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Local Tourism Awards Announced at Visitor Industry Celebration 2015

Published: May 01, 2015

Eugene, Ore. - On Monday, May 4, travel and tourism professionals will gather at the Travel Lane County Visitor Industry Celebration to recognize the outstanding work that helped bring in over $609.9 million in visitor spending to Lane County last year.

The luncheon will be held at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts, and will celebrate exceptional tourism achievements in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region. Special guests this year include Travel Oregon CEO and recently appointed U.S. Travel National Chair, Todd Davidson.

"The Visitor Industry Celebration gives us the opportunity to share the economic importance of tourism to our area and acknowledge excellent work in our industry," says CEO and President of Travel Lane County, Kari Westlund. "We are continuing to see our combined efforts establish the Eugene, Cascades and Coast region as a great visitor destination."

The event will also serve as the launch of Travel Lane County's mobile visitor center, dubbed Mike the Bike. Inspired by Eugene's bike-friendly status, and funded by the Travel Oregon Matching Grants Program, Travel Lane County's Mike the Bike visitor center will be cycling around Eugene during National Tourism Week and into the future.

"The bike visitor center is a unique way for us to show visitors and locals the world class destination that surrounds us," says Interim Community Relations Director, Samara Phelps. "Our local partners Bike Friday, MAC Group and Turell Group were essential in bringing the Mike the Bike project to life. We can't wait to start showing it off!"

For additional information on the Visitor Industry Celebration or the Mike the Bike mobile visitor center, contact Travel Lane County at (541) 484-5307 or (800) 547-5445.

About Travel Lane County

Travel Lane County markets and promotes the Eugene, Cascades and Coast region as a destination for travel, conventions, meetings and events. It is a private, nonprofit association dedicated to economic development through visitor spending, which pumped more than $609.9 million into Lane County, Oregon's economy in 2014.

Travel Lane County's mobile visitor center, Mike the Bike, is a project made possible by a grant from the Oregon Tourism Commission.