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Oregon Tourism: Creating Meaningful Jobs

On March 3, 2016 Oregon lawmakers passed HB4146, increasing the state transient lodging tax from 1 to 1.8 percent for four years effective July 1, 2016 and then effective July 1,2020 reduces the state transient lodging tax from 1.8 to 1.5 percent. Thanks to the passage of HB4146, Oregon’s annual marketing budget is now ranked 14th in the nation. Before the passage of the 2003 Oregon Tourism Investment Proposal, Oregon’s annual marketing budget ranked 47th in the nation. The legislation directs 20 percent of the state transient lodging tax to a Regional Cooperative Tourism Program and 10 percent of the state transient lodging tax to a competitive grants program.