MEDFORD – Jim Chadderdon, Executive Director of Discover Klamath, received Travel Southern Oregon’s President’s Award for his leadership in promoting Southern Oregon as a tourism destination. The award was presented to him March 7 at the organization’s 2016 marketing symposium held at Seven Feathers Casino Resort in Canyonville.

Chadderdon, who has led Klamath County’s official tourism entity since January 2009, was selected by Travel Southern Oregon’s leadership team for his partnerships with destination marketing organizations, government and local officials to elevate tourism throughout the region.

“Jim has a relentless energy for promoting tourism, and not just in Klamath but all over Southern Oregon,” said Bob Hackett, president of Travel Southern Oregon. “His energy, the number of projects he conceives, works on and follows through all the way is just impressive.”

Through Chadderdon’s efforts, the promotion of Crater Lake National Park’s car-free days spiraled up in 2015. Discover Klamath created a website, marketing campaign and support infrastructure devoted to September’s Ride the Rim, growing the event from a few hundred participants to more than 2,300 from 20 states and seven nations. 

Chadderdon works closely with Amtrak, regional airlines and state and federal agencies to boost tourism in Klamath County and Southern Oregon.

“Travel Southern Oregon is an awesome organization with a tremendous, rich heritage of promoting southern Oregon successfully, effectively and efficiently,” said Chadderdon. “The fact that I received this award is very humbling because there are so many people who are doing a fantastic job of promoting our region.”