Oregon Governor’s Conference Descends On Bend Oregon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 8, 2010

Contact: Doug LaPlaca, Visit Bend, 541-382-8048, doug@visitbend.com Justin Yax, DVA Advertising/PR, 541-389-2411, justin@dvaadv.com

2010 OREGON GOVERNOR’S CONFERENCE ON TOURISM DESCENDS ON BEND, APRIL 11-13 AT THE RIVERHOUSE CONVENTION CENTER More than 400 tourism leaders from across the state expected to attend, including Governor Kulongoski

(BEND, Ore.)—The 2010 Oregon Governor’s Conference on Tourism, co-hosted by Visit Bend and the Riverhouse Convention Center, will take place in Bend April 11-13. This marks the first time in the 26-year history of the conference that the three-day event will be hosted in Bend.

“Hosting a conference of this magnitude is an honor for the City of Bend, and is a testament to the economic impact that investment in tourism infrastructure can provide,” said Doug LaPlaca, president and CEO of Visit Bend. “With the Riverhouse Convention Center, Bend now boasts the facilities and infrastructure needed to accommodate groups of this size, something that was not logistically possible before.”

Approximately 450 attendees representing tourism-related businesses and organizations from across the state are expected to attend the conference, which includes the Industry Achievement Awards on Sunday, followed by two days of tourism related workshops on Monday and Tuesday.

“Tourism is such a critical part of Bend’s economic engine, and hosting the Governor’s Conference there is a reflection of the City’s tourism promotion efforts and accomplishments in recent years,” said Todd Davidson, CEO of Travel Oregon. “It’s a great opportunity for Bend to showcase its recreational, cultural and other tourism assets to an influential statewide audience.”

About Visit Bend:

Visit Bend is a non-membership, non-profit economic development organization dedicated to promoting tourism on behalf of the City of Bend. For more information or to order a complimentary Official Visitor’s Guide to Bend, contact Visit Bend at 800-949-6086 or visit www.visitbend.com.