OTE - Oregon Travel Experience

January 2009

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Outstanding Industry Partner: Maria Ponzi Fogelstrom

The Travel Information Council is proud to acknowledge this quarter’s outstanding industry partner Maria Ponzi Fogelstrom. Maria is the Director of Sales & Marketing for Ponzi Vineyards. She was appointed to our council by the governor in January 2006. She has represented the Travel Information Council for the last two years in Washington DC at the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA) Leadership Summit, meant to inform our elected officials about issues relating to tourism and has been actively working with staff on developing a new roadway designation. In addition to serving on our council she is a board member of the Oregon Culinary Tourism Association, and continues to be active in the Washington County Winery Association, Oregon Pinot Camp and sip for SOLV.“She brings a very valuable perspective to the table” says Cheryl Gribskov.

Ponzi Vineyards was founded in 1970 and is internationally acclaimed for producing some of the world’s finest Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and White Riesling.

New Mission Statement Crafted

A new mission statement for our organization came from a thought provoking retreat held last fall with Council members and staff. The day long retreat set the tone for the New Year and new programs including our new Heritage Division.

“The Oregon Travel Information Council’s Mission is to create a great visitor experience by providing direction to destinations, connecting travelers with Oregon resources, and enhancing safe and convenient travel.”

The Vision
Is to create and deliver quality services and products that benefit transportation and tourism needs now and in the future for Oregon. To accomplish our goals we will continue to collaborate and facilitate partnerships to create an integrated system of resources for travelers and to help leverage our resources. We are a semi independent state agency with respect for the past, excitement about the present and have optimism for the future.

Thank you to all of our partners and we wish you all the best in the coming year!

Siskiyou Welcome Center Update

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners is set to hear testimony from the Oregon Department of Transportation regarding the Siskiyou Rest Area/Welcome Center project. The hearing is scheduled for January 7, 2009 at 1:30PM at the Jackson County Courthouse Auditorium, 10 S. Oakdale, Medford, Oregon.

The Planning Commission has recommended that the project move forward and it is now up to the Board of Commissioners for final approval. All previous testimony and letters of support will remain at the planning commission so the Board will not have access to that information.

Please consider writing a letter in support or plan on coming to the hearing to testify in person. You may contact Travel Information Council (marypat@oregontic.com) or the Southern Oregon Visitor Association for sample letters.

Letters will need to be addressed to each commissioner: Dennis C.W. Smith, Dave Gilmour and Jack Walker.

This project is vital for safety, tourism and economic development throughout the state.

New TIC Council Member Appointed

We are excited to welcome Brodie to the Council! Brodie is the Business Development Manager for Flexcar/Zipcar representing the Vehicular Services Industry.  He has prior involvement with the Board of the Westside Transportation Alliance, Leadership Portland and involvement in Sustainability programs.

Zipcar is a car sharing company that uses technology and a member driven user experience to “fuel” this idea. It’s about less cars, less congestion, less pollution and sustainable solutions allowing their members 24/7 access to cars around the globe.

Brodie is excited about the opportunity to serve, as to some extent TIC “is a primary touch point for many travelers, it functions to some extent as the face of Oregon. The opportunity for the state to imbed important impressions about the states sustainability values through TIC is therefore significant.”

TIC CEO Cheryl Gribskov says she is “impressed with both his business savvy as well as his commitment to the environment.”

Sign Prices to Remain the Same

The Travel Information Council provides interstate logo signs, off interstate logo signs, tourist oriented directional signs and museum signs. Many businesses view theses signs as a critical form of advertisement for their businesses.  The signs are under the jurisdiction of the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices and have specific guidelines we must follow. The Travel Information Council understands how important these signs are to the business community and recognize the unique economic climate we are experiencing. To that end the council voted unanimously, at the last quarterly meeting to keep the price of these signs at their current level even though we too are affected by escalating costs, in an effort to help in these tough economic times.


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