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Oregon Convention Center

The perfect space in the perfect place.

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Meeting Planners & Event Planning Information for Portland, Oregon

You want a unique place for a meeting and affordable accommodations to match. You want great culture, memorable meals and delicious microbrews with no side order of sales tax. You want delegates to be zipped easily from the airport to the convention center while being easy on the environment, too.

You’re not asking for too much. You just want a place like Portland.

Book the OCC in October 2014 and save big!

In Brief

“Cultural life is singularly concentrated in Portland. Walk just 20 blocks and you can hit most of the city’s major museums, galleries and performance venues.” — The Seattle Times

Sales tax*

0

No food or beverage tax, either!

All of the items you gave us to promote the meeting helped make it a success, even in a year of recession.

— Lauren Cummings, National Association of State Budget Officers

“Portland’s walkable city center can entertain travelers for days.” — Star Tribune

38

minutes

It’s just 38 minutes from the airport to downtown via light rail

Our attendees were delighted with Portland’s restaurants, public transit and especially microbreweries!

— Nicole Guy, Microscopy Society of America

#1

U.S. airport*

Condé Nast Traveler Business Travel Awards – 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006

“We keep coming back to Portland because it’s a great city for a conference — the scenery is beautiful, the shopping is great, and the downtown area is incredibly alive and inviting.” — Calva Leonard, Society for Imaging Science and Technology

World’s Best

Street Food*

“This Northwest city is doing for street food what it did for coffee.” — U.S. News

“No other city in the United States has more cyclists per capita.” — “America’s Best Bike City,” Bicycling magazine

Value

Instead of using this space to trumpet what Portland offers, let’s pause for a moment to highlight what it doesn’t: There is no sales tax or food and beverage tax here. Translated: Portland lets you stretch your meeting budget.

Your bottom line will thank you, as will your delegates, who’ll use the money they save to take full advantage of Portland’s acclaimed dining, shopping and cultural offerings.

Check out how Portland stacks up against other Western destinations.

Lodging: Average Daily Rate

(First class, including tax)*

Portland
$123.90
Denver
$171.18
San Diego
$164.85
Seattle
$164.15
San Jose
$160.23
Vancouver, B.C.
$158.33
Long Beach
$155.07
Phoenix
$138.19
Sacramento
$130.75
Salt Lake City
$124.16
Spokane
$110.48

Three-Meal Total

(Average)*

Portland
$72.32
Vancouver, B.C.
$91.63
San Jose
$89.99
Sacramento
$84.18
Long Beach
$81.92
Salt Lake City
$81.43
San Diego
$80.58
Phoenix
$78.14
Seattle
$75.31
Spokane
$65.86
Denver
$62.37

Central City Single Day Tax Amount**

Portland
$21.82
Seattle
$34.98
Phoenix
$32.97
Denver
$30.22
Salt Lake City
$28.52
San Jose
$23.69
Sacramento
$23.58
San Diego
$23.09

*Source: Runzheimer International, March 2012. All amounts USD
**Source: “Travel Taxes in the U.S. (Combined Taxes on Lodging, Rental Cars and Meals),” Global Business Travel Association, July 2011.

Contact Us

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Got an RFP? Submit it online and leave the rest to us.

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