5 Great Reasons to Meet in Portland

A Sponsored Message by Travel Portland

Portland cityscape

From bustling downtown to snowcapped Mt. Hood, Portland is a destination your meeting attendees won’t soon forget.

The city of Portland, Oregon might just be the best-of-all-worlds destination you’ve been looking for. It offers the value and ease of a small, walkable city while offering some of the best culinary offerings and gorgeous nature in the country. Here’s a peek:

1. No Sales Tax

Planners will realize significant savings on venue and vendor expenses—up to 10% compared to other west coast cities. Your attendees will save on their own outings and shopping—whether they’re browsing indie shops on Hawthorne or snagging luxury goods in Nob Hill.

2. Accessible Accommodations

Portland’s city center alone now boasts more than 10,000 hotel rooms. The 600-room Hyatt Regency headquarter hotel is located next to the Oregon Convention Center, and another 1,300 rooms are just 5 minutes away. The user-friendly MAX light rail makes getting around a breeze.

3. A Sustainable, State-of-the-Art Convention Center

The LEED Platinum certified Oregon Convention Center (OCC) boasts more than 478,000 square feet of total event space, 52 meeting rooms, and two ballrooms. Bonus: One of the largest solar panel arrays of any convention center in the nation.

4. Nature Abounds

Your attendees will love that Portland features one of the largest urban forests in the nation, so miles of trails and parks are right outside. Encourage them to take a hike during downtime; explore an extinct volcano; or even venture further to the stunning Columbia River Gorge, the lush Willamette Valley wine country, the rugged Oregon Coast, or snow-capped Mount Hood.

5. Award-Winning Culinary Scene

From James Beard award-winning, farm-to-table fine dining, to an eclectic food cart scene, downtown Portland will leave your attendees hungry for more. And they don’t have to go indoors to enjoy—patio dining is abundant here.

6. All are Welcome

Travel Portland supports meeting planners in delivering Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), by connecting you with BIPOC-owned vendors via My People’s Market; providing diverse promotional assets or recommending culturally relevant activities, and more.

To learn more about hosting your next meeting in Portland, visit us at Travel Portland.

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