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Message from Your President
 
WOW! What an awesome kickoff to 2020 for OTTA. Our 7th Annual Night Out at Hotel Rose in downtown Portland brought in a record-breaking $5,144 for our education and marketing initiatives. There are far too many contributors to list, but please accept my heartfelt appreciation to everyone who donated, attended and otherwise supported the event.

The Night Out was followed by a fantastic meeting aboard the Portland Spirit featuring an informative presentation from Billie Moser of Travel Portland, followed by a wonderful panel of our seasoned colleagues. 

If you haven't done so, please
renew your membership today! Once you claim your business listing on the new website, you can also renew and pay for your membership online.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone at our Spring Meeting in Ashland on April 5th and 6th. Thank you!

Cheers,
 
Mandy Morgan 
OTTA President
Willamette Valley Vineyards
OTTA Spring Meeting 

Monday, April 6, 2020 
8:30 am - 2:00 pm 
Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites
2525 Ashland Street - Ashland, OR

Member Price: $35
Non-member Price: $55
(Lunch Included)

April 5th - FAM Tour of Ashland - start time at 3:30 pm
April 6th - 8:30 am - 2:00 pm - Spring Meeting (lunch included)

Join us for our Spring Meeting at Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites in Ashland, Oregon! Be sure to join us for the FAM tour of Ashland on Sunday, April 5th, followed by a 5:00 pm social in the Stardust Lounge at Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites featuring heavy appetizers and a no-host bar.

Reserve your room today!

Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites has offered OTTA Members and guests a fantastic group rate of $99 for a King Room, $109 for a Double Queen Room or $109 for a Premium King Room, excluding taxes and fees. Please call 541-482-8310 and reference "OTTA" to receive the group rate, or book online using the Group ID 359439.

Please reserve your room no later than March 13th to receive the discounted rate and guarantee your room.

Take in a show at Oregon Shakespeare Festival with OTTA!
Use the promo code "OTTA" for 10% off any performance or backstage tour on April 4 or 5! The discount is available through 4/6/2020. Tickets subject to availability. Not valid on previous ticket purchases, exchanges, or in combination with any other offer. Does not apply to already discounted tickets, including group orders of 15 or more. No refunds/exchanges.
History of the Group Tour and Travel Task Force
and Oregon Tour and Travel Task Force

 
OTTA started in the early 90's as the Group Tour and Travel Task Force (GTTTF).  GTTTF started at the time before Debbie Kennedy took over at the Oregon Tourism Department, which was part of Oregon's Economic and Community Development Department. When they first started to meet, they met every other week at the Crowne Plaza. Thelma Haggenmiller reported that she appreciated the thoughtfulness and knowledge of the people she had been consorting with who had been the tourism industry a lot longer than she had.
 
At the time that Chris Chester started at the Oregon Tourism Commission, GTTF had already become the Oregon Tour and Travel Task Force. She did the clerical support by updating the website membership entries and posted meeting dates and details. She was the "Stephanie" as OTTTF was under the direction of Billie Moser. When Billie left OTC, Joanne Korfhage took her place. After Joanne moved to Germany, Kevin Wright was hired to fill this position. The transition of OTTTF to Oregon Tour and Travel Alliance happened before Kevin was promoted to the VP of Marketing when Karen Viehoever took Kevin's place.  When Karen left Travel Oregon for Travel Portland, Lisa Itel was Travel Oregon's OTTTF leader. The Board of Directors really pulled up their sleeves as they waded through legal paperwork in creating OTTA. As a stand-alone organization, OTTA hired their own manager.  In 2006, OTTA was approved by the Department of the Treasury to becomea 501 (c) 6 non -profit organization.
 
Todd Davidson recalls that GTTTF was primarily focused on motorcoach tours, the newly evolved OTTTF expanded the scope to a broader range of domestic tour operators and their products (packaged, FIT, fly/drive, etc.). In those early days of OTTTF, members went on sales blitzes to Arizona to meet with tour operators focused on the senior market. NTA was the major trade show as well as American Bus Association. In Canada, they attended the Addision Trade Show in different locations. Addision was replaced by the Canada Sales Missions. The first participation at Go West was in 2004. OTTTF operated on the hard work of volunteer members. The budget came from fundraisers and website listings. Starting in those early days with OTTTF, Chris has seen the transformation from a volunteer organization to a moving force in group travel in Oregon. Many of those volunteers laid the framework for OTTA and still devote their time to make this organization great.
OTTA Winter Meeting Recap
 
Thank you to Billie Moser from Travel Portland for her presentation on working with the International Market. Our panel of experts offered wonderful tips on how to follow up on the OTTA leads. The OTTA leads are a wonderful member benefit. We received some great tips and now, happy follow up everyone!
 
We look forward to seeing everyone in Ashland this April. Come prepared to learn how your membership to OTTA can benefit you more.

OTTA Launches Member Meetups!
 
OTTA is launching Member Meetups throughout the state in 2020. Meetups will be open to members and non-members in the area - there will be no cost to attend. These events are designed for members in a region to network and connect with others in the tourism industry.

Are you interested in hosting an OTTA Meetup? Please complete this interest form.
 
Mark Your Calendar! 
 
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Feb 22                 Oregon Small Farms Conference, Corvallis
Feb 24                 Travel Oregon 101, Independence
Feb 24-25            Oregon Tourism Commission Meeting, Independence
Feb 25                 Greet & Grow: Prosper Portland B@B Resource Fair, Portland
Feb 29-Mar1        Outdoor Adventure Show, Vancouver BC
March 8-9            Travel Southern Oregon Tourism Symposium, Canyonville
March 11-12        Tour Operators, Guides, and Outfitters 101, Bend
March 24-27        Go West Summit 2020, Portland
April 1-2               Tour Operators, Guides, and Outfitters 101, Corvallis
April 26-28           2020 Rural Tourism Studio, Sunriver
May 5-7                AdventureELEVATE 2020, Eugene
April 11-13           2021 Oregon Rural Conference on Tourism, Sunriver
 
UPCOMING OTTA DATES
April 5                   Board Meeting, 12:00-4:00 p.m., Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites
April 5                   FAM/Social, 4:00 p.m., Ashland
April 6                   Spring Meeting, 8:30-2:00 p.m. Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites
 
FUN TIMES
Feb 19-Mar1        PDX Jazz Festival
March                   Oregon Shakespeare Festival (May to Oct), Ashland
March 2                Snow Blast, Anthony Lakes
March 5                Muse Conference, Bend
March 6-8            Oregon Chocolate Festival, Ashland
March 6-15          Portland International Film Festival
Mar 13-15            SIP! McMinnvlle Wine & Food Classic
March 14             La Pine Crab Feed
March 15-17        Wee Bit of Ireland, Heppner
March 24             Taste of Nordic, Anthony Lakes
March 28             Hella Big Air, Bend
March 29             Eagle Watch, Bend
Mar-May             Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival
May 22-Jun 7      Portland Rose Festival
 
Please contact Chris Chester at chrisLchester@hotmail.com if you want to add a calendar item for the Upcoming Newsletter.


Oregon Tour & Travel Alliance (O.T.T.A.) - 503.626.8197