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SOURCE Travel Oregon
SALEM, Ore., June 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Governor John Kitzhaber has appointed Don Anway to the Oregon Tourism Commission (dba Travel Oregon). Made up of nine members, the Commission provides expertise and sets policy direction for Travel Oregon staff. Anway will fill a vacancy created by the departure of Hank Hickox, General Manager of Bandon Dunes Resort, who will complete eight years of service in June. Anway's term begins July 1.
"The tourism industry generates $9.6 billion in economic impact in Oregon and supports nearly 94,000 jobs," the Governor said. "This new appointment will help carry forward the intensive state effort to help tourism grow and thrive, which is good for all sectors of Oregon's economy."
Anway is the General Manager of the Neuman Hotel Group, which manages Ashland Springs Hotel, Lithia Springs Resort, Ashland Hills & Suites and Inn at the Commons. He began his career in the tourism industry as a hotel front desk clerk while pursuing his B.S. degree in Accounting at the University of Phoenix in Tucson, Ariz. Anway and his family moved to the Rogue Valley after falling in love with the region in 1999. He has served as Chair of the Ashland Visitors and Convention Bureau (AVCB) and Board of Directors for the Ashland Chambers of Commerce and is a current member of AVCB.
"I am excited to join in collaboration with the other members of the Oregon Tourism Commission and the wonderful staff at Travel Oregon," said Anway. "We live in a beautiful state with so many opportunities for adventure and celebration of everything Oregon has to offer. I look forward to being a part of this team of Oregon Dreamers."
Karen Utz, the owner of the Black Walnut Inn in Dundee, currently serves as Chair on the Oregon Tourism Commission, with Alana Hughson, President & CEO of the Central Oregon Visitors Association, serving as Vice-Chair.
"Tourism is the economic engine that fuels small business development and generates revenue in every corner of the state," said Todd Davidson, CEO of Travel Oregon. "We are pleased to welcome Don to the Oregon Tourism Commission. The Governor has selected an insightful and experienced person with the capability to advance the tourism industry in our state."
To learn more about the Oregon Tourism Commission go to Industry.TravelOregon.com.
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 improves Oregonians' quality of life by strengthening economic impacts of the state's $9.6 billion tourism industry that employs nearly 94,000 Oregonians. www.TravelOregon.com
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