Tourism News

Future proposals on local room tax changes need lodging industry involvement in conversation

An increase in the statewide lodging tax from 1 percent to 1.8 percent, effective July 1, 2016, will be the new rate for the next four years. After four years, the statewide lodging tax will decrease to 1.5 percent on July 1, 2020. The law requires Travel Oregon to invest 10 percent of the statewide lodging tax into a competitive grant program to support tourism efforts throughout the state as well as 20 percent in regional marketing programs that are administered by industry partners.

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Tourism investment realized with state lodging tax increase

Over the course of the coming months, the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association (ORLA) will be holding regional meetings throughout the state regarding developments to increase the statewide lodging tax. If it passes, the revenues pave the way for stronger, more comprehensive tourism investments to put Oregon on the international map.

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City of Newberg to implement TRT increase

Newberg has put into play an increase in its lodging tax in an effort to help pay for public safety. The initial proposal of three percent was going to take away money from tourism, however, after ORLA clarified the appropriate use of the funds, City Council revised it's plan. The TRT will increase incrementally, at 1.5 percent effective this fall.

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Protecting tourism money during budget crisis

As counties look to find money to scrape by during the tough economic times, some are targeting tourism dollars to supplement their budget restraints. While ORLA understands that this is an issue of funding various county services, counties must not lose sight of tourism’s vitality to the future of their economies.

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Film & video tax incentives result in win-win for economy

We, like most in the lodging industry, benefit from business travel, conferences and events, and tourism. When a film or television company makes the decision to produce their production in Oregon, they are often making the decision to spend millions of dollars throughout our state, and there is no doubt that a significant amount of that money coming into our state gets spent on the restaurant and lodging industry.

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