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Last Chance to Register
for the OTTA Spring Meeting


Sunday, April 14, 2019
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
$35 for members and $55 for non members
Hotel Eugene (formally the Eugene Hilton)

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 THIS FORM to tthompson@monarchhotel.cc.
 
All donation forms should be completed and returned no later than April 5, 2019.

See you in Eugene!  
Market Update: Germany 
 
Join Travel Oregon for the inaugural Market Update featuring Germany on April 10, 2019 from 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. In this 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 or CVBs interested in increasing their international visitation and learning more about working with the German market. Register now
Fundraiser for Travis and Amy Parker  
 
As you may or may not already know, Amy Gaddis-Parker, a previous OTTA board member and active member of Oregon's tourism industry, has fallen on hard times as her husband has been diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia. There has been a GoFundMe account created to support the huge financial burden facing their family. Please see below for more information from the GoFundMe page and a link to contribute.
   
Travis Parker was diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia on February 23rd, 2019. He resides in Portland for emergency chemo treatments while his wife Amy travels back to Gold Beach three days a week to work to maintain their health insurance. With the goal of bringing Travis home for treatments in Gold Beach, the Parkers will travel to Eugene for seven days out of every month for the next 18 months to continue intensive chemotherapy treatments. This fund was created to help offset travel costs and clinical chemotherapy treatments. Thank you for supporting us. 
 
2019 Board of Directors

President: Mandy Morgan, Willamette Valley Vineyards - 503.588.9463
 
Vice President: Tammy Thompson, Monarch Hotel & Conference Center - 503.652.1515
 
Secretary: Julie Flues, Columbia River Maritime Museum - 503.325.2323

Treasurer:
  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