March 10 Industry Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Travel Oregon Economic Recovery Efforts
    At the Feb. 23 public meeting, following a strategic review of the current revenue forecast and economic trends, the Oregon Tourism Commission approved a staff recommendation to immediately modify Travel Oregon’s biennial budget to invest in direct relief to tourism industry partners. With so many in Oregon’s travel and tourism industry still facing the impacts of COVID-19, the approved budget modification provides $4.5 million in real and immediate relief in the following ways:

    • $1.2 million for the Regional Cooperative Tourism Program and Grants (statute directs 30% of Travel Oregon’s revenue towards these programs).
    • Additional funds for Destination Ready projects and grants, increasing the awarded amount from $250,000 to $913,000, which were awarded on Feb. 25.
    • $1.5 million to regional recovery and stability programs through the Regional Destination Management Organizations.
    • An additional $1 million to the Competitive & Recovery Grants, increasing the available funds from $1.3 to $2.3 million. This opportunity opens statewide on March 15.
  • Access Past Webinars
  • Reminder: Competitive & Recovery Grants Open March 15
  • Federal COVID-19 Relief – The American Rescue Plan Act

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