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2015 Winter Conference – Please give us your feedback!

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    The board of directors has come up with some great ideas for the 2015 Winter Conference – 12/6 – 12/7 in Medford. We’re planning sessions on topics such as marketing and social media, developing partnerships, and hot topics in the tourism industry.

    One area where we’d really like your ideas and feedback is for the roundtable sessions. We’re looking for four areas relevant to you to inspire some meaningful – and useful – discussions!

    Please let us know if these any of these topics resonate with you – and send us any other topic ideas you’d like to see included.

    – Funding issues / revenue streams
    – Visitor and volunteer services
    – Research / surveys
    – Attracting media attention
    – Vacation rental issues – taxes and zoning

    Thank you! We look forward to seeing you in December!
    Valerie Warren and your ODMO board of directors


    Of course they all do! However, I might add Social Media update to the list also.


    Yes, always of interest – Funding issues / revenue streams
    Yes – Visitor and volunteer services
    Yes, – Research / surveys
    Definitely – Attracting media attention
    Not so much – Vacation rental issues – taxes and zoning

    Other Possible Topics:
    * Working with Event Managers
    * Staffing in a Small/Medium/Large DMO (What are some of the various models out there?)
    * Outsourcing: What are DMOs outsourcing, what are they doing in-house (books, financials, payroll, graphic design, creative development, marketing research, etc…)?
    * Ratios: Payroll & Benefits as a % of budget; Marketing Spend as a % of budget, etc…
    * Grant Writing: Who’s successful, and what are you doing?
    * Board Management: Avoiding pitfalls
    * Working with your local Public Lands managers – Best Practices

    That’s it for now.

     Travel Medford 

    Thank you for the great feedback. We just discussed much of this at DMA West and I would love to here what Oregon DMO’s doing.

    Are you interested in Marijuana Tourism or rules and regulations?


    I’m also curious to know who is interested in more discussion on marijuana tourism – as well as how other areas are handling it. While we are not actively promoting it, we have set up an informational page on our website:


    Our group is sort of unique for a couple reasons: First, we are a border town to California. We’ve been watching to see if there’s been any “tourism” or interest in marijuana either via inquiry or via people coming into our Welcome Center. To date, there has been zero interest. We’ve had several calls from people who want to know if/where/how to start a growing operation. Secondly, Klamath is/was one of the few counties in Oregon that took a “wait & see” approach to implementation. Our County’s very high “NO” vote was significant, which allowed the area to opt-out of the state’s “YES” vote. Our Commissioners validated the majority vote by banning dispensaries until further notice. Yesterday, a group of pro pot advocates filed sufficient signatures via petition (1000) to ensure the measure is revisited on the May 2016 ballet. If I were to speculate, I would say the earlier NO vote will be overturned by the voters in May. At that time, our group may be more inclined to investigate potential promotional opportunities, but we’ve done nothing to-date and nothing is in the works at this time.
    Jim C.

     Jon Rahl, Seaside 

    Hey all-

    The current conference agenda for this year’s meeting has been posted on the conferences page of our website. You can view it here:

    Jon Rahl

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