– OREGON RURAL TOURISM STUDIO PROGRAM –

Travel Oregon’s Rural Tourism Studio for the Southern Oregon Coast is holding a series of workshops and networking events. This program is designed to help boost the tourism economy on the South Coast.

“Sustainable tourism can stimulate the local economy, protect and enhance local resources, and foster community pride. Community leaders, tourism entrepreneurs, tour operators, lodging property owners, outdoor recreation enthusiasts, restaurateurs and anyone with an interest in strengthening the local economy through tourism are invited to participate in the program.”

For more information and to register for this informative series, click on the link below to go to Travel Oregon’s website.

2017 COMMUNITY EVENTS & WORKSHOPS:

  • Community Tourism Visioning Event
    • Tuesday, Jan. 24 | 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. | North Bend
  • Community Tourism Planning Workshop
    • Wednesday, Jan. 25 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | North Bend
  • Adventure Travel & Outdoor Recreation Networking Event
    • Tuesday, Feb. 21 | 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Charleston
  • Adventure Travel & Outdoor Recreation Workshop
    • Wednesday, Feb. 22 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Charleston
  • Culinary & Agritourism Networking Event
    • Tuesday, Mar. 21 | 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Bandon
  • Culinary & Agritourism Workshop
    • Wednesday, Mar. 22 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Bandon
  • Tourism Marketing and Communications Workshop
    • Tuesday, Apr. 18 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | North Bend
  • Teaming for Impact & Action Planning Workshop
    • Wednesday, Apr. 19 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | North Bend
  • Community Celebration
    • Wednesday, Apr. 19 | 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Coos Bay

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RTS Jan 24thA community that undertakes a community tourism visioning session is embarking on an important and powerful pathway. The visioning session will help identify the fundamental essence and ‘sense of place’ of the location. This essence is the tourism motivator that captures visitors’ imaginations and draws people to the destination. This session is an opportunity to shape the future and galvanize community members in working toward the fulfillment of a common purpose. The format will be a “Think Tank” workshop. This session is open to any and all who have a stake in the future of the region. Find out More Details on the Travel Oregon Website!
RTS Jan 25thTourism has a significant economic impact in rural Oregon counties. This interactive session will set the stage for sustainable tourism development (tourism that sustains and enhances the region) and provide participants with relevant industry information for developing a sound local plan for tourism. Participants will take a close look at current trends in travel, identify target markets, map community tourism assets, and set a clear direction for a positive future in this industry that builds on the vision created the night before. Find out More Details on the Travel Oregon Website!
RTS Feb 22ndThis will be a fun, casual networking opportunity to hear from influencers in the region who are developing adventure travel and outdoor recreation projects or business ventures. Come learn about the latest initiatives that are sure to shape the future of this sector of the region’s economy. You’ll have a chance to get to know others who are working in this arena while enjoying a taste of local food and beverages. People who plan to attend the Adventure Travel and Outdoor Recreation Workshop are strongly encouraged to attend this networking event as the workshop will build upon information shared during this event. This event is free and open to the public. Appetizers and a no-host bar will be provided. Find out More Details on the Travel Oregon Website!
RTS Feb 22ndTravel demand for nature-based, outdoor recreation experiences has steadily been on the rise, particularly in regions abundant with natural assets. Adventure travel is one of the fastest growing segments in the travel industry globally. This workshop will explore world-class examples of other outdoor recreation and adventure travel destinations to inspire new thinking, examine how the region can evolve to meet the growing demands of the adventure traveler while addressing issues of sustainability and seasonality. Come be a part of the discovery and get inspired with new ideas to evolve and improve this aspect of the region’s economy. Includes light breakfast and lunch. Find out More Details on the Travel Oregon Website!
RTS March 21stThis will be a fun, casual networking opportunity to hear from movers and shakers who are developing culinary and agritourism opportunities, projects or business ventures. Come learn about the latest initiatives that are sure to shape the future of this sector of the economy. You’ll have a chance to get to know others who are working in this arena while enjoying a taste of local food and beverages. People who plan to attend the Culinary & Agritourism Workshop are strongly encouraged to attend this networking event as the workshop will build upon information shared during this event. This event is free and open to the public. Appetizers and a no-host bar will be provided. Location: Bandon. Find out More Details on the Travel Oregon Website!
RTS March 22How do you provide engaging opportunities for visitors to experience your local food and farm experiences? Culinary and agricultural tourism have great potential for improving the economic viability of regions with agricultural roots. Whether it’s visiting a working farm, eating a meal with locally raised ingredients, engaging in a salmon bake, or learning how to cook or cure local foods your way – this style of experiential tourism is booming, particularly in rural areas of the world. Do you or your community have a business that could offer or expand a culinary and agricultural experience? How can we better connect our farms and restaurants to keep value local? This workshop is for people who are interested in our local food system and offer experiences like farm visits, instruction on local fishing or harvesting, farm stands, tasting rooms, restaurants or experiential agricultural tours. $5 per person per workshop. Includes light breakfast and lunch. Let’s design a world-class experience around our unique food system! Location: Bandon
Join us to learn:
• What is going on in other parts of the world in these growing niches
• Which regions have been successful and why
• Who our market is and how to tap into them.
Find out More Details on the Travel Oregon Website!
RTS April 18thJoin us for an active, inspiring day of marketing training and planning for your individual business or destination, and for the region as a whole. We’ll discuss Visitor Lifecycle Management (VLM) and explore opportunities and resources associated with each step of the cycle. In addition, we’ll define the potential you have to interact and engage with the visitor as a business owner or as part of the region while aligning marketing efforts to support resource efficiency and regional awareness. This session will also tap into partnership opportunities with Travel Oregon and others in the region. $5 per person. Includes light breakfast and lunch. Location: North Bend. Find out More Details on the Travel Oregon Website!
RTS April 19thThe distance between your region’s vision and its reality is called, “action.” This day is all about laying the final groundwork and jumping into action feet first alongside other motivated community members. During this workshop, you and others in your region will work together to establish local action teams and begin developing priority projects in line with the region’s 15-year vision for tourism. Participants will implement strategies to form well-structured teams (of individuals, groups or organizations) in order to increase a project’s success and sustainability. Participants who attended prior workshops are strongly encouraged to attend this results-oriented session. Get ready to roll up your sleeves, get engaged, and move to action. $5 per person per workshop. Includes light breakfast and lunch. Location: North Bend. Find out More Details on the Travel Oregon Website!
RTS April 19thPlan on attending the Community Tourism Celebration with your friends, family and colleagues. Graduates will be awarded certificates of completion and the new community tourism vision, action teams, and priority projects will be shared with the community. Please make sure to extend the invitation to other movers and shakers from the region! This will be an important event to transition from training to community action. This event is free and open to the public. Registration required. Light appetizers and no-host bar provided. Location: Coos Bay. Find out More Details on the Travel Oregon Website!

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