Oregon Tour & Travel Alliance
Message from Your President

Happy September to you all!

After surveying the membership and extensive discussion, the Board has voted to change our Fall meeting to a virtual format. As much as we would all prefer to see one another in person, the Delta variant is very real and many of us are still short staffed and/or not budgeted for travel. We appreciate the Neuman Hotel Group and the Ashland Springs for being gracious in allowing us to postpone our event another year and we are looking at dates with them for October/November 2022.

Our Fall meeting will now take place via Zoom from 2pm-4pm on Wednesday, October 27th. Look for program information and registration soon. We would love to see all of your fabulous faces, even if only in 2D!

For those of you who are in the process of budgeting (sorry for bringing up the “B” word), we are remaining optimistic about holding an in-person meeting and night out event in January (this would be in the Portland Metro area) as well as our Spring meeting, held in tandem with the Oregon Governor’s Conference, currently scheduled for March 14-16, 2022 in Sunriver.  

On a different note, I’d like to extend a sincere thank you to Mandy Morgan, our steadfast Immediate Past President and Governance Chair, who has taken on the task of updating both our By-laws and policy handbook. You will be sent copies of these documents at least two weeks prior to our meeting. We ask that you please review the By-laws prior to the Fall meeting as we will call for a vote to adopt during that meeting.

Wishing you all continued good health, safety and perseverance.

Tammy Thompson
OTTA President
Hotelco, LLC
OTTA Fall Virtual Meeting
Gearing up for the Trade Season

October 27, 2021
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Members - Free • Non-Members - $25

Tradeshow season is starting and likely budgets have not bounced back as fast to return to these first in-person conferences as we transition into recovery. Let’s use this session to workshop together, refresh material, think beyond the summer travel season and find ways to keep members represented at shows they can’t physically attend.
Support OTTA's 2021 Fundraising Activities 
Year Long 50/50 Raffle 

$450 raised to date
the more sold the more the winner will receive

3 tickets for $10
7 tickets for $20
20 tickets for $50

Start buying your 50/50 raffle tickets now! You can buy some every day, every week or every month. The raffle pot will keep growing until October 27! 50% of the pot will be given to a lucky winner on October 27.
Oregon Bamboo Cutting Boards for Sale 

$43 (Includes shipping) 
Support OTTA and celebrate your favorite regions of Oregon while slicing, dicing and chopping on this cute bamboo cutting board. Also great as a decorative piece or sending as a gift to loved ones. Each cutting board measures 14.5" L x 10.75" W x 0.62" H and includes the Oregon Tour and Travel Alliance logo on the back.  
Member Profile: Kristi Reed

Kristi was born and raised and Salem, OR.  With a passion of travel and service, she went to School in Providence, RI, and graduated from Johnson and Wales University. Deciding to move to California, Kristi got a job at Disneyland and was there for almost two years. Moving back to MA after that time, she soon met her husband to be, Michael, got married and moved home to Salem. They have been married for 28 years and have two sons, Andrew and Meyer. Kristi has worked for her company, VIP’s Industries, Inc. for 28 years. She has a passion for photography and has also worked most Saturdays for the past 22 years at a camera shop in Dallas, OR.

Kristi has been involved with 15 plus years. Jill Ingalls was that OTTA person that she met and connected her to our organization. To the question related to benefits of OTTA, Kristi said this, “Education is big. Relationships and Partnerships across Oregon and the region are key. I love the team aspect of our group. We’ve booked repeat business from efforts through OTTA!”

Lasting thoughts related to COVID and this past year: Be kind. For everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.
Upcoming January Night Out

Coming soon! January general meeting and Night Out in Portland. Watch for dates and information in the upcoming months for OTTA’s Annual Night Out. Because of COVID restrictions and safety concerns, last year’s event was cancelled. Recently we had to cancel our meeting in Ashland and postpone one year to 2022. We are all travel “junkies” and so looking forward to meeting in person, safely. Our goal is to make that happen in January of 2022. 
News Around the State

Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce Administrative Assistant Opening: Seeking a dynamic and energetic Administrative Assistant to enhance and support the organization and Visitor Center. The Administrative Assistant is a key role within the Chamber. This position interacts with Chamber members, Board Directors, the Executive Director and the general public daily, making a positive and solutions-oriented mindset a must. The assistant is also responsible for a wide variety of clerical functions and general office, support. This is an exciting and ever-evolving role, with opportunities to have real-time impact on the success of the organization and the community. A full job description and applications instructions may be found at Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce - Administrative Assistant - Job Description - Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce, OR
Frazier Fall Family FestivalOctober 9, 2021, from 11-4 p.m. Free Family Fun! Games, Crafts, Food, Stories and Vendors from the Walla Walla Valley. Opening dedication ceremony of the new Tipi. Thank you to the Milton Freewater School District for providing the funds to purchase our new Tipi.
Steins Pillar

Top Ten Adventure Spots in Central Oregon: 10 Top Adventure Spots in Central Oregon - Travel Oregon
Co-Create the Future of Oregon Tourism:
Stakeholder Workshops

The world is changing, agility to adapt to a quickly shifting tourism landscape is needed, and social justice and racial equity are at the forefront of our decisions. The chance to make transformational changes is necessary and now.
To seize this opportunity, Travel Oregon is undergoing a 2021-2025 Transformational Strategic Planning - Travel Oregon to build a new, longer-term transformational vision and strategy – one that helps future-proof the industry and positions us to better manage and support Oregon’s lands and waters, our visitors, and one another. Your input during these workshops will have direct impact on Oregon’s tourism vision for the future the industry and positions us to better manage and support Oregon’s lands and waters, our visitors, and one another. Your input during these workshops will have direct impact on Oregon’s tourism vision for the future, and how we work together with your region to achieve this vision in areas of resource allocation, product development, promotion and more.

Please register for your region’s workshop:

  • Willamette Valley | Oct. 4, 1-3:45 p.m. | Register
  • Mt. Hood & The Columbia River Gorge | Oct. 7, 2-4:45 p.m. | Register
  • Portland Region | Oct. 8, 9-11:45 a.m. | Register
  • Eastern Oregon | Oct. 12, 9-11:45 a.m. | Register
  • Central Oregon | Oct. 13, 9-11:45 a.m. | Register
  • Oregon Coast | Oct. 14, 9-11:45 a.m. | Register
  • Southern Oregon | Oct. 15, 9-11:45 a.m. | Register
Calendar of Events

October 5 - Oregon Tourism Commission Meeting - Travel Oregon
October 17 - 23 - 2021 Oregon Outdoor Recreation Summit - Travel Oregon

Oregon Tour & Travel Alliance