The Oregon Tourism Fee, dba Journey Oregon has awarded $2,408,124 by way of its Aggressive & Restoration Grant Program to assist financial restoration by investing in initiatives that improve and increase the customer expertise and put together communities and guests for COVID-19 protected journey. For this grant cycle, Journey Oregon obtained greater than 400 purposes with a request better than $18 million.
“These initiatives instantly assist Oregon’s tourism economic system, from iconic Oregon points of interest just like the Oregon Shakespeare Competition, to outside path improvement, to retrofitting outside occasions to satisfy public well being requirements,” mentioned Todd Davidson, CEO of Journey Oregon. “Many of those entities have been closed or have been unable to carry their occasion within the final yr due to Covid. Our aim is to assist these companies, occasions and points of interest as they function safely, restore vibrancy and create financial stability in communities throughout the state.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted Oregon’s tourism economic system. Dean Runyan & Associates’ preliminary Financial Influence of Journey in Oregon report finds that in 2020, employment associated to journey declined by 22.1 % and that complete journey spending declined 49.5 % from $12.8 billion in 2019 to $6.5 billion. Journey Oregon has developed quite a lot of packages to assist restoration in tourism-related and supported industries as a part of the state’s bigger financial restoration technique.
For extra info on Journey Oregon’s grants program go to: industry.traveloregon.com/grants.
The Aggressive & Restoration Grant awardees embody:
Adventures With out Limits ($15,000) to reinforce its on-line reserving know-how and modify configuration of watercrafts to maximise spacing between company.
Metropolis of Lincoln Metropolis ($11,430) for elevated wayfinding and interpretive signage to extend customer use and engagement on native trails.
Metropolis of Seaside Guests Bureau ($14,000) to put in interpretive signage alongside Seaside’s historic promenade.
Tillamook County Fairgrounds ($5,639) for wayfinding signage, occasion info and security messaging.
Tillamook County Pioneer Museum ($1,430) for path enhancements and signage substitute at Kilchis Level.