Organization

The Oregon Tourism Commission, doing business as Travel Oregon, is a semi-independent agency created by the Oregon Legislature in 2003 to enhance Oregonians’ quality of life by strengthening economic impacts of the state’s $11.3 billion tourism industry.

The Travel Oregon team develops and implements a biennial strategic plan which includes advertising and marketing, publication development, cooperative promotions, consumer fulfillment, public relations, international marketing, tourism product development, State Welcome Centers, research, industry relations and a programmatic organization chart. Travel Oregon cooperates extensively with local communities, industry associations, government agencies, and private businesses in the implementation of its strategic plan.

A nine-member board appointed by the Governor, the Oregon Tourism Commission governs the Travel Oregon staff and programs; the agency is funded by a 1.8% statewide transient lodging tax.