Industry News, February 27, 2023
Industry News, February 27, 2023
February 27, 2023                                                                                                                                                         

Governor's Conference Keynote Speakers Announced

Celebrated restaurateur and author, Will Guidara is set to headline the Oregon Governor’s Conference on Tourism’s opening breakfast to share his decades of hospitality lessons. Guidara’s formal training in hospitality led him to serve as the general manager of the acclaimed New York City restaurant Eleven Madison Park. Guidara and business partner, Daniel Humm later purchased Eleven Madison Park which went on to be number one on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2017. Guidara’s latest book, "Unreasonable Hospitality: The Remarkable Power of Giving People More Than They Expect," was released in 2022.
Award-winning travel blogger, Cory Lee will take the stage Tuesday afternoon to share his experience as a wheelchair user and travels to all seven continents. Cory’s blog Curb Free with Cory Lee shares more than tips on how to travel. He also writes about why travel is important as a person with a disability. As part of Lee’s trip to Oregon, he plans to check snow skiing off his bucket list with Oregon Adaptive Sports.
We’re looking forward to hearing from our speakers at the conference and hope to see you there.
Please note that this year’s conference will not feature live streaming of keynotes or breakout sessions.  Some material may be available after the conference, but this is subject to change.

    Last Call: Take the Stakeholder Survey by March 2

    Travel Oregon recently launched a stakeholder survey and wants to hear directly from those who work in or interact with Oregon’s tourism industry.
    Information collected through the survey will help Travel Oregon and regional partners determine strategic direction, make funding and programmatic decisions in marketing, grants, tourism-related infrastructure, visitor management and more. Survey results will be shared on Travel Oregon’s industry site and through this newsletter in March 2023.
    Please take the survey and share with your networks. 

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        Funding Available for Transportation Projects to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

        A new federal Carbon Reduction Program is expected to bring Oregon $82 million over five years to support transportation projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Of that funding, $13 million is available in 2023 under an ODOT-managed competitive grant program for “small urban and rural” projects. Eligible projects must reduce emissions from transportation and be in urban and rural areas of the state with populations fewer than 200,000.
        Examples of eligible projects include: public transit, bike infrastructure improvements, low-emission vehicles or fuels, and intelligent transportation systems.
        Counties, cities, tribal governments, and local and state transportation agencies are eligible.
        Applications are open Feb. 28 - May 31, 2023.
        Visit the Carbon Reduction Program webpage to learn more about the program and how to apply for funding.

          Oregon Tourism Commission Meeting Recording and Materials Available

          Last week, the Oregon Tourism Commission meeting was held in Salem and livestreamed on Travel Oregon’s industry YouTube channel. The livestream recording is available to view online. All meeting materials and presentations are available here.

          The next Oregon Tourism Commission meeting is planned for April 3 at the Oregon Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Portland. Please direct questions to  
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