WEATHER IN LINCOLN COUNTY


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South County trying to get their tourism outreach a little more organized


Kristin Dahl, RTS Director, hands out graduation certificates to Andrea Scharf (left), marketing director for Yachats, and Susan Woodruff (right), mayor of Waldport.

South Lincoln County Communities Complete Rural Tourism Program
Provided by RTS

For the past four months, 40 to 50 people from Seal Rock, Waldport, and Yachats have participated in an intense program geared to enhancing rural communities through sustainable tourism.

The program, sponsored by TravelOregon, the state’s tourism promotion office, brought together area residents, business owners, government leaders, and travel industry representatives to learn how to forge long-lasting partnerships, envision an obtainable future, develop attractions that bring visitors to the area of South Lincoln County, and—most important—to let the world know about this special area of tall trees, crashing waves, diverse wildlife, and friendly people.

The final workshop was “where the rubber hits the road:” how will this group capitalize on the lessons that were learned over the past four months? The answer was to form several action teams. One will work on overall marketing strategies and connecting the three communities so that visitors stay longer in the area and explore them all. Another team is working on bringing a world-class adventure race to the area in 2013. The third group is developing plans to consolidate information about all the trails in the south county area, including hiking, mountain biking, and water trails for kayaks and canoes. A matching grant from TravelOregon will help kick off these efforts.

If you are interested in participating on the Action Teams or want more information about the Rural Tourism Studio program in south Lincoln County, contact Andrea Scharf, 541 547 3092. For more information about the RTS program in general, visit http://Industry.TravelOregon.com/RTS.

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