Host2Host is proud to be in partnership with Travel Portland
Travel Portland generates travel demand that drives economic impact for Portland. In short, they bring visitors to our city, many of whom stay in our short-term rentals. The more visitors they bring, the better our businesses do and vice versa.
In 2019, visitors to Portland spent $5.6 billion, producing $277.8 million in state and local tax revenue. The travel industry supports 36,930 jobs in the Portland area, generating $1.6 billion in employment earnings.
Host2Host's relationship with Travel Portland supports STR hosts on many levels:
Easy Trip Planning Tool
Here is an awesome new tool to share with your short-term rental guests. Travel Portland has created a QR code which links to relevant information on the Travel Portland website.
Just point your phone's camera at the QR code to access Travel Portland.Guests will find lots of information about things to do in Portland and the surrounds, upcoming events, cool neighborhoods, Portland's Patio Guide, Food Cart Finder, etc.
The card is available as a downloadable PDF for you to print or send to your guests. You could also convert the PDF to a JPG and add it to your STR listing photos. Or request a JPG image @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
When we meet in person again, we'll have the printed cards available too. Lovin' it!
Resources for You
Here are some great resources to help you connect with the local travel industry
Become a Portland Insider - Sign up for a free Travel Portland membership. Receive the weekly Travel Portland Industry Update email, find out about events of interest to you.
Convention Planning Tool - Members can access details about upcoming conferences happening in Portland to help you increase bookings. Includes dates, expected attendance, headquarter locations and convention titles.
Host2Host Presentation - Travel Portland presented at the September 8, 2022 in-person meetup. Learn more about how Travel Portland helps hosts.
State of the Industry and Awards Program - June 24, 2021 video recording - a look back at the local travel industry, including some interesting data charts about the recent state of travel from Steve Halasz, Travel Portland's Director of Research (at 8 min mark). At the 12:45 mark, he shows data for Short Term Rentals.
Learn about Travel Portland's Tourism Master Plan and view initiatives and other statistics. A lot of great information here.
Tools and Resources for Local Businesses - here you will find:
Resources for your Guests
Share Specific Travel Portland resource guides with your guests. Grab a link or two or three from Travel Portland's website (or use the links below) to help your guests connect with what interests them.
Portland Maps - downloadable
Host2Host has a seat on the Travel Portland Board
Host2Host's Travel Portland Board Member
Becky is honored to join the Travel Portland Board of Directors beginning July of 2022. A short-term rental host, co-host and business owner herself, Becky is uniquely qualified to represent Host2Host and all short-term rental hosts in the Portland area.
In 2018, Host2Host was awarded this seat on Travel Portland's board after mounting an organized testimony at City Council to address two short-term rental tax bills up for vote. The City Council was so impressed with Host2Host's professionalism, they requested Host2Host be given representation on the Travel Portland's board. This affords all short-term rental hosts a voice in how Portland's travel tax dollars are spent.
How Host2Host gained a seat on the Travel Portland Board
The honor for membership on the Travel Portland was won at the City of Portland hearing on STR tax ordinances in June 2018. Host2Host organized the testimony of many H2H members. It was the first time the City of Portland became aware of Host2Host. Commissioners Amanda Fritz and Chloe Eudaly were delighted to learn about our organization and requested that Travel Portland offer two seats for the short term rental industry on their board. Host2Host was awarded one. The other will soon be awarded to Ryan Tigner, owner of ITrip Vacations, a STR property management company previously held by Vacasa.
Travel Portland Opportunities - This could be you!
Host2Host members have a unique opportunity to serve on a Travel Portland Committee
First, these are the committees that would most fit with our interests and talent pool:
Community Action Committee (CAC): This committee focuses on supporting the Makers movement, business districts, neighborhood tourism development, James Beard Public Market, Green Loop, tourism transportation, diversity, and more in an effort to make the travelers experience something memorable, easy and outstanding. The work focuses on education and advocacy. (likely the one that would be the best fit to join for the biggest buck)
Partners: This committee works with Travel Portland partners to discuss how to strengthen their partnerships and services within Travel Portland. (Host2Host member certainly is a good fit here but the work is much narrower)
Second, this is what the ideal candidate would be for the CAC committee:
Ideal Person: someone who would like to ultimately serve on the TP board, who has an interest in advancing and advocating for how the traveler engages in Portland experiences from businesses, makers, events, areas throughout Portland and transportation used to get there. Someone who may be a maker, passionate about parks/events/festivals, etc... who may have contacts within the community or be a person of influence themselves. Time commitment is 2-3 hours a month at most.
Ideal Business: A business that works within the short term rental or tourism industry who would be interested in ultimately joining the TP board. Whether they are building websites, cleaning houses, running an experience or a tour - they care about our industry and are a voice that can be helpful at the table informing what they know and who they know.
Questions: please contact Host2Host