Planner Brief

Sales tax* None
Food tax None
Beverage tax None
Room tax and Tourism Improvement District assessment* 15.3%
Lodging (average daily rate)* $123.90
Three-meal total* $72.32
Hotel rooms in metro area 21,373
Government per diem**
Lodging $137
Meals and incidental expenses $66
Exhibit space at Oregon Convention Center 255,000 sq. ft.
Meeting rooms at Oregon Convention Center 50
Total meeting space at Oregon Convention Center 55,000 sq. ft.
Portland Ballroom at Oregon Convention Center 34,200 sq. ft.
Oregon Ballroom at Oregon Convention Center 25,200 sq. ft.
Average spring temperature 52 F / 10 C
Average summer temperature 67 F / 19 C
Average fall temperature 55 F / 12 C
Average winter temperature 41 F / 5 C
Miles to the Pacific Ocean 79
Miles to Mount Hood 65
Year-round skiing Yes
Light rail service from downtown to airport Yes
Minutes on light rail from airport to downtown 38
Miles from airport to downtown 9
Flights per day for Portland International Airport (PDX) 462
Airline carriers for Portland International Airport 14
Total cities served by Portland International Airport 51
Average taxi fare from airport to downtown $35
*Source: “Runzheimer International, January 2012.” Hotel category used is “First Class.”
**U.S. General Services Administration, FY 2015 (



Area Hotels Rooms
Downtown 31 5,510
Lloyd Center/Oregon Convention Center 12 1,693
Hayden Island/Vancouver, Wash. 20 2,007
Portland International Airport 26 3,407
Southwest suburbs 45 4,817
Southeast suburbs 41 3,939
Current totals 175 21,373



  • “No. 1, Every State in the USA, Ranked by its Beer” – Thrillist (August, 2014)
  • “World’s Best Cycling Cities” – CNN (August, 2014)
  • One of the world’s 25 most livable cities (only U.S. city ranked), “Quality of Life Survey 2014″– Monocle (July 2014)
  • “Fittest City in America” – Men’s Fitness (March 2014)
  • “America’s Best Bike City: Portland, Oregon” – Bicycling magazine (May 2012)
  • No. 2, America’s most-liked cities – Yahoo! News (April 20, 2012)
  • No. 2, “America’s Best Cities for Hipsters” – Travel + Leisure (April 2012)
  • No. 1, “America’s Greenest Cities” – Travel + Leisure (April 2012)
  • One of the “Top 10 cities for cycling” – Sherman’s Travel (March 2012)
  • No. 4, “Techiest city” – Travel + Leisure (January 2012)
  • One of “The five best places to live in the world” – The Guardian (Jan. 20, 2012)
  • No. 5, “Best Cities for Public Transportation” – U.S. News & World Report (February 2011)
  • No. 2, “America’s Top Foodie Cities” – (January 2011)
  • No. 2, “America’s Top 10 Safest Cities”– Forbes (October 2010)
  • Portland International Airport named “Nation’s Best Airport” four of last five years – Condé Nast Traveler magazine (October 2010)



“Travel Portland’s customer service was fantastic. They really became an integral part of my conference team and went above and beyond to help me with event site selection, site visits, restaurant and private dining recommendations, concierge services, and local committee meetings. Their housing department personnel and services were incredibly helpful and responsive to me and my attendees.

Our annual meeting attendance in Portland this year increased 32% this year over our previous year’s attendance. Our attendees were delighted with Portland’s restaurants, public transit and especially microbreweries! Participants were asking us before they left when we planned to return to Portland. We hope to come back very soon.”
— Nicole Guy, Meeting Manager, Microscopy Society of America


“Portland has it all … outstanding meeting facilities, superb transportation, easy accessibility and an awesome selection of activities for meeting attendees to do when they are not in conference sessions. It is a vibrant and beautiful city which goes out of its way to make guests feel at home.”
— Kenneth D. Reid, CAE, Executive Vice President, American Water Resources Association


“What most impressed our attendees was Portland’s free public transportation in downtown, the very low cost and convenient airport transportation (MAX rail), and tax-free shopping (I heard some went overboard and had to get extra bags and boxes to ship back their purchases).

Many CVBs provide visitor info, but you do so so promptly, in depth and professionally. Travel Portland truly made my job as a meeting planner so much easier and fun.”
— Mayumi M. Mazur, Symposium Coordinator, QFD Institute


“We’ve had four meetings in Portland, and used three different hotels, and in every case, we’ve received some of the best service ever. 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. And it just so happens that the people are wonderful. I love Portland!”
— Calva Leonard, Executive Director, Society for Imaging Science and Technology


“When we held our national conference in Portland, we experienced one of our highest attendance levels in years. The beautiful surroundings were the perfect backdrop for our event, and with so many unique options for off-site events, we had a lot to choose from. Also, our attendees really enjoyed the friendliness and assistance offered by everyone, from the attentive convention center staff to the service offered at various hotels. Everyone worked hard to make our conference a success.”
— Linda Hachero, President, Hachero Hill Conference & Exposition Management


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