Happy Holidays from All of Us at the WCVA

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All of us at the WCVA wish all of you a happy holiday season. Your partnership is very valuable to us and we hope to see brighter days in the new year. (Our office will be closed December 24-January 3) Cheers to 2021!

Hotel Performance December 5-19

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COVID-19 has directly affected the hotel industry throughout the United States, and Washington County is no exception. This time of year traditionally is a “soft” period for area hotels. However, we are still seeing decreases directly tied to the decrease in business and leisure travel due…

New COVID Recovery Tools for Hospitality

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Congress unveiled its $900 billion bill for short-term economic relief for businesses affected by COVID-19. Several items will benefit restaurants and lodging establishments. The federal plan announced today targets restaurant relief with provisions including: Enhanced PPP Loan Size: The PPP provides a business with…

November Hotel Performance

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According to STR, which provides premium data benchmarking, analytics and marketplace insights for global hospitality sectors, Washington County’s hotel occupancy in November 2020, is still being negatively affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The occupancy level for the year (to date) is 45.4, a 37.6%…

Hotel Performance November 29-December 5

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COVID-19 has directly affected the hotel industry throughout the United States, and Washington County is no exception. While Washington County’s hotel occupancy is performing better than other destinations, it is still a decrease from last year during the same period. For the week of…

Washington County Remains at ‘Extreme Risk’ level

Washington County, Oregon remains in the “Extreme Risk” category in the state’s new public health framework. The county has been in this category since December 3. The current risk level and its safety measures are in effect December 18-31 and are revaluated every two…

State Offers Tax Relief for Small Businesses

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced new tax relief for small businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 shutdowns. The Department of Revenue will eliminate penalties and interest on 2019 income tax for businesses that are still struggling to pay bills. “I have heard from…

New Grant Opportunity for Washington County Hotels

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Grant Applications Must Be Received by December 16  Washington County is now accepting applications for a new grant opportunity for Washington County hotels. A total of $300,000 has been set aside specifically for hotels. These grant funds are derived from the State of Oregon…

Hotel Partners: Update or Verify Your Travel Oregon Listing

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The deadline to make sure your hotel property is listed in the 2021-2022 Travel Oregon Official Visitor Guide is almost here! Travel Oregon’s Official Visitor Guide is the only statewide print fulfillment piece for comprehensive lodging listings. Any transient lodging property in Oregon that…

Short-Term Rental Licensing Program Open House

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The Washington County Department of Land Use and Transportation is holding an online open house and seeking comments on draft requirements for a proposed short-term rental licensing program in urban unincorporated Washington County. The forum is available today through January 8th. The Short-Term Rental…