to Scott West, Executive Director of the
Oregon Lodging Association
for Industry at 20th Annual Conference
SALEM, Ore - May 4, 2004 -- Renewed optimism, innovation and commitment were hallmarks of the 2004 Governor's Conference on Tourism, held April 18-20 in Portland.
Attracting more than 350 participants from all corners of the state, the annual conference show cased new tourism and marketing initiatives underway, as well as the recognition of 12 industry veterans honored by Governor Ted Kulongoski for their commitment to tourism and service to the state.
"With the Tourism Commission's aggressive new advertising campaign, the new 'Brand Oregon' initiative and increased funding on the way, 2004 is a pivotal year for tourism, one of the state's largest industries and a top economic driver," said Governor Kulongoski, a keynote speaker at the event. "While the industry is receiving renewed focus -- attention many feel is long overdue -- these awards help us honor the people whose commitment has never wavered. These are industry leaders quietly at work in all regions of Oregon contributing to the health of tourism and our state."
The winners included:
The 2005 Governor's Conference on Tourism will be held April 10-12, 2005 in Pendleton.
The Oregon Tourism Commission directs the state's tourism marketing and development efforts. The commission currently has a staff of 11 and a $3.9 million biennial budget funded by lottery revenues. Nine commissioners from throughout Oregon oversee all OTC programs.
Oregon Tourism Commission
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