The Oregon Tourism Commission announced the recipients of the 2015 Travel and Tourism Industry Achievement Awards, presented at the 2016 Governor’s Conference on Tourism last week. The annual awards recognize people and organizations across the state that go the extra mile to enhance the travel and tourism industry in Oregon. The International Sales and Development Award recognizes excellence in the creative sales, marketing and development of Oregon as a destination in the international marketplace. The award was given to Lorna Davis, Executive Director of the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce.
An ambassador for the state, Davis helps sell Oregon to visitors across the globe through creative and collaborative efforts at international trade shows and by facilitating familiarization tours. The Oregon Tourism Leadership Award recognizes individuals who champion the value of tourism and whose leadership behind the scenes contributes significantly to the recognition and impact of Oregon’s travel and tourism industry. Paving the way for the next generation to gain knowledge and a growing passion for tourism, Waldport High Teacher Melissa Steinman, who helped to establish the Kayak Shack in Waldport, earned the award. Steinman received a grant to fund tourism curriculum to allow students to learn more about getting jobs in coastal tourism and rural marketing.