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Message from Your President
 
As the decade comes to an end, OTTA looks forward to a bright future in 2020.
OTTA has exciting plans for new events, educational speakers and increased membership benefits in 2020, but we can only continue growing with the help and participation of our members. 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.

Please share with others who may benefit from an OTTA membership .

We hope to see you January 23rd & 24th for our 7th Annual Night Out at Hotel Rose and the Winter General Meeting aboard the Portland Spirit. If you haven't already done so, please register for both events!

Thank you & best wishes for the holiday season!

Cheers,
 
Mandy Morgan 
OTTA President
Willamette Valley Vineyards
2020 OTTA Board of Directors Slate
 
At the January 24 winter meeting on the Portland Spirit, OTTA members will vote on the incoming officers and board members.  Per the OTTA Bylaws, we are sending the slate at least 30 days prior to the meeting so you have time to review it before voting. 
 
Incoming Board Members
Term for those below will be January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021  
 
Officer
Secretary - Kristen Dollarhide, Travel Pendleton, Pendleton

Incoming Board Members

Maggie Groves,
Orange Street Properties, Southern Oregon
Kris Hillard, Hotel Rose, StayPineapple, Portland
Jeannie Panchal,
Clackamas County Tourism, Clackamas 
Mindy Dean-Caldwell, Portland Spirit , Portland 

Continuing on the Board  
(Not part of the board slate vote)
 
President - Mandy Morgan, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Salem
(term ends 12/31/2020)   
Vice President - Tammy Thompson, Monarch Hotel and Conference Center (automatically becomes president until 12/31/2022)
   
Treasurer - Kristy Painter, Travel Medford (term ends 12/31/2020)

Amy Bailey, The Mill Casino (term ends 12/31/2020)
Chris Chester,
CLC Support Services (term ends 12/31/2020)
Jennifer Morkert, LAM Hotels
(term ends 12/31/2020)
Dennis Corwin,
Portland Spirit (Immediate Past President - term ends 12/31/2020)
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
$60/person

 
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 $60 per person 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.
 
Would you like to donate to the silent auction? Please e-mail or mail THIS FORM  to CarolR@rosefestival.org.
 
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 book online using the code  OTTA24WA .

Please reserve your room no later than January 6 to receive the discounted rate and guarantee your room.
OTTA Winter Meeting
 
Friday, January 24
8:30 am - 2:00 pm 
Portland Spirit, 2nd level
Board at the Salmon Street Springs Dock
1020 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204

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

Join us for our Winter Meeting aboard the Portland Spirit overlooking the Willamette River in downtown Portland. The educational component of the meeting will help you take the mystery out of trade shows. Whether you work the show floor or never leave your property and simply work the leads, there is a strategy for you.

Working with the International Market and Receptive Tour Operators  
  • Speaker: Billie Moser, Travel Portland 
Panel Discussion Part 1 -  Following up on OTTA Leads and Partnering with Each Other to Better Promote Your Business or Area

Moderated by Greg Eckhart, Travel Oregon

Speakers:
  • Greg Eckhart, Travel Oregon - International markets
  • Jenna Wheatley, Travel Oregon - Domestic markets
  • Jamie Mckinny, America's Hubworld Tours - The do's and don'ts from a tour operator's perspective 
  • Meg Trendler, Travel Lane County - Engaging people to sell your area as a DMO
  • Nathan Boese, Portland Spirit - Successful follow-up from an attraction
  • Scott Hartcorn, Shilo Inn & Suites - Successful follow-up from a Hotelier
Panel Discussion Part 2 - Fabulous Follow-Ups & Profile Sheets

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 book online using the code OTTA24WA.
 
Please reserve your room no later than January 6 to receive the discounted rate and guarantee your room.


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.
 

Final Order of OTTA Jacket Orders - Order by January 3!
 
Show off your Oregon pride and support OTTA by purchasing this one-of-a-kind  "I love Oregon" jacket! This will be our FINAL order of jackets, so don't miss out!
 
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 retail. To receive your jacket in time for OTTA's Winter meeting in Portland, we must have your order by Friday, January 3 at 5 pm. 
 
$45 - Women's non-hooded jacket with microfleece lining
$45 - Men's non-hooded jacket with microfleece lining
$45 - Women's jacket with a hood and knit polyester lining (pictured)
 
Click here to order your jacket before 5:00 pm on Friday, January 3! 
OTTA Member Profile
Thelma Haggenmiller, Slow Poke Tours

 
Thelma was one of the first of Oregon Tour and Travel Task Force members that Chris Chester met while working for Travel Oregon. Her knowledge and history of our organization is so very important. As our second member profile, it seemed fitting to hear from one of our first members.
 
Most people don't know that two male friends and Thelma were inside the 'red zone' on the north side of Mt. Saint Helens during the 2nd major eruption, the weekend after the original eruption on May 18, 1980. They wanted to experience, firsthand, what had happened to the areas around the mountain. Thelma now shares the four notebooks of photos she took and the stories of that adventure with visitors she takes on a Tour to the Mountain.
 
Thelma doesn't remember what year it was, but she does remember why they got together to discuss establishing an organizational structure. At that time a lot of Group Tourism Industry people were unhappy with what was happening, or not happening, at the State Tourism level. The OTTA January newsletter will contain more for the history of Group Travel and Task Force or GTTF.
 
Primarily Sue Keys, who was the GM at the Sunnyside Inn at that time, got Thelma interested in getting together. There were 5 Tourism Industry people at the first meeting she was invited to attend. Beverley Meehan, the GM at the Crown Plaza, Dee Denton, the Lake Oswego Chamber Executive Director, plus one other person, but she can't remember who that was.
 
There was no "organization" when she was first invited to a meeting by Sue Keys. Organizing was one of the discussion items at the first meeting she attended.
 
Networking and information sharing are the two invaluable benefits Thelma has derived from membership in OTTA. As a 'Step-On Guide' one must be a "Jack of all Knowledge, Master of None." Knowing who the current contacts are and what is taking place in the various areas of the state are key factors in her ability to share information.
 
Thelma truly appreciates 'themed' OTTA" meetings. She thoroughly enjoyed the October 2018 OTTA meeting in Astoria that focused on the Oregon Film Industry. That meeting stirred all kinds of ideas to share with the people she works closely within the Oregon City Tourism/Heritage community. Over the years many Film and TV productions have taken place in the Oregon City area. They also have a great partner for holding a "Film Festival" showing some of those productions. More to come soon on the development of these ideas ... all because of that October 2018 OTTA meeting.
Mark Your Calendar! 
 
January 10-14     American Bus Association Marketplace, Omaha  
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

UPCOMING OTTA DATES
January 23          Board meeting, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m., Hotel Rose
January 23          Annual Night Out, 5:30 - 8:30 pm, Hotel Rose
January 24          Winter Meeting, 8:30 am - 2:00 pm, Portland Spirit
April 5                  Board Meeting, 12:00-4:00 pm, Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites
April 5                  FAM/Social, 4:00 pm, Ashland
April 6                  Spring Meeting, 8:30 am - 2:00 p.m. Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites
 
Please contact Chris Chester at chrisLchester@hotmail.com if you want to add a calendar item for the next newsletter.


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