Portland, Ore., will be the 2014 site of Contact, NTA’s popular tour operator retreat, association and Travel Oregon leaders announced.
“Portland has a lot to offer tour operators in terms of specialty travel—adventure, cultural, and wine and culinary—all with an eye toward sustainability,” said Lisa Simon, NTA president, adding that Portland’s youthful appeal plays to Contact’s operator-to-operator strength. “Mutual mentoring in Portland will enable older operators to learn about current trends and technologies, while younger professionals can learn tried-and-true business practices.”
Education sessions tailored for operators are the backbone of Contact, and networking and sightseeing events allow attendees to interact with each other and to discover and develop new product. Next year’s Contact will be the first located in the Pacific Northwest.
“Travel Oregon and Travel Portland are thrilled about hosting NTA Contact 2014,” said Lisa Itel, global sales manager for Travel Oregon. “Portland will be a fantastic host city, and we can’t wait to capture the hearts of NTA with our quirky landmarks, farm-to-table cuisine and world-class pinots.”The three-day retreat is slated for Aug. 7-9, 2014, and will be headquartered at the DoubleTree by Hilton Portland. This year’s Contact is in Hawai`i, the Big Island, on Aug. 15, 16 and 17.