COVID-19 videos and webinars

Tools for Organizational Resiliency: Destination Recovery Toolkit

The Coraggio Group has created a Destination Recovery Toolkit that will provide essential guidance to the leaders of destination marketing and management organizations as they sort out their next steps along the path to recovery. This one-hour webinar will include:

• A brief overview of each module and how the tools may benefit your organization.
• A discussion of common stumbling blocks and recovery approaches.
• An interactive Q&A.

Monday, October 26, 9-10 a.m. | Register >>>

Customer Service during COVID-19: De-escalation Strategies for Frontline Staff

COVID-19 has dramatically shifted the hospitality experience. Many restaurants, retail establishments, and businesses with visitor-facing staff are experiencing conflicts with guests who may resist public health mandates. Conversations with guests can be tense, especially when stepping into an enforcement role. In this webinar, participants will learn about how to address these challenging discussions, which become even more important going into fall and winter, when complying with physical distancing and public health mandates are essential. This training delves into diffusing and de-escalating conflicts and best practices in effective communication, resulting in positive visitor experiences and ensured guest and staff safety. This training is delivered by Michael Chamberlain-Torres with support from the Oregon Hospitality Foundation and Travel Oregon.

Monday, November 2nd – 11 a.m. -12 p.m.  | Register >>> 

Customer Service during COVID-19: Best Practices & Resources

For many Oregon businesses, the customer service experience has drastically changed. Businesses have adapted as customer emotion and anxiety has risen. This interactive panel session highlights techniques that successful business owners are using to create positive experiences in the midst of a complex landscape. Presenters and panelists will highlight some strategies, resources, and powerful customer service insights that can radically improve public interactions. Presenters will be sharing their direct experiences and best practices for creating positive customer service experiences amid physical distancing regulations and other requirements that have significantly impacted visitor experiences. Don‘t miss this opportunity to hear from businesses firsthand on how to apply customer service best practices and resources as the pandemic continues through fall and winter. This training is offered in collaboration with the Hood-Gorge region, Oregon Hospitality Foundation, Columbia Gorge Community College – Small Business Development Center, and Travel Oregon. Register here.

Thursday, November 19th – 2-3:30 p.m. | Register >>> 

Optimistic Website Optimization for Tourism Businesses

During COVID-19 COVID-19 is forcing us all to get creative, so let’s channel that energy towards making your website the best and most useful it has ever been.

Watch recording on Travel Oregon’s YouTube channel

Destination Marketing and COVID-19: Planning for Oregon’s Tourism Recovery

The intended outcome of this webinar is to ensure Oregon’s tourism industry has clear understanding of how to leverage Travel Oregon and DMO recovery efforts through destination marketing. You’ll learn about trends and forecasts in destination marketing, hear about how Travel Oregon is preparing for recovery, and see examples of how businesses are working to safely welcome back visitors.

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Inspire Confidence with Online Listings During COVID-19.
• Learn how to utilize free tools available within Google My Business, Yelp and TripAdvisor in order to share information with customers.
• Learn how proactive efforts can help your businesses maximize exposure within influential consumer-facing platforms and generate incremental business.
• Access opportunity to book a one-on-one appointment with a Miles Program Specialist for assistance with claiming your Google My Business profile or other questions surrounding any of your online listings.

Thursday, Oct. 22 | 12 – 1 p.m. | Register here >>> 

Extending Outdoor Dining Options into Winter

Join us for a free webinar presented by YGH Architecture to learn about ideas to extend outdoor dining into the winter months while meeting social distancing guidance for restaurants. YGH will provide insight on how to create outdoor seating that attracts diners and emphasizes safety and comfort during the rainy season.

This webinar is part of a series co-hosted by the City of Forest Grove, City of Sherwood, City of Tigard and City of Wilsonville.

Wednesday, October 21 at 9 a.m. | Register >>> 

Oregon Tourism Industry Partners

Join hospitality and tourism industry partners for a timely discussion on best practices for reopening Oregon restaurants, venues and wineries. Jason Brandt, President & CEO, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association, will be joined by Kai McMurtry, Manager of Consumer Relations for the Oregon Wine Board, and Katy Clair, Director of Global Marketing for Travel Oregon in a conversation with industry members from around the state on how they are navigating the “new normal” and adapting operations for reopening.

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Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals

The Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals has a series of free webinars to discuss the changing state of outdoor creative amid COVID-19.

Register for upcoming webinars on Wednesdays and see past webinar recordings here >>>

Washington County Public Health

Phase 1 Sector Washington County Health Panel
Description: Will you be Reopen Ready? Join us for sector-specific advising sessions with Washington County public health practitioners. The City of Tigard in partnership with the Tigard Chamber of Commerce have invited experts from Washington County public health to share with you best practices for safely reopening.

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Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce

The Hillsboro Chamber Small Business & Entrepreneurs Council (SBEC) has put together a series of classes with an expert for each topic to present and guide small business owners as they navigate business today. These programs are free of charge as a service to our members, and the community at large, during these difficult times.

Watch past episodes on YouTube >>>

What is Hospitality’s New Normal?

Join us for a special panel discussion with renowned health and hospitality experts where they will provide their perspectives on how hospitality leaders are managing through the COVID-19 crisis—including a high-level overview of efforts to secure relief for the industry; what’s in store for the future of travel; and how and when the industry can best position itself for recovery.

  • Roger Dow – President & CEO, U.S. Travel Association
  • Jeff Arnold – Chairman, Forbes Travel Guide & CEO, Sharecare
  • Dr. Mehmet Oz – Medical Leader, Author, Emmy Award Winner
  • Filip Boyen – CEO, Forbes Travel Guide
  • Jerry Inzerillo – Vice Chairman, Forbes Travel Guide & CEO, Diriyah Gate Development Authority

Watch the recording anytime >>>

Tualatin Valley Creates

Tualatin Valley Creates offers opportunities for artists and arts organizations to grow their skills and knowledge through professional development workshops.

Find past workshops here >>>

Travel Oregon’s State of the Industry

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