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

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.

Innovative and Promising Practices in Sustainable Tourism

Call for Case Studies

 Editors: Nicole Vaugeois, Miles Phillips, Doug Arbogast and Patrick Brouder

Case studies are a valuable way to synthesize and share lessons learned to create new knowledge and enhanced applications in practice.  The National Extension Tourism (NET) Design Team is inviting submissions of case studies that highlight innovative and promising practices in sustainable tourism. The intent of the volume is to provide an opportunity for academics, extension professionals, industry stakeholders and community practitioners to reflect, discuss and share the innovative approaches that they have taken to develop sustainable tourism in a variety of different contexts. Innovative and promising practices are defined as any unique, modern approaches, strategies or techniques that have been used to address current issues, opportunities or trends in tourism.

The intended audiences for these case studies include faculty and students in tourism related academic programs who will benefit from having access to current case studies that highlight how various stakeholders are approaching common issues, opportunities and trends in tourism.  The second audience includes extension agents and practitioners who will benefit from having a platform to either share their own innovative practices or gain insight from the lessons learned in other case study contexts.

The volume will be shared widely via the National Extension Tourism website as a free, downloadable resource for faculty, students and practitioners.  The volume is expected to be released by March 2019 and will be shared at the 2019 National Extension Tourism Conference to be held in Oregon in 2019. This is a peer reviewed publication opportunity which will published by VIU Press as an open access publication.

If you are interested in being a reviewer for this publication, please contact one of the members of the editorial team.

Case study criteria:

  • Be related to the design, development or management of tourism with a focus on sustainability (linked to economic, environment, equity or education principles of sustainability);
  • Identify an issue, opportunity or trend in tourism and factors that have contributed to its existence;
  • Provide background information on the innovators – the organization(s) or stakeholders involved;
  •  Identify an innovation in tourism such as new practices, models, paradigms, processes, projects or partnerships that were used to address an issue, capitalize or mitigate a trend, or opportunity;
  • Demonstrate how research or evidence was used in practice;
  • Discuss the impact, implications and lessons learned in the case;
  • Be between 3,000 to 5,000 words, not including support materials such as tables, pictures, etc.

Expressions of interest should:

  • Include the names, institutional affiliation, contact information, bios (max 200 words) and photos of all authors;
  • Address the case study criteria in an 800-1000 word proposal and describe the value of the case study for academic and non-academic audiences.
  • Be submitted by May 30th, 2018 via email to the Editorial Team via Nicole Vaugeois at

 Editorial Team
Nicole L. Vaugeois
Associate Vice-President, Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity
Vancouver Island University

Miles Phillips
Associate Professor
Oregon State University Extension

Doug Arbogast
Rural Tourism Specialist
West Virginia University Extension Service

Patrick Brouder
Simon Fraser University



Courtesty of Flickr Member Kirt Edblom:

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)


  • 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


  • Examples of Agritourism and Tips for Success


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


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


  • 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)


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