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Heathman Hotel Receives Oregon Sustainable Tourism Leadership Award

SUNRIVER, Ore. – April 28, 2014 – The Oregon Tourism Commission (dba Travel Oregon) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2013 Travel and Tourism Industry Achievement Awards, presented at the 2014 Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Sunriver, Ore.

The annual awards recognize people and organizations across the state that go the extra mile to enhance the travel and tourism industry in Oregon. Nominated by their peers, the award recipients are outstanding examples of professionals who, by virtue of their vision, perseverance and dedication, are a credit to Oregon’s tourism and hospitality industry.

The state’s most prized recognition is the Governor’s Tourism Award. This year’s award was given to Tim Wood, recently retired Director of Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department. An advocate of quality experiences for the more than half-billion visitors to state parks during his tenure, Wood helped to position Oregon as a national leader in natural resource stewardship, cultural resource stewardship and interpretation.

“It’s an honor to recognize Tim for his years of service,” said Todd Davidson, CEO of Travel Oregon. “His affinity for the natural wonders of Oregon and penchant to partner with Travel Oregon and bike proponents throughout the state led to the creation of the only Scenic Bikeways program in the country and an abundance of exceptional State Park opportunities that Oregonians and visitors can enjoy.”

The Oregon Sustainable Tourism Leadership Award recognizes the outstanding leadership, stewardship, philanthropic and socially responsible practices that embody a strong commitment to decreasing the environmental impact of the travel and tourism industry. Two lodging properties were recognized in this category. WildSpring Guest Habitat’s founders, Michelle and Dean Duarte of Port Orford were saluted for their early participation in the Oregon Travel Philanthropy Fund and for their communications around the importance of the sustainable environment at their eco-friendly, zero carbon resort. Portland’s Heathman Hotel and its general manager, Chris Erickson, were also honored for exemplifying sustainable tourism leadership. The property offers electric vehicle charging infrastructure and sustainability packages for guests. The Heathman Hotel was an initial adopter and advocate of Travel Oregon Forever programs, as well.

The Oregon Heritage Tourism Award recognizes outstanding incorporation of Oregon’s authentic cultural or natural history as a way to draw visitors to the state. In light of the Portland Japanese Garden’s 50+ year history and strategic planning for an expansion that will benefit future generations, Stephen Bloom, CEO of the Portland Japanese Garden was lauded with this year’s award. The world-class attraction has provided cultural, creative and educational opportunities for more than 3.5 million visitors.

The Oregon Tourism Commission, dba Travel Oregon, works to enhance visitors’ experience by providing information, resources and trip planning tools that inspire travel and consistently convey the exceptional quality of Oregon. The commission aims to improve Oregonians’ quality of life by strengthening economic impacts of the state’s $9.6 billion tourism industry that employs more than 94,000 Oregonians. www.TravelOregon.com

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