Tourism

New study shows how outdoor recreation in Oregon is a growing and important part of the state’s economic growth and resiliency

February 4, 2021

Travel Oregon, in partnership with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD), the Oregon Office of Outdoor Recreation (OREC), Oregon Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) and Earth Economics, released a new Outdoor Recreation Economic Impact Study that demonstrates the importance of Oregon’s vast range of outdoor recreation opportunities to the state’s economy. The study finds that…

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OSF Hires Amanda Brandes as New Director of Development

February 4, 2021

With a broad funding and strategic planning background, Brandes joins Executive Director David Schmitz and Artistic Director Nataki Garrett in developing vision for a post-Covid OSF, built to thrive for the long term. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival announced January 12th that Amanda Brandes will become its new Director of Development in late January 2021. Brandes…

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Travel Oregon Grants Available

January 29, 2021

Travel Oregon announced the launch of the Destination Ready program to support destination development efforts in advance of summer 2021.  This $250,000 direct investment program offers funding and technical assistance for the development, enhancement and stewardship of key visitor experiences that are COVID-19 appropriate. Eligible entities include local partners focused on recreation, downtown development and culinary or…

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival Delays Reopening of 2020 Season Until September and Lays Off Majority of Staff

April 7, 2020

Announcement 3/27/20: Nation’s flagship repertory theatre will offer a Fall programming schedule and focus on funding The Oregon Shakespeare Festival announced today it will further delay its 85th season until September 8, due to the impact of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. The effect on the organization’s finances has forced OSF to lay off approximately 80%…

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Ashland Independent Film Festival Relaunches as a Three-Week Virtual Festival of 75+ Films to Stream Statewide and Beyond Starting May 22

April 7, 2020

CONTACT:Molly Kreuzman, Communications Coordinator, molly@ashlandfilm.org ASHLAND, OREGON – The Ashland Independent Film Festival announces that its 19th annual edition, originally slated for April 16-20, will be a virtual film festival rescheduled for May 22 – June 14.  AIFF2020 will be hosted online by Film Festival Flix, an innovative digital platform for virtual festivals. It can be accessed on the FilmFestivalFlix.com website or on Film Festival Flix TV…

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Ashland Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Updates

March 19, 2020

Greetings from the Ashland Chamber and Travel Ashland, Information about COVID-19 and resources has been moving rapidly. Here is today’s latest update: Today, Jackson and Josephine Counties have been named in the eligible disaster areas for SBA Disaster Loan Assistance. Though the Governor has yet to designate Oregon an official disaster area, our counties have been included in the California…

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Public Statement From Bettina Hannigan, Executive Director For The Florence Area Chamber Of Commerce.

March 19, 2020

As the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce, we’re all about promoting and advancing the cause of local member businesses and doing all we can to make Florence the best place to live, work, shop, eat, play, and stay.  At the same time, we all need to take the highest level of precaution for the sake…

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Britt Website Receives Significant Upgrade

January 16, 2020

January 16, 2020 MEDFORD, OR –  Britt Music & Arts Festival announces the redesign and significant upgrade of their website that will improve the ability of Britt patrons and fans to purchase tickets and learn about various operations of the non-profit organization. Constructed by web design firm Project A, the new design is constructed on…

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The Myth of Bend’s Timber-to-Tourism Transition

December 3, 2019

by Damon Runberg You may have heard this story before. Bend was a timber town, but after the demise of the timber industry, the regional economy shifted to tourism to replace those timber jobs. The vast ponderosa forests outside of town attracted mills that sustained the town for much of its history. The present location…

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Governor Brown to Promote Oregon Products, Tourism, and Foreign Investment During Trade Mission to Asia

November 6, 2019

Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced details on her upcoming trade mission to Asia to promote foreign investment in Oregon, Oregon goods, and tourism. The Governor will lead the mission in South Korea and Japan from November 5 – 16. “A thriving economy here in Oregon is influenced by markets across the world,” said Governor…

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Florence Chamber Names New Event, Tourism Development Coordinator

October 15, 2019

She came for the healing and stayed for the people she met and opportunities she gained. And now, she’s working to benefit the community that has blessed her with so much. Mitzi Hathaway has journeyed many a path to her new job as the event and tourism development coordinator for the Florence Area Chamber of…

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Florence Wine & Chowder Trail Weekend Expands Offerings, Names Wineries

September 23, 2019

Florence’s annual Wine & Chowder Trail, and Great Glass Float Giveaway, returns to Historic Old Town from October 11 to 13.  The Wine Trail is Saturday, October 12, from noon to 5:00 p.m. Participants can purchase a commemorative wine glass ($5) and tasting tickets ($1 each) at Gazebo Park at the corner of Bay St.…

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