National Tourism Leaders to Keynote Governor's Conference on Tourism 

Caroline Beteta of Visit California, Cathy Tull of Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Caroline Lipps of Thunder Island Brewing Co. in Cascade Locks and Anne Madison of Brand USA will keynote a powerful discussion about preparing your destination for disaster at this year's Governor’s Conference. We are thrilled to have these panelists share their different experiences and perspectives with us this spring. 

For more information and to register, visit the conference website. 

Sponsor and exhibitor partnership opportunities are still available. View the full list of partnership opportunities. 

Have you submitted your nomination for an Oregon Travel & Tourism Industry award? Submit your nomination by Feb. 28, 2019. 

Oregon Tourism Commission Designates Seven Regional Destination Management Organizations (RDMOs)

As an outcome of the recent Regional Cooperative Tourism Program (RCTP) RFP process, the Oregon Tourism Commission designated the following entities to serve as the Regional Destination Management Organizations for the seven tourism regions of Oregon:
  • Central Oregon: Visit Central Oregon
  • Eastern Oregon: Eastern Oregon Visitors Association
  • Mt. Hood & Columbia River Gorge: Clackamas County Tourism & Cultural Affairs
  • Oregon Coast: Oregon Coast Visitors Association
  • Portland Region: Travel Portland
  • Southern Oregon: Travel Southern Oregon
  • Willamette Valley: Willamette Valley Visitors Association
Each RDMO develops and enacts a two-year tourism destination management plan that involves the input of regional tourism stakeholders and Travel Oregon.
Learn more about the Regional Cooperative Tourism Program at:

New Car-Free Itineraries are Available Across the State 

Oregon is often referred to as a fly-drive market. In response to this, Travel Oregon has developed 10 car-free itineraries to inspire visitors to experience our state without having to be behind the wheel of their own vehicle. By highlighting destinations like Crater Lake, the Willamette Valley, Bend and the Oregon Coast, these itineraries also inspire visitors to explore outside urban areas and into more rural gems of our state. A major objective of this effort was to curate leisure travel experiences for Oregonians without a car, people with disabilities and international visitors who are either uncomfortable with driving in the U.S. or are not licensed to do so.
Review all of our car-free itineraries online here.

Market Update: Germany

Join Travel Oregon for the inaugural Market Update webinar featuring Germany on April 10, 2019 from 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. In this free webinar you will learn:
  • The importance of the German travel market
  • German travel behavior and expectations
  • How to work with key German tour operators
  • Travel Oregon’s market strategy
  • Upcoming opportunities to enhance visitation from the German market 
This program is ideal for Oregon lodging properties, tours, attractions, DMOs and CVBs interested in increasing their international visitation and learning more about working with the German market.  Register now. 

Upcoming Grant Writing Workshops 

Experienced grant writer, grant coach and trainer Meredith Howell will be conducting multiple grant writing workshops in conjunction with “Conversation with Funders” roundtable discussions in La Grande and Roseburg. The workshops will help attendees focus on skills in developing strong proposals and successfully planning, writing and attaining grant funds. Sharpen your grant writing skills prior to upcoming funding opportunities.
Reminder, applications are open until 5 p.m. on Feb. 22, 2019 for the Oregon Wine Country Plates Matching Grants Program, administered by Travel Oregon. The 2019-2020 Travel Oregon Competitive Small Grants program will open on May 20, 2019. 
Upcoming Events
Feb. 22, 2019
Philomath, Ore.
Oregon Agritourism Coordination Meeting

Feb. 23, 2019
Corvallis, Ore.
2019 OSU Small Farms Conference

Feb. 25 - 28, 2019
Boise, Idaho
Go West Summit

March 5, 2019
La Grande, Ore. 

March 7, 2019
Bend, Ore. 

March 11, 2019 
Roseburg, Ore. 

March 12, 2019 
Klamath Falls, Ore. 

March 17 - 18, 2019
Medford, Ore.
Travel Southern Oregon Symposium  

March 19, 2019
Klamath Falls, Ore.
Travel Oregon 101  

April 10 - 11, 2019
Washington D.C.
Destination Capitol Hill

April 14 - 16, 2019


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