Oregon Represented on National Advisory Committee on Travel and Tourism Infrastructure

The United States Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx, appointed Travel Oregon CEO, Todd Davidson to serve on the National Advisory Committee on Travel and Tourism Infrastructure (NACTTI).   “I am honored to be appointed to the National Advisory Committee on Travel and Tourism Infrastructure,” said Todd Davidson, CEO of the Oregon Tourism Commission, dba Travel…

Travel Oregon Wins National Tourism Industry Award

Recognized for Best Broadcast Advertising for 7 Wonders of Oregon Television Spots   Winners of the National Council of State Tourism Directors (NCSTD) 2016 Mercury awards were announced this week during U.S. Travel Association’s annual Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations (ESTO) conference held this year in Boca Raton, Fla. The NCSTD honored Travel Oregon with…

Tree Houses Now Available at Skamania Lodge

By Lori Kimbel   The Columbia River Gorge never lacks for things to see and do and a favorite to locals and visitors alike is Skamania Lodge, which has recently gone through a bit of a renaissance. Luckily for those who like things a little on the wild side, this renaissance includes luxury tree houses…

Tourism Spending In Oregon Surges For Sixth Consecutive Year

Travel and tourism industry grows to $10.8 billion, fuels economic activity statewide with travel-related spending and employment   The Oregon Tourism Commission, dba Travel Oregon, confirms that 2015 was the travel industry’s sixth consecutive year of accelerated growth and economic impact, reaching new heights in revenues for the state. Independent findings by Dean Runyan Associates…

Washington Maverick John Kueber Creates Jrrny.com

By Lori Kimbel   John Kueber’s first attempt at public office, a bid for president of the junior high he had just started attending where he was known mostly as ‘the new kid’, taught him a lot about failure. Kueber lost the election by a landslide. “I didn’t really let it bug me,” he said….

Queen of the Mississippi Headed to the Columbia and Snake Rivers

American Cruise Lines double capacity on the Columbia and Snake Rivers   American Cruise Lines announced August 3, 2015 the Queen of the Mississippi (to be renamed) will join the Queen of the West in the Pacific Northwest on the Columbia and Snake Rivers.   This three-year-old vessel, with all oversized staterooms and private balconies,…

Travel Oregon CEO Todd Davidson Appointed as U.S. Travel National Chair

The U.S. Travel Association on Thursday announced the appointment of Todd Davidson, CEO of Travel Oregon, as its new national chair. Davidson, who previously served as the association’s first vice chair, succeeds Interstate Hotels & Resorts CEO Jim Abrahamson.   “We are thrilled to welcome Todd as our new national chair,” said U.S. Travel Association…

Travel Oregon Brings Back Popular ‘7 Wonders of Oregon’ Campaign

The Oregon Tourism Commission, dba Travel Oregon, is re-launching the state’s most successful marketing campaign to date: “The 7 Wonders of Oregon.” Introduced last spring, the campaign contributed to nearly 10 percent growth in statewide lodging revenue in 2014 over 2013, according to STR, Inc. What’s more, Travel Oregon’s fan base grew by more than…

Historical Gilbert Inn in Seaside Offers a Peaceful Getaway

By Lori Kimbel   After some pre-travel exploring online, we stumbled across the Historic Gilbert Inn website and knew it was just the kind of place we needed to stay before the long cold winter of northeast Oregon sets in; we were not disappointed with our choice.   The Queen Ann style home, built by…

Eagle Cap Excursion Train Announces 2015 Schedule

ELGIN, OREGON__The Friends of the Joseph Branch and Wallowa Union Railroad have announced this year’s schedule for the Eagle Cap Excursion Train. The plan was approved recently by the Wallowa Union Railroad Authority at their January meeting in Wallowa. This is the third year the Friends of the Joseph Branch, a non-profit organization, will operate…

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