News from Oregon Coast Visitor Association and Travel Oregon.

Attend an Oregon Tourism Listening Session in Your Region
Travel Oregon, in partnership with Oregon’s seven Regional Destination Management Organizations (RDMOs), invite you to join one of 10 Oregon Tourism Listening Sessions across the state this spring.

The Oregon Coast Sessions:

April 17th (11:00am – 2:00pm) COAST REGION: Tillamook – Tillamook Bay Community College (4301 3rd St., Tillamook, OR 97141)

May 9th (2:00 – 5:00pm) COAST REGION: Coos Bay – Coos History Museum (1210 N Front St., Coos Bay, OR 97420)

Session attendees will have the chance to meet their RDMO representatives and Travel Oregon employees, learn about and provide input on your region’s 2017-19 plans, as well as the statewide 2019-21 Strategic Plan. All sessions are interactive. Attendees will be invited to partake in small group table exercises, provide input and share opinions.
Pre-registration is requested here.  Sessions are 3 hours; food and beverages will be provided.
To view your region’s current plan and plan progress dashboard, visit the Regional Cooperative Tourism Program (RCTP) page, here.
Read more about the sessions and see the schedule here.
Questions? Email: Kate Sappell at ksappell@TravelOregon.com.

The Oregon Coast Visitor’s Association (OCVA) is the official Regional Destination Management Organization (RDMO) and promotional entity for the Oregon Coast, as designated by the Oregon Tourism Commission, DBA Travel Oregon.  Our association is comprised of Chambers of Commerce, Visitor Centers/Bureau, resource management entities and 100+ (approx) private tourism businesses along Oregon’s 363 miles of coastline. We advocate on behalf of the coastal tourism industry by facilitating industry alignment, coordinating industry management efforts and by engaging in cooperative promotional activities which achieve maximum, measurable benefits for our coastal economy with minimal negative impacts on its quality of life.

Courtesty of Flickr Member Kirt Edblom: https://www.flickr.com/photos/27190564@N02/

FREE Culinary/Ag Tourism Workshop

Increasing sales and visitation to our communities through local food, drink and agricultural experiences–
The South Coast – Reedsport to Brookings Coquille, Myrtle Point & Powers.
Special focus for this event on local providers

Agritourism, Food Trails, Local Food, Seafood, Farms, Breweries etc.

When: Wednesday April 4th 2018 10am-12pm

Location: Pony Village Mall, North Bend, Oregon Rm 155 (Next to Payless Shoes) – Near Winter Indoor Farmers Market
1611 Virginia Ave #201, North Bend, OR 97459 Google Map

Agenda (Subject to Change)

10am

  • Introduction
  • Review of South Coast Rural Tourism Network
  • Review of the Travel Oregon South Coast Rural Tourism Studio and Grant for Agritourism/Eat Fresh and Local
  • Local Seafood & Working Waterfronts

10:40

  • Examples of Agritourism and Tips for Success

11:00

  • The Why and How of “Trail Systems” for increasing visitation – Examples and Food & Beverage

11:30

  • Current Status of the Food Trail effort, how to participate, Q&A

12pm

  • Conclude Workshop Talks – Invitation to visit the local farmers market ( open until 2pm) at Pony Village Mall and Lunch (on your own with new friends)

Speakers

Miles Phillips – Assoc. Professor -Tourism Business Development – OSU Extension/Oregon Sea Grant
Jamie Doyle – Community Development Agent – OSU Extension/Oregon Sea Grant

Registration not required but is helpful for our planning. FREE Event

Register Online To Help Us Plan…Thanks!
Culinary/Ag Tourism Workshop Sign Up

Offered by OSU Extension and Local Partners

Locally Made

Be a Community Ambassador!

The Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee and Oregon’s Adventure Coast have teamed up to sponsor a new program to reward local employees that interact with visitors.

$10 gift cards are being given to the first 100 people to sign up and participate in the program by doing a one hour online program about local visitor information & customer service best practices, i.e. where to shop, eat, sleep and play depending on the visitor interests.

Secret shoppers will then reward participants should they receive good service with a $50 gift card.

Two in person social events will host participants to meet for fun and increase knowledge of the area, including local trivia contest with prizes. Details to be announced through email to participants at the end of March. Tentative plans are for the social event trivia contests to be April 11 and May 2,  6pm -7:30pm. Location to be announce by email.

To sign up go online to http://sowib.org/oac 

Conducted in partnership with Southern Oregon Workforce Investment Board, Coos Bay/North Bend Visitor & Convention Bureau and OSU Extension Tourism Program.