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The Oregon Convention Center served Portland’s community during a critical time of need, but the venue is also open for business and welcomed a citywide convention this October.
The Oregon Convention Center served Portland’s community during a critical time of need, but the venue is also open for business and welcomed a citywide convention this October.

Visitors know Portland as a creative city that welcomes new ideas, people and businesses. This creative character connects to Portland’s tourism community, in part, through exciting hotel initiatives and openings that are a part of Portland’s story of resilience and nurtured cultivation.

The Oregon Convention Center recently underwent a $40 million renovation. It also served as an evacuee shelter to those displaced by wildfires, earned its accreditation as a Global Biorisk Advisory Council Facility for health and safety, and served as a COVID-19 vaccine site for more than 500,000 doses.

Directly across the street from the Oregon Convention Center, the Hyatt Regency Portland at the Oregon Convention Center opened at the end of 2019 with a committable block of 500 rooms.

Despite the setbacks brought on by COVID-19, Portland is thriving with a flurry of hotel openings. Three properties opened during the pandemic, and five projects, including the five-star Ritz-Carlton, are in development in the central city.

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