Dear tourism partners,
At Travel Portland, we believe that travel does not discriminate. In the words of Mark Twain, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” We believe in the transformative power of travel to change minds and lives, and we oppose policies that discriminate against individuals based on religion or national origin.
Freedom — to be yourself, to follow your dreams and to craft your own life — defines our city, and our nation. Portland is an inclusive and welcoming city. People of all ethnicities, religions, nationalities, genders and sexual orientations are welcome in Portland.
Travel is more than just a pastime; it is a vital and growing part of our nation’s economy. Within the Portland metro area alone, tourism supports more than 36,000 jobs and generates $245 million in state and local taxes annually. In 2016, the metro area welcomed 8.9 million overnight visitors who spent $5.1 billion here. International arrivals to PDX grew by 33% over the last two years, representing a significant economic impact to our city and state.
At Travel Portland, we are committed to expanding Portland’s growing stature as an international city. With each additional international flight, we build deeper connections with people from different geographical and personal backgrounds and become a better and even more broad-minded city.
Travel Portland is committed to welcoming all visitors and we will continue to share Portland’s welcoming spirit, inclusive values and unwavering pride. We call on you, our valued partners, to join us in ensuring that all people are welcome in our city. Let’s continue to highlight the multitude of positive economic and cultural impacts travel has on our community. Together we represent a powerful industry and our voices matter.