Message from Your President
Thanks to everyone who was able to join us for our Fall Meeting at the beautiful Oregon Garden Resort. We enjoyed wonderful hospitality, learned about garden tourism from Lois Moss and Allison Pennell, crafted garden-related itineraries, reviewed OTTA's 3-year strategic plan and got a sneak peek at the sleek new OTTA website, set to launch later this month.
Be sure to save the date for our next meetings: January 23-24 in Portland and April 5-6 in Ashland. Thank you for your support and participation with OTTA.
Willamette Valley Vineyards
Everything's Coming up Roses:
OTTA's 7th Annual Night Out
Thursday, January 23
5:30 - 8:30 pm
Bottle + Kitchen at Hotel Rose, Portland, Oregon
Join us as we take over the downtown chic and funky restaurant, Bottle + Kitchen inside Hotel Rose in downtown Portland. Mix and mingle with your friends in Oregon tourism, while raising funds to increase packaged travel to Oregon. Tickets are $50 per person through November 30th and include heavy appetizers, hosted beer & wine, silent auction, entertainment and a chance to win the Grand Prize. Cocktail attire is encouraged (rose embellishments optional). Join us for a bloomin' good time!
Thank you to our sponsors: Hotel Rose - A Staypineapple Hotel, Glacier 45 Spirits, Deschutes Brewery, Willamette Valley Vineyards and Portland Rose Festival Foundation.
Reserve your room today!
Hotel Rose features wildly colorful interiors and sleek, yet stylish rooms and suites. Located directly across from Tom McCall Waterfront Park on the sparkling Willamette River, the hotel spoils guests with easy access to nearby shopping, dining and outdoor recreation as well as the many things that "Keep Portland Weird."
Hotel Rose has offered OTTA Members and guests of the OTTA Night Out a fantastic group rate of only $89, excluding taxes and fees. Please call 866-866-7977 and reference "OTTA Night Out" to receive the group rate, or
using the code
Please reserve your room no later than January 6 to receive the discounted rate and guarantee your room.
The fall meeting was a dynamic event packed with networking, education and itinerary building that took full advantage of the Oregon Garden Resort location. Attendees learned the potential of garden tourism in Oregon, saw firsthand what a gem the Oregon Garden is as a tourism asset, and brainstormed uniquely Oregon opportunities for garden themed itineraries around the state. Our members demonstrated their phenomenal knowledge of the state, sharing restaurants supplied by rooftop gardens, sensory gardens, living walls, musical events, and historic roses to delight visitors in any corner of the state. It's no surprise that our members are a wealth of knowledge and skills but a few surprises came to light during a high energy networking activity. From fun facts like Cowboy cheerleader dreams and time spent with Kiwis to highly coveted skills like inbox organizational gurus and tenacious (and gracious) deal closers, OTTA members are worth knowing and knowing more about!
The next chance to learn more is the Night Out event and the winter meeting where members take the mystery out of trade shows. Whether you work the show floor or never leave your property, there is a show strategy for you. Let OTTA show you how.
Join the OTTA Board Today
Are you interested in getting more involved with OTTA by joining the OTTA board? We have a couple openings that will be voted in at the Winter General Meeting on January 24th, 2020. The OTTA board meets monthly by conference call, in-person three times per year prior to each general membership meeting and once per year at the annual summer board retreat. The OTTA board is responsible for ensuring the needs of the membership are met, accomplishing goals set forth in the strategic plan, overseeing committee activities, approving and evaluating programs/activities of the association, approving the annual budget and other association expenses, establishing policies and planning for the future of the association. Board positions are voluntary. Each term is 2 years. If interest in joining our dynamic and fun group of board members, please submit this 2019 board applicationand a copy of your current resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
OTTA Member Profile
Mandy Morgan, OTTA President
Our fearless and dynamite leader, Mandy Morgan volunteered to be our first member profile.
After working for about eight years at Portland Center Stage at The Armory, she made a move to the Oregon wine industry and currently works at Willamette Valley Vineyards overseeing their marketing department. Mandy is a proud furbaby parent of three (two black lab mixes and a cat) and loves exploring Oregon. The thing she shared at the last OTTA meeting that "would surprise us" was she was a DJ for the local McMinnville radio station 90.3 FM in college and hosted the 80s segment. "I love me some 80s tunes!"
Mandy joined OTTA as a member in 2012 and began board service in 2014. When asked who that one person was that made that OTTA connection to her. 100%, Carol Ross was that person. She was key in membership and joining the board. Mandy had worked with Carol at the Portland Rose Festival Foundation when she was the President of OTTA the first time so she was already familiar with OTTA and "she wasn't going to let me get away with NOT joining. I'm very happy she convinced me!"
How has OTTA benefitted Mandy and her organizations? When she worked at Portland Center Stage at The Armory, the sales leads were very helpful and enabled her to make many connections with other OTTA members, eventually leading to some amazing promotional partnerships that earned Center Stage a Travel Oregon grant. In her current marketing role, networking and the educational components are the greatest benefits to stay current on industry trends and share with the Willamette Valley Vineyard team.
To date, what has been your favorite meeting, fam, or activity? Mandy has had fun at all the Annual Night Outs, the Second Annual Night Out at the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center was particularly memorable. Everyone enjoyed the tunes of Kathy Boyd and Phoenix Rising, dressed in pioneer clothes at the photo booth and made wax candles. The next day, they met in the museum and learned the art of storytelling. "That meeting really stuck with me!"
Send Chris Chester your nominee for a future member profile at
OR by phone 503.551.6440. Thelma Haggenmiller has been nominated for the next newsletter combined with a complete history of our organization starting from the very beginning.
Register for the Quarterly Market Update Webinar: France
Join Travel Oregon for a free informational webinar about the French travel market, on Dec. 5 from 9:00 am -10:00 am. In this webinar you will:
- Learn the importance of the French travel market for Oregon tourism
- Understand travel behavior and expectations
- Learn how to work with key French tour operators to bring your product to market
- Learn about Travel Oregon's market strategy
- Identify upcoming opportunities to enhance visitation from the French market
This webinar is for Oregon industry sales professionals with some experience working with international or domestic travel trade (tour operators). This would include Oregon lodging, tours, attractions, destination marketing/management organizations or convention and visitors bureaus that are interested in increasing their visitation or learning more about working with the French market.
Mark Your Calendar!
November 5-6 Tour Operators, Guides and Outfitters Training, Cascade Locks
November 5 OTIS Training/Webinar, TBD
November 12-13 Central Coast Culinary and Agritourism Studio
November 20 Travel Oregon 101, Statewide TBD
December 3 OTIS Training/Webinar, TBD
December 8-12 National Tour Association, Forth Worth, Texas
December 9 Oregon Tourism Commission Briefing, Oregon Coast Florence
December 10 Oregon Tourism Commission Meeting, Oregon Coast Florence
January 24 OTTA General Meeting, Portland Spirit
Feb 29-Mar 1 Outdoor Adventure Show, Vancouver BC
March 24-27 Go West Summit 2020, Portland
April 26-28 2020 Rural Tourism Studio, Sunriver
May 5-7 AdventureELEVATE 2020, Eugene
April 11-13 2021 Oregon Governor's Conference on Tourism
Oregon Tour & Travel Alliance (O.T.T.A.) - 503.626.8197