Travel Southern Oregon will once again host 30 top tour operators from around the world for the Oregon Road Rally. The tourism professionals and in-country representatives will spend two days in April visiting Ashland, Central Point, Grants Pass, Roseburg, Klamath Falls and Crater Lake on this familization tour.

Their first stop will be at Crater Lake on Tuesday, April 4 for lunch and snowshoeing. After, suggested stops include Collier Memorial State Park Logging Museum, Favell Museum of Western Art & Indian Artifacts, Baldwin Hotel Museum, and Klamath Basin Brewing before arriving at their mandatory stop, Running Y Ranch Resort for a gourmet dinner and overnight stay. The following morning, Wednesday, April 5 they are off to Ashland Springs Hotel to meet with Travel Ashland and Oregon Shakespeare Festival staff before stopping by the Southern Oregon Artisan Corridor for lunch. The afternoon's suggested stops include Hellgate Jetboat Excursions, Glass Forge, and Climate City in Grants Pass and the Parrot House and Paul O’Brien Winery in Roseburg.

Their visit here is part of a week of whirlwind activities around the state, led by Travel Oregon staff. The objective is to showcase Oregon’s great attributes to the operators so they can in turn, can tell their clients.

According to Gabi Duarte, Travel Oregon’s global sales project manager, last year's trip was an incredible success.

“The team here are Travel Oregon can’t thank you enough for helping us put together an incredible inaugural Oregon Road Rally. We have received a number of emails from participants in the last two days thanking Oregon and its partners for an amazing trip. We have heard time and time again that this was “The Best” fam they have ever been on.”

Ms. Die Jin, an Oregon Road Rally guest, gets a good look at glass blowing during a visit to The Glass Forge in Grants Pass.
Photo by Dan Shryock