Rural Tourism Studio

  1. RTS workshop in John Day, Oregon. (Image by Path Less Pedaled)
  2. Rural Tourism Studio workshop participants in John Day, Oregon. (Image by Path Less Pedaled)
  3. RTS workshop participants in River Canyon Country.
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Oregon’s Rural Tourism Studio is a robust training program designed to assist rural communities in sustainable tourism development. Travel Oregon hopes the program will increase high-value, authentic experiences for travelers, thereby strengthening Oregon’s position as a premiere North American tourism destination.

The eight-day training includes an overview of the tourism industry, important trends and sustainable tourism best practices. The program helps businesses and organizations develop new tourism products in niche markets specific to their communities, such as cycling tourism, agritourism, outdoor recreation and cultural heritage. The program concludes with training in marketing and project implementation.

Sustainable tourism stimulates local economies, protects and enhances local resources and fosters community pride. Community leaders, tourism entrepreneurs, tour operators, lodging property owners, outdoor recreation enthusiasts, restaurateurs and anyone interested in local tourism can participate in the program.

Graduating communities can apply for up to $10,000 from Travel Oregon’s Matching Grant Program to support the implementation of priority projects.  Download the full program overview.

Oregon’s Rural Tourism Studio in the Media

Rural Tourism Studio In Oregon

  1. Wallowa County

    The Rural Tourism Studio offers skill building, planning and product development workshops to bolster the tourism economy in this region.…

  2. Oakridge Area

    The Rural Tourism Studio offers skill building, planning and product development workshops to bolster the tourism economy in this region.…

  3. John Day River Territory

    The Rural Tourism Studio offers skill building, planning and product development workshops to bolster the tourism economy in this region.…

  4. McKenzie River Valley

    The Rural Tourism Studio offers skill building, planning and product development workshops to bolster the tourism economy in this region.…

  5. South Lincoln County

    The Rural Tourism Studio offers skill building, planning and product development workshops to bolster the tourism economy in this region.…

  6. River Canyon Country

    The Rural Tourism Studio offers skill building, planning and product development workshops to bolster the tourism economy in this region.…

  7. Wild Rivers Coast

    The Rural Tourism Studio offers skill building, planning and product development workshops to bolster the tourism economy in this region.…

  8. Polk County

    The Rural Tourism Studio offers skill building, planning and product development workshops to bolster the tourism economy in this region.…

  9. Rural Tourism Studio Evaluation Reports

    Understanding the impact of our destination development efforts is key to maintaining the effectiveness of our programming. Travel Oregon works…

Want more information about Rural Tourism Studio?

If you have additional questions or comments about Rural Tourism Studio, please contact the appropriate member of the Travel Oregon staff listed below.

  1. Kristin Dahl
  2. Linda Andrews