Encouraging to apply are local governments, port districts, federally recognized tribes, nonprofits, and Oregon-basing tour operators, guides, and outfitters looking to enhance the visitor experience. However, on April 30th, award decisions will be announcing. Moreover, this is Travel Oregon’s second huge investment in 2021. It following forth a $913,000 Destination Ready program which was announcing last month. However, it awarding the grant funding to 34 projects that are focusing on the development, enhancement, and stewardship of important visitor experiences that are COVID-19 related.
Oregon’s Economic Recovery
“A vital component of Oregon’s economic recovery is tourism; the investments of Travel Oregon’s are strategically and creative basing that address the needs targeting to our state. However, they do improve small, local businesses and communities that have handled the brunt of the COVID-related impacts, said Todd Davidson, Travel Oregon CEO.
Travel is Possible in the Next Six Months
“Now, is the time to invest. In fact, more than 80% of Oregonians are making plans to travel within the next six months. Therefore, it is essential that we aid communities in being the position to welcome visitors safely.”
The value of small-group moving is a means to bolster safe travel. This recognizes the anticipated popularity. Funding a new program called “Why Guides” is through Travel Oregon. It is a guide/outfitter registry to help promote local outdoor recreation services and experiences in communities throughout the state. This includes fly fishing the Metolius River to wine tasting tours in the Willamette Valley. In early April, The Why Guides registry will open on Travel Oregon’s industry website.