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World Athletics Championships Hosted in Eugene, July 15-24

This summer, Eugene, Oregon will host the World Athletics Championships Oregon22, one of the largest sporting events in the world, with approximately 2,000 athletes from more than 200 nations competing for 49 gold medals. For the first time in history, the event will be hosted in the U.S. Today, Governor Brown held a press conference to discuss how the state is preparing to host the championships at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon. Watch the recording here.
An industry-facing toolkit has been developed to provide additional information, resources, broadcast-quality b-roll and hi-res images, as well as inspirational trip ideas and media contact information.
Questions can be directed to Jaime Eder, Industry Communications Manager at Travel Oregon.

    Governor's Conference on Tourism Virtual Attendee Options, March 14-16

    Given the high demand to attend in-person and to accommodate for individual comfort levels of attendees, nearly all conference content will be livestreamed. Attendees will have the opportunity to stream keynote and breakout sessions via Zoom. There is no cost to attend the conference virtually. Recordings will be available at a later date.
    Visit the conference website to browse the times of sessions including the 2021 Travel & Tourism Industry Achievement Awards on Monday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m.  Educational sessions start Tuesday, March 15 at 8:30 a.m. and end Wednesday, March 16 at 2 p.m.
    Virtual attendee agendas can be viewed below:

      Application Period Open for the Office of Outdoor Recreation Advisory Council

      In the 2021 legislative session a new governor-appointed advisory council was created to lead statewide outdoor recreation policy efforts and guide the Office of Outdoor Recreation in efforts to enhance the personal, community and economic benefits of outdoor recreation for all Oregonians. 
      The council will be comprised of a mix of private industry, non-profit, government and interested members of the public – this opportunity to serve is now open for applications, seeking members of the public interested in serving a three-year term.
      The group will begin meeting in spring 2022, with an anticipated bimonthly schedule to start. Per diem compensation will be available to income-qualified members who are not employed full-time in public service. 
      Full details on composition and duties of the Outdoor Recreation Advisory Council can be viewed hereApply here 

        Take the Oregon Talent Assessment Survey 2022

        In partnership with the Oregon Workforce and Talent Development, Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) is conducting a talent assessment to gather industry input on key workforce development issues. Responses provide critical business and industry perspective on the workforce landscape and opportunities for improvement.  
        Survey questions are asked as they relate to your firm, company or organization. Responses will be confidential, and all questions are optional. We expect the survey to take less than 10 minutes, and you can chart your progress by the bar on the bottom of the page.
        Your feedback will be extremely valuable to HECC as they determine how to best support employers, students, and workers in Oregon. HECC is hoping to reach employers in 11 key Oregon sectors (includes leisure & hospitality and food & beverage) to understand your experiences with hiring and retaining staff, and your perspectives on skill shortages, community conditions that impact hiring, and other pressing workforce management issues.  
        Please take the survey by March 13.
        Direct questions to Kendra Lodewick.

          MMGY Global Webinar | Vistas Latinas Study, March 29

          Did you know the Hispanic domestic travel market accounted for 13% of all U.S. leisure travel and $113.9 billion in visitor spending in 2019?
          Join Travel Oregon, Travel Southern Oregon, and MMGY Global for the first of a two-part series digging deeper into the recent Vistas Latinas study from MMGY Global.
          This comprehensive report reveals and reaffirms the importance Hispanic travelers place on representation in travel marketing and the power of travel to connect with family and culture.
          Learn more about the webinar, meet the panelists and register here.

            Steps to Success Workshop, March 31

            Join Travel Oregon on March 31, 10–11:30 a.m. (PST) for Step 3, Product Development and Working with International Inbound Operators Operationally of the IITA Steps to Success International Inbound Travel Training Program. This webinar focuses on the ‘end result’ and having product that travel trade and inbound operators can begin selling.  We also set you up for success with having systems in place, internal policies, and smooth operational practices to accommodate travel trade business. During this session you will give thought to which visitor types (FIT, Group, and/or DMC events) you want to work with and walk away with a better understanding of travel trade selling methods and their sales cycle.
            Register here.

              Oregon Tourism Commission Meeting, March 14

              The next Oregon Tourism Commission meeting is March 14 at Sunriver Resort during the Oregon Governor’s Conference on Tourism. Meeting materials are available here. The meeting will be in-person and livestreamed on Travel Oregon’s Industry YouTube channel. For those attending in person, full compliance with all CDC and Oregon Health Authority guidelines will be in effect.
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