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Travel Oregon Announces 2017

Travel & Tourism Industry Achievement Award

The Oregon Tourism Commission (dba Travel Oregon) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2017 Oregon Travel and Tourism Industry Achievement Awards, presented at the 2018 Oregon Governor's Conference on Tourism in Bend, Ore.

The achievement awards recognize people and organizations that enhance travel and tourism experiences across Oregon. The award recipients are outstanding professionals who demonstrate perseverance and dedication to the state. They go the extra mile. It’s because of their vision and commitment to making Oregon a better place for Oregonians and visitors that this industry is successful. 

The Oregon Heritage Tourism Award honors outstanding incorporation of Oregon’s authentic cultural or natural history to draw visitors to the state. This year, two award recipients were honored:

Oregon Black Pioneers, a Salem-based non-profit that shares the stories of people who weren’t always welcome in Oregon. Though the history is troubled, Oregon Black Pioneers recounts our history with thoughtfulness and inspirational perseverance for new generations. “Racing to Change” is one of their recent projects exhibited at the Oregon Historical Society. The hope for the exhibit is for visitors to feel the love for Oregon’s black pioneers, while also drawing a line to current events “Racing to Change” is a powerful story, one that’s crafted for children, as well as adults. It leaves the visitor with a deep appreciation for Oregon’s black pioneers and a wellspring of hope for the future.


The co-honoree is the City of Woodburn, for its Fiesta Mexicana, a three-day celebration of community and culture. The Fiesta began in 1964 as a celebration to mark the end of the harvest and an expression of gratitude from the community to its farmers and workers. True to its roots, today’s Fiesta celebrates the variety of Latino cultures in Woodburn and the surrounding area through music, dance, food, artisans and sports. Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana acknowledges the critical role Latino community members have played in this region for decades.

In the News

Woodburn Toursim Website LaunchedWoodburn Independent, 09/13/17

Press Releases

August 17, 2017



Woodburn’s newly formed Tourism Advisory Committee (TAC) is conducting a soft launch of its new tourism website:


The City of Woodburn and the Woodburn Area Chamber of Commerce collaborated to bring together a dynamic group of volunteers to serve as the Woodburn Tourism Advisory Committee (TAC). The role of the TAC is to identify strategic priorities and ensure that there is an alignment between the tourism related objectives of the Committee and those of various other local partners and between other local and regional initiatives.  The TAC will also guide and advise staff, City Council and Woodburn Area Chamber of Commerce Board in the development and implementation of programs and priorities for tourism in the Woodburn area.


The group’s first priority was to create a presence for Woodburn and to promote area activities, events and attractions.  Although the site is currently under construction, TAC will reach out to area businesses, tourism attractions, community groups, and more in order to build the virtual inventory of places to eat, shop, see and experience in the Woodburn area.


If you have a local business, attraction, heritage site, etc. please contact TravelWoodburn or submit information to

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