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Industry news and current affairs
Look in this section for upcoming projects, news, or other call to action announcements.
November 19, 2019 – Albany featured in 1859 insert
Albany Visitors Association and its tourism marketing partners published a seven page insert inside 1859 Magazine’s 2019 Holiday Foodie issue that featured Albany restaurants, lodging, historic districts, the carousel, and Linn County points of interest. 1859 is widely circulated and is a prime travel and tourism glossy publication with a dedicated following.
Albany businesses featured included:
- Lodging: 206 1/2 Historic Hotel, Phoenix Inn Suites, Comfort Suites, Quality Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Best Western Plus Prairie Inn
- Historic: Monteith House Museum, Historic Carousel & Museum, Historic Districts, Albany Regional Museum, Whitespires Church, Christmas Parlour Tour
- Food and Libations: Brick & Mortar Cafe, Frankie’s, Sybaris Bistro, Sweet Red Bistro, Deluxe Brewing, Vault 244 Bistro, Calapooia Brewing Co., Springhill Cellars Winery, The Barn at Hickory Station, Margin Coffee
- Shops and Other Businesses: Oak Creek Collection Marketplace, Eclectic Zebra, Sniffany’s Pet Boutique, Emma Downtown and Emma Sales Closet, The Natty Dresser, Albany Antique Mall, Cronies Vintage & Antique Emporium, Pix Theatre, Albany Civic Theater, Gallery Calapooia, Splatter Box, Restyle Upscale Resale
- Linn County Attractions: Thompson’s Mills State Heritage Site, Talking waters Garden
View the insert and issue
The insert is on page 111 through 118 of the virtual magazine. For print publication, the insert was featured in the front-middle portion of the magazine.
October 28, 2019 – Alexa Oregon Wine Quiz
Oregon is home to more than 760 wineries and 19 distinct growing areas, making it one of the largest wine-grape-producing states in the nation. It’s tough for even the biggest wine aficionados to know everything about Oregon wine. That’s why Travel Oregon created the new “Oregon Wine Quiz” for Alexa users to test their knowledge.
It’s estimated that by 2020, 50% of all searches will be voice searches. Currently 17% of American households have a smart speaker installed. By 2022, this number is anticipated to increase to 66%. The shift to voice search has already begun. The “Oregon Wine Quiz” is a way for Travel Oregon to integrate tourism marketing and voice search and stay ahead in the ever-changing media landscape.
To activate the quiz, simply ask Alexa to “play the Oregon wine quiz.” Users will then be asked a series of questions about Oregon wine. Depending on the answers, users will unlock one of four podcasts, featuring interviews and storytelling from some of Oregon’s most prominent wine industry professionals, including: Travel Southern Oregon, Abacela, Brooks Winery Troon Vineyards, Tuality Healthcare and Willamette Valley Vineyards.
This Alexa application was built by Portland-based agency, Sparkloft Media with content support from the Oregon Wine Board. Are you ready to take your Oregon wine knowledge to the next level? Take the quiz today. For more information, visit TravelOregon.com.
October 2019 – Linn Benton Food Trail Agritourism Project
Albany Visitors Association (AVA) and Visit Corvallis, in partnership with Travel Oregon, are seeking Linn County and Benton County agritourism and culinary businesses to participate in the creation of the “Mid-Willamette Valley Food Trail.”
What is a food trail? It is a grouping of businesses that will be featured in a brochure and on the Travel Oregon website. These businesses should showcase locally sourced products and ingredients, and practice a farm-to-visitor model.
If you own a restaurant, bakery, brewery, winery, or distillery tasting room, farm, ranch, nursery, roadside stand, lodging facility (Air B&B, farm-stay experience, etc.), or any other type of business in Linn or Benton Counties that uses locally produced, sourced and grown ingredients, you may meet the project’s criteria.
Applications will be accepted until November 15, 2019, and we anticipate acceptance decisions by early January. If your application is accepted, you will be required to attend a business training in January or February 2020 — before the official launch of the brochure in March 2020 — to learn more about the program, marketing and agritourism best practices.
If you have additional questions about the program, contact Rebecca Bond (firstname.lastname@example.org) at Albany Visitors Association, or Christina Rehklau (email@example.com) at Visit Corvallis.
Video about the Oregon Food Trails Program
Our friends and partners at Travel Oregon produced the following video snapshot about what defines a food trail and how it can be a major draw for your visitors.
Industry partner links
Travel Oregon and the Oregon Tourism Commission Sign up for industry newsletters, join a targeted tourism development group, participate in workshops, receive hospitality training, attend commission meetings and tourism conferences.
Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association Sign up for podcasts, industry video news, e-newsletters, and a variety of information pertaining to the restaurant and lodging industry—including important legislative bills.
Hospitality Vision A mobile “pocket” concierge and hospitality app developer, providing lodging and tourism partners with welcome screens, hotel digital directories, interactive GPS maps, food delivery systems, iPad concierge lobby services, lobby displays and local business coupons, hotel info channels, and much much more.
Willamette Valley Visitors Association “WVVA” is the tourism-marketing umbrella for destination marketing organizations that fall inside Willamette Valley counties, including Yamhill, Clackamas, Polk, Linn, Lane, Marion and the Mt. Hood Territory. WVVA offers multiple opportunities for industry businesses to obtain grants and training, and ways to keep in touch by subscribing to e-news, and publishing itineraries and blogs of interest to visitors.
Travel & Words Conference This annual conference is produced by a group of travel media and industry professionals who live and work in the Northwest. The goals of the Travel & Words conference are to:
- Explore changes and trends in the freelance travel writing world.
- Facilitate mutually productive networking between destination marketers and freelance writers.
- Support travel and tourism industry professionals who highlight destinations, attractions and all season recreation in Washington, Oregon Idaho, Montana, Alaska and British Columbia.
- Educate participants about the use of social media and online forums in marketing one’s brand related to travel writing.
- Expose freelance writers to potential editorial markets, including print and new media.
- Address best practices of interest to travel writers, bloggers, editors and destination marketers.
Industry associates may find it beneficial to either attend the conference or exhibit as a vendor.
Oregon Governor’s Conference on Tourism Organized by Travel Oregon, this annual conference brings the industry together to educate, inspire and connect tourism stakeholders and business partners. Through innovative programming, the annual conference will help guide and align Oregon’s seven diverse regions. Attend and/or be a sponsor or exhibitor. Anyone in the tourism or hospitality industry can register. The conference is typically held in early spring.