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OTTA Fall Meeting – Oregon’s Greatest Hits!

Pendleton Convention Center 1601 Westgate, Pendleton, OR 97801

Online registration is now closed.  You can register on-site at the Pendleton Convention Center.

Monday, October 2, 2023
4:00 – 7:00 pm
Pendleton FAM sponsored by Travel Pendleton

4:00 pm           Meet at A Piece of Pendleton, Located at 369 S Main Street – A storefront owned and operated by Pendleton Underground Tour, this maker’s market contains only items handmade in Pendleton, Oregon. Browse local makers work and speak to some of the makers in attendance about their craft.

4:25 pm           The Pendleton Air Museum – A short walk next door to the Pendleton Air Museum to see Pendleton’s Army Air Base and War history, including the famous Doolittle Raiders and the Triple Nickles Parachute Infantry Battalion.

4:45 pm            The Pendleton Underground Tour – A lively look into Pendleton’s colorful history!  Follow guide Matt Ramirez underground on a tour through hidden card rooms, Chinese laundry services, historic markets, and secret passageways under the prism glass sidewalk tiles.  If you are up for it, climb the stairs to Madam Stella Darby’s “Cozy Rooms” and learn why Pendleton was known as the entertainment capital of Eastern Oregon!

6:00 pm           The Shamrock Card Room – Enjoy drinks, appetizers, and signature cocktails in The Shamrock Underground Card Room at the conclusion of the Underground Tour.

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

8:30 am – 2:00 pm
Pendleton Convention Center
Sponsored by the Pendleton Convention Center

OTTA Fall Itinerary Session!
Connect with your fellow industry peers from around the state as we workshop through Oregon’s latest and greatest stops and experiences! Group travel has changed, and more individualized experiences are highly sought after. A focus this year will be on some of the smaller venues that are better suited for 10-24 people.  Be prepared to share what’s new in your area! OTTA Itineraries live on the Oregon Tour & Travel Alliance website and are used by Travel Oregon staff when they attend travel shows such as NTA and IPW. The best way to be included on an itinerary is to be at this meeting and represent!  As a bonus, you’ll hear firsthand about what’s going on around the state.

Draft Agenda:

8:30-9:00 am • Registration and Networking
9:00-9:20 am
• Welcome and around-the-room introductions
9:20-9:30 am
• Committee Updates
9:30-9:50 am • Travel Portland & Travel Oregon Updates
9:50-10:45 am
• Speaker:  Ragan Andrew
10:45-11:00 am
• Break
11:00 am-12:00 pm
• Itinerary Building
11:45 am -12:45 pm • Lunch
12:45-1:45 pm • Continue Itinerary Building
1:45 pm • Raffle Drawing & Closing Remarks
2:00 pm • Adjourn

Speaker: Ragan Andrew

Ragan Andrew is a Certified Travel Professional (CTP), and an established Group Tour Operator based in St. Louis, Missouri. With an extensive 16-year background as the Tourism & Events Coordinator for the City of Long Beach, WA, Ragan has been instrumental in shaping the tourism landscape for rural communities.

During her tenure in Long Beach, Washington, Ragan initiated the innovative Long Beach Packaged Travel Program, showcasing her expertise in group travel. She also played a pivotal role in the Destination Marketing Organization for Long Beach Packaged Travel, contributing to the growth of rural tourism in the region. Furthermore, Ragan’s diverse skill set extends to officiating Beach Destination Weddings, adding a unique touch to the tourism offerings.

In her current role, Ragan has spent two years as a Group Tour Operator, where she excels in crafting captivating itineraries, as well as effectively marketing and selling tours to group leaders. Her wealth of experience, honed over a decade in the group travel industry, has made her a trusted authority in providing memorable travel experiences.

With Ragan Andrew’s unwavering passion for tourism and remarkable accomplishments in both Washington and Missouri, she continues to be a driving force in the travel industry, offering unparalleled expertise to travelers and group leaders alike.

Make your hotel reservations in Pendleton:

Oxford Suites Pendleton
$115 plus tax for a king or double queen

Motolodge Pendleton
$129 plus tax