Message from Your President
OTTA has seen some incredible growth and change this past year. We worked with Travel Oregon and Wieden and Kennedy, with input from the OTTA board, to create a new logo and brand identity that fits in the Travel Oregon family. We held TWO Night Out events in 2018 - one in January and one in December - both broke records for attendance and gross income. At the beginning of 2018, we held our first B2B with in-state tour operators and group leaders following feedback we received in our member survey. This past December, we had an amazing opportunity to partner with Travel Portland to host a B2B with receptive tour operators. In the fall, we had a great meeting in Astoria where members worked together to create a movie and pop culture itinerary (coming out soon!) and updated previous itineraries. The movie theme carried over to our Oregon birthday gifts (happy 160th birthday, Oregon!), recently sent to the top 50 tour operators doing business in Oregon. As we transition to a new executive team on the board, I would like to thank Dennis Corwin for his dedication and leadership as OTTA's president for the last two years. Dennis will remain on the board as Immediate Past President and Chair of the Governance Committee.
While we have accomplished so much, in many ways we are just getting started. This summer, the board will meet to discuss a new three-year strategic plan. Should you like to provide input for our strategic planning session, please reach out to me or another member of the
. OTTA has an exciting future ahead, but we can only continue growing with the help and participation of our members. If you haven't done so, please
your membership today! Also, please share with others who may benefit from an
. Thank you!
Willamette Valley Vineyards
Thank You for Making our Annual Night Out:
A Holiday Soiree a Big Success!
We would like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who donated and attended OTTA's Annual Night Out: A Holiday Soirée aboard the Portland Spirit on December 11, 2018. The fundraiser was a huge success and we broke attendance records. The funds generated helped us subsidize the cost to partner with Travel Portland for the Receptive Operator Invitational, another successful event for our members. We greatly appreciate the chance to partner with Travel Portland and give our members who work with receptives an opportunity to network with them at the Winter Meeting and Night Out.
OTTA Spring Meeting
Sunday, April 14, 2019
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Click here to register. Please note that registration is through the Oregon Governor's Conference on Tourism registration.
Speaker: Clayton Whitehead, Sports Leisure Vacations
Join us for OTTA's spring general meeting to hear industry updates on Oregon's package travel industry and attend the educational session "Maximizing Your Conference Experience" led by Clayton Whitehead, Vice President of Sports Leisure Vacations. Clayton has been a mainstay at NTA's Travel Exchange for the better part of three decades. He'll share tips and tricks on getting the most from this year's Oregon Governor's Conference on Tourism. He'll also dive into networking effectively with tour operators and other potential partners. Open to all conference attendees and includes lunch.
Governor's Conference on Tourism
Raffle Basket Donations Needed
OTTA will once again be hosting a booth at the 2019 Oregon Governor's Conference on Tourism being held April 14-16 at the The Hotel Eugene in Eugene, Oregon. The booth at the conference is where OTTA conducts our primary fundraiser for the year - seven fabulous raffle baskets featuring items from the seven different regions of Oregon. Each raffle basket has a value of approximately $2,000 and contains items such as souvenirs, gift certificates, wine, attractions passes and hotel stays.
We need your help to make each regional basket shine! To donate, please e-mail or mail
All donation forms should be completed and returned no later than April 5, 2019.
See you in Eugene!
OTTA Jacket Orders - Get Yours Today!
Orders Due By Monday
Show off your Oregon pride at the Oregon Governor's Conference on Tourism and support OTTA at the same time by purchasing this one-of-a-kind "I love Oregon" jacket, now featuring the new OTTA logo!
The jackets are soft shell black jackets and come in Men and Women's cut. Men's sizes range from X-Small - 5XL and Women's range from X-Small-2XL. Sizes run slightly small, so we recommend ordering one size larger than you would normally order.
Here are additional details about the jackets:
- White "I love Oregon" on the front, white/green OTTA logo on the sleeve, black lining and a black soft shell
- 100% Polyester stretch woven shell
- 100% Polyester stretch knitted lining
- 2,000+G/M2 Breathability rating
- DWR Water resistant coating
We've received a great price for OTTA members, below the retail price. To receive your jacket in time for OTTA's Spring meeting at the Oregon Governor's Conference on Tourism, we must have your order by Monday, March 18 at 5 pm. You may pay online with a credit card, or bring a check to the general meeting on April 14. Jackets will be distributed at the general meeting once payment is received.
Click here to order your jacket before 5:00 pm on Monday, March 18!
2019 Board of Directors
Mandy Morgan, Willamette Valley Vineyards - 503.588.9463
Vice President: Tammy Thompson, Monarch Hotel & Conference Center - 503.652.1515
Julie Flues, Columbia River Maritime Museum - 503.325.2323
Melody Johnson, Falcon's Crest Inc. - 360.353.3596
Amy Bailey, The Mill Casino - 541.756.8800
Chris Chester, Eastern Oregon Visitors Association - 503.551.6440
Kristen Dollarhide, Travel Pendleton - 541.276.7411
Maggie Groves, Orange Street Properties - 541.890.9919
Jennifer Morkert, Lincoln Asset Management - 541.961.2667
Kristy Painter, Travel Medford - 541.608.8511
Samara Phelps, Oregon's Mount Hood Territory - 503.742.5910
Past President: Dennis Corwin, Portland Spirit - 503.224.3900
Travel Oregon Liaison: Gabi Duarte - 971.717.6207
Travel Portland Liaison:
Ashley Kingman - 503.275.9756
Managing Director: Stephanie Kennedy - 503.626.8197
Oregon Tour & Travel Alliance (O.T.T.A.) - 503.626.8197