Travel Oregon has awarded $913,000 to tourism-related projects across the state through its Destination Ready program. The funding will help develop and enhance 34 projects that offer visitor experiences and aid in economic recovery in the wake of COVID-19.
The Salmonberry Trail in Tualatin Valley was granted $22,000 for trail improvements and a new volunteer program. Part of the planned Salmonberry Trail will run through Tualatin Valley between Banks and Reehers Camp in the Tillamook State Forest.
“These ‘Destination Ready’ projects are crucial in ensuring visitors and Oregonians have access to safe and enjoyable experiences as we rebuild Oregon’s tourism economy while navigating the pandemic,” said Todd Davidson, CEO Travel Oregon in a press release. “Communities across the state rely on tourism as an essential component of their economic fabric. These communities need visitor-ready attractions and experiences that continue to prioritize public health measures and Travel Oregon is excited to support these local initiatives that will play a significant role in the state’s economic recovery.”
Travel Oregon received more than $4 million in requests from 135 applicants for the Destination Ready program, spurring an increase to the program’s original $250,000 budget.