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Portland Named One of the ‘Greatest’ Places

By Todd R. Berger

Portland, Oregon, was featured prominently last year on Time magazine’s “World’s Greatest Places 2022.” Time says the list reflects “the hope that understanding and human connection can be found through travel,” and that the magazine chose Portland for its sustainability leadership, plethora of new hotels, and an international airport in the process of transformation. The city—featured on the list for the first time—is one of nine North American and Caribbean cities honored out of 50 locations worldwide, and those at Travel Portland, the city’s convention and visitors bureau, are tickled pink.

Cathedral Park in North Portland

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“We were extremely excited and humbled to be named to Time’s list of ‘World’s Greatest Places 2022,’” says Desiree Everett, vice president of convention sales for Travel Portland. “It’s a testament to Portland’s resiliency, the creativity and drive of our community, and [the city’s] continued work to create an inclusive environment for all.”

Groups appreciate that the city can host gatherings commanding up to 5,000 hotel rooms, Everett notes, as well as the city’s quirky neighborhoods, including Buckman, NW 23rd, and the Pearl District. Budget-conscious planners appreciate Oregon’s lack of a sales tax, she adds.