Partnering together to make Oregon a better place to live and explore
Snow-capped Mount Hood. The wild and windswept coastline. Artisanal wineries, breweries, bakeries and coffee roasters. For adventurers, cultural mavens, foodies, star-gazers and navel-gazers, the state of Oregon has it all.
Since 2009, Travel Oregon and Sustainable Travel International have partnered to develop and implement a range of innovative sustainable tourism initiatives. From one of the first National Geographic Geotourism MapGuides and supporting the establishment of the Rural Tourism Studio program to designing and implementing the Sustainable Business Challenge, this partnership has contributed to making Oregon a leading tourism destination that is recognized for its sustainability, recreation, culture, and access to pristine natural resources.
To ensure that the elements that make Oregon such an outstanding tourist destination remain intact, Sustainable Travel International worked with Travel Oregon to establish the Travel Oregon Forever Fund. Launched in 2012, the Fund drives sustainable tourism development in Oregon by engaging businesses and travelers with projects that improve the natural environment and support local culture.
Every two years, seven new projects are selected to be recipients of the Fund – one from each of Oregon’s seven tourisms regions. Projects are aimed at enhancing the natural environment, supporting communities’ economic vitality, and enriching their appeal as a destination. Current and past beneficiary projects include installing new electric vehicle charging stations at wineries throughout the Willamette Valley, restoring the Oregon-native Olympia oyster in Netarts, developing a new mountain bike trail in Post Canyon, and other impactful projects. The Travel Oregon Forever Fund is the first statewide program of its kind and an exciting way to help make Oregon a better place to live and recreate to ensure that Oregon will forever remain a place we all love to explore.