South County Rural Tourism Studio Hosts An Evening for Entrepreneurs
On Tuesday, April 24, the Rural Tourism program will host An Evening for Entrepreneurs. If you are thinking of starting a business in south Lincoln County, particularly one that is related to tourism activities, this is a good opportunity to find out what resources are available to help you with financing, permits and zoning, marketing, management, and the inspiration of others who have chosen a similar path. This program takes place at the Soul Vacation Resort in Waldport from 6 to 9 p.m.
The Rural Tourism program is a series of workshops offered by TravelOregon, the state’s tourism marketing program. South Lincoln County, consisting of Yachats, Waldport and Seal Rock, was selected for the program based on an application which described the assets of the community and identified areas where improvements were needed to make tourism a vibrant part of the area’s economic health while preserving the qualities that make the south county attractive to travelers and residents alike.
The third set of workshops takes place April 24 and 25, focusing on nature-based tourism development and how to create and produce high impact events, in addition to the Evening for Entrepreneurs. About thirty people have participated in two sets of workshops and one more set is planned for mid-May. The kickoff event was community tourism visioning, in which participants considered alternative scenarios for how the area could change depending on where resources are (or are not) directed. The second set, destination branding, explored how visitors see this area and how we can increase our ‘curb appeal’ and encourage people to stop and visit our shops and restaurants, stay in our lodging facilities, and enjoy the many activities available in the south county.
To find out more about the Rural Tourism Studio program or to register to attend any of the sessions, including the Evening for Entrepreneurs, visit http://Industry.TravelOregon.com/RTS, or call Andrea Scharf, 541 547 3092.