Stay Home, Save Lives

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, Governor Brown released an Executive Order “Stay Home, Save Lives” on March 23. The policy orders Oregonians to stay in their homes whenever possible and includes stronger language around approved activities and business operations.
Communication resources that help inform the public around this message have been created. We are asking our partners around the state to utilize this messaging to share information on how Oregonians can stay home and save lives. There are two sets of content and assets available. Please use the content that speaks best to your audience.
  • Governor Brown's statewide public awareness campaign is intended for those who are not staying home, as well as thanking essential workers for their service. This material will appear statewide on television, radio, social media and more.
  • The "Stay Home, Save Lives," public service announcement includes social media material that has been translated into eight languages. The main social tiles are updated as new daily messages posted on Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 page.
Additional information is available on Travel Oregon’s COVID-19 toolkit

COVID-19 Related Business Assistance, Opportunities & Resources

State of Oregon COVID-19 Business Impact Survey 
Travel Oregon, in partnership with Business Oregon and Small Business Development Centers, would like to help assess how COVID-19 is impacting businesses. Responses to this survey are confidential and will not be shared publicly, only aggregate information will be shared.

We are requesting impact information from tourism businesses specifically to capture estimated revenue impacts as well as information around canceled events, employee impacts and more.  The intention of this short survey is to serve the needs of businesses impacted by COVID-19. Information gathered by this survey will be vital to policymakers who are working to provide assistance to businesses during this crisis.
Access the survey here. The survey will remain open through April 15.
The CARES Act, the largest economic relief package in U.S. history, was recently passed and provides multiple resources for economic support for the tourism industry. U.S. Travel has compiled guidance on what the different parts of the CARES Act means for you and your business. They also provide clear guidance on eligibility around available resources.
Many of these resources are time sensitive so please be sure to redistribute this content to your partners, read through the materials and if applicable apply for the programs your business needs as soon as possible. For example, the Payroll Protection Loan application opens April 3 and the SBA advises that all businesses should “apply as quickly as you can because there is a funding cap."
Research Updates
In order to help share information around how COVID-19 is impacting the travel industry, Travel Oregon’s research team is compiling state and national data on a weekly basis to share with external partners. Information provided will include, but is not limited to:
  • Weekly Smith Travel Research (STR) reports with year over year changes in Average Daily Rate (ADR), Revenue Per Available Room (RevPAR), and Occupancy
  • Portland International Airport Daily Passenger Throughput
  • Sparkloft MEDIA social media sentiment findings
  • Third party research such as Destination Analyst’s findings about Coronavirus’ Impact on American Travel behavior, etc. 
Access the data report. This report will be updated weekly and available through the COVID-19 Toolkit

Research related questions can be directed to

Recording of the March 31 Oregon Tourism Commission Special Meeting

On March 31 the Oregon Tourism Commission held a special virtual meeting. To adhere to Governor Brown’s directive on social distancing measures, this meeting was live-streamed. Due to technical difficulties, not all viewers were able to access the live meeting. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we utilized the live stream capabilities and this platform for the first time.
We invite you to listen to the full meeting or watch the recording which starts approximately five minutes into the meeting. 
Please direct questions to

Oregon Rural Tourism Conference Postponed

Travel Oregon has postponed the Oregon Rural Tourism Conference (originally scheduled for April 26-28).
We are working closely with Sunriver Resort and Visit Central Oregon on rescheduling and have created a Frequently Asked Questions section on the conference website to keep attendees updated with the latest information. 
For additional event postponements, cancellations and upcoming webinars, please visit Travel Oregon's industry events page.  
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