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Ashland, OR 97520
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Visitor & Convention Bureau Committee 2012-13

Left to Right: Rick Saul, Mt. Ashland Ski Area; Drew Gibbs, Alchemy Restaurant; Vicki Capp, The Iris Inn Bed & Breakfast; Julie Gurwell, Oregon Cabaret Theatre; Graham Sheldon, Ashland Creek Inn; Katharine Flanagan, Staff, Director of VCB & Marketing; Dustin Way, Rogue Valley Roasting Co.; Brad Niva, Rogue Wilderness and Wine Hopper Tours; Deb Cleland, Waterstone Spa & Salon; Lisa Beam, Pasta Piatti/Sesame Asian Kitchen & Don Anway, Ashland Springs Hotel.   Picture by Jutdith Pavlik

 

Promoting Ashland


The Chamber began creating promotional literature in the early 1900’s encouraging visitors and new residents to come to Ashland through a variety of campaigns that continue today to showcase our beautiful town. “Where the Palm and the Pine Meet” promoted the mild climate in the early 1900’s and “Ashland Grows while Lithia Flows” encouraged people to come to Ashland for the health of its waters. In the 1980’s, it was “Ashland Loves Company”. Ashland’s agriculture and, in particular, the fruit grown here was really promoted to encourage people to move here and grow the peaches, pears and apples.  Campaigns and themes continue today that focus on Ashland as a destination for health and wellness, mild climate, exceptional produce, culinary offerings, beautiful surroundings, outdoor adventures and  warm hospitality. 
   
While always working to promote tourism, it wasn’t until 1982 that the Chamber was able to formalize a Visitor and Convention Bureau with an annual grant from the City of Ashland which they continue to have today to promote the community.  Those early “pioneers” of promoting Ashland recognized the economic importance of showcasing our community to potential visitors, thereby, not only promoting business, but increasing tax revenues and expanding the amenities that residents enjoy as well.  The programs and events have grown substantially over the years resulting in strong industry relationships, business growth through the seasons and a respect of the tourism industry and its impact on the city. Tourism is promoted year-round with a primary emphasis on the fall, winter and spring seasons through marketing campaigns, special events and festivals.  Hundreds of community members volunteer their time to provide information services and to assist in coordinating marketing programs and events.​

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