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:
Share Travel Portland resource guides with your guests to help them make the most of their visit. 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 Visitors Guide - download - 24 page full color
Portland Maps - downloadable
Here are some great resources to help you connect with the local travel industry
Coming Soon! 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.
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). Pay special attention to his talk at the 12:45 mark as he shows the 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.
Social Media Tips: Connect with Travel Portland on Social Media, Share postings and use Hashtags to get you noticed
Host2Host has a seat on the Travel Portland Board
Host2Host's first Travel Portland Board Member
Shannon is the first person to serve on the Travel Portland Board as a Host2Host representative. Since 2019 she has been advocating for Host2Host and hosts throughout Portland. Shannon has made significant inroads, gaining awareness for STRs on a board that still largely represents the hotel industry. Shannon has been the ideal person to bring awareness of STR issues in the context of the travel industry. She continues to find opportunities to collaborate and gain the respect short-term rentals hosts deserve.
Shannon is also a valued member of the Host2Host Advocacy Committee and the Host2Host Board.
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 is currently 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 Shannon Hiller-Webb