Mt. Hood Territory's (Clackamas County Tourism) mission is to improve the quality of life for residents through tourism. A diverse, inclusive, and welcoming, destination relies on individuals and organizations, acknowledging and understanding that the racist history of the U.S. and Oregon deeply impacts the lived experience of our community members and visitors. Progress depends on individual and organizational change.
Community and tourism industry leaders on race, diversity, equity and inclusion generously shared the resources on this page. As you encounter resources valuable to you and your organization in building a diverse and inclusive destination, please share them. If you have questions or would like to talk more with Mt. Hood Territory about race, diversity, equity and inclusion in the tourism industry, please contact Samara Phelps at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Destination Analysts: American Travel Trends & A Conversation with LatinX Travelers
Tuesday May 11
Destination Analysts' update of coronavirus sentiments and travel insights will be followed by an important conversation with LatinX travelers. Explore their unique perspectives, personal experiences and how this impacts their future travel decisions.
Destination Analysts led a panel discussion of "A Current Pulse on Black Travel Perspectives" on April 11, 2021 as part of their travel consumer discussion series.
"Visit Fort Worth’s Director of Research, Lauren Phillips, led an enlightening discussion exploring how Black travelers’ unique perspectives and personal experiences impact present and future travel decisions."
On March 31, US Travel presented “Lessons on Race and Racism: AAPI Voices in the Travel Industry”, featuring AAPI travel colleagues discussing their experience navigating inclusivity in the travel industry and the U.S. as a whole.
Travel Oregon has hired an expert to help inform their strategies and work around equity and inclusion in Oregon's tourism space. To support DEI work in the tourism industry, Travel Oregon and ORLA (Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association) hosted "Leveraging Strategic Partnerships for Inclusion and Equity" webinar in July 2020.
In June 2020 US Travel Association hosted a two-part series around race and racism in the travel industry.
"U.S. Travel’s National Chair Elliott L. Ferguson, II, president & CEO, Destination DC moderates an important conversation about race and diversity within the travel industry and how we can work toward a more inclusive environment. This candid discussion provides personal perspectives on current events, looking specifically at how leaders of all backgrounds can make meaningful changes in the workplace to promote racial equality at all levels and set an example for future leaders within the travel industry."
Clackamas County's Equity and Inclusion Office offers support and resources to all county residents.
The County's equity and inclusion work includes the Leaders for Equity, Diversion and Inclusion Council (LEDIC), an advisory council that acts as liaison to the County on issues surrounding equity and inclusion. Meetings of LEDIC are open to the public, and are held the fourth Tuesday of each month from 5:30 - 7:30pm.
Resource Highlight: The Racial Equity Support Line is available for those experiencing the impacts of racism, to listen and offer resources as appropriate. The line can be reached at 503-575-3764, and is available weekdays 10am-7pm.