Eugene, Oregon, will have the chance to show the world its appeal as a leisure and business destination when it hosts the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 on July 15-24. This is the first time that the World Athletics will be held in the United States. It’s a mega-sporting event, spotlighting the best track and field athletes in the world. The event will bring together 2,000 athletes from more than 200 nations, all competing for 49 gold medals. According to Travel Oregon about 20,000 to 25,000 attendees are expected per session, with both morning and afternoon sessions each day.

As Travel Oregon, goes on to say: “Oregon is all about track and field. Across the state you’ll find a shared love for runs, relays, jumps, pole vaults and more. The collective passion often converges in the Willamette Valley city of Eugene, known as TrackTown USA, home to the athletic energy of the University of Oregon and the birthplace of Nike. It’s where many champions earned their stripes, from running legend Steve Prefontaine to Olympic medalists Phyllis Francis, Matthew Centrowitz Jr., English Gardner, Keshia Baker, Ashton Eaton, and Brianne Theisen-Eaton. The university’s historic stadium, Hayward Field, recently debuted state-of-the-art renovations just in time for this event.”

The championship is a great opportunity to check out Eugene and surrounding areas as a possible site for future meetings. You can purchase tickets here and find out more about WCH Oregon22 and what you can do while you’re in Eugene—from running on some legendary tracks yourself to rafting, biking, fishing, wine and craft-beer tasting and more here.

The Gordon describes itself as an “art-centric” hotel and the description is more than apt. Over 160 pieces of local art from 84 different artists adorn the hotel’s wall, along with 75 additional pieces created by employees of Obie Hospitality.  (The Gordon is the third hotel in Obie Hospitality’s portfolio of unique accommodations, joining Inn at the 5thin Eugene and Inn at 500 Capitol in Boise.)

 

Track Town USA. The Silicon Shire. The Emerald City. Eugene’s many nicknames refl ect both its natural beauty and the active lifestyle that fl ourishes there. The state’s second-largest city is home to the University of Oregon—a national track-and-fi eld powerhouse—and one of the university’s former track stars founded Nike.

 

The Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association Education Foundation (ORLAEF) has signed an agreement with Travel Oregon—the state’s tourism commission—to provide customerservice training for Oregon’s travel and tourism industry. The foundation will use American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute’s Guest Service Gold program and Certified Guest Service Professional designation for the statewide training initiative. All hospitality employees throughout the state will participate in the training.