Governor Appoints New Member to Oregon Tourism Commission

May 29, 2015, 11:41 ET from Travel Oregon

SALEM, Ore., May 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Governor Kate Brown has appointed Scott Youngblood to the Oregon Tourism Commission (dba Travel Oregon).  Made up of nine members, the Commission provides expertise and sets policy direction for Travel Oregon staff.  

"Travel Oregon turns inspiration into experience for millions of visitors every year. Those experiences are a vital economic engine for Oregon, as it generates $10.3 billion in economic impact and directly supports more than 101,000 jobs for Oregonians," said Governor Brown. "Appointing Scott to the Oregon Tourism Commission will further enhance the concentrated state effort to help tourism grow and thrive, which is beneficial for all sectors of Oregon's economy."

Youngblood found success in the hospitality industry by working his way up from bussing tables to sales management, overseeing the operation of large hotels and conference centers. The latter part of his career has been split between the Hilton- and Marriott-brand families. In 2014, Youngblood took over as the General Manager of the Embassy Suites hotel at Washington Square.

Youngblood has served on the Board of Directors for the Tri-County Lodging Association, Snohomish County Lodging Association, Minneapolis Hotel Association, and Minnesota Lodging Association. He has also served Mayo Clinic's Destination Medical Center, the Miracles of Mitch Pediatric Cancer Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Stout's Sales Business Development program.

"I'm honored to be appointed to this commission, and look forward to collaborating with my fellow commissioners to help guide Travel Oregon's work to inspire visitors to choose Oregon as their vacation destination," said Youngblood. "I understand the key role travel and tourism plays in our state's economy and the rewarding personal and professional opportunities a career in tourism can offer Oregon's workforce. I'm excited to contribute to the positive effect our industry has on the state."

Karen Utz, the owner of the Black Walnut Inn in Dundee, currently serves as Chair on the Oregon Tourism Commission, with Alana Hughson, President & CEO of the Central Oregon Visitors Association, serving as Vice-Chair.

"We're pleased to welcome Scott to the Oregon Tourism Commission," said Todd Davidson, CEO of Travel Oregon. "The Governor has selected someone who brings extensive experience in the hospitality industry and a complete understanding of the opportunities and positive impacts the tourism industry brings to the state. His insight and experience will be crucial in helping guide Travel Oregon's efforts to generate more jobs in every corner of the state."

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The Oregon Tourism Commission, dba Travel Oregon, works to enhance visitors' experience by providing information, resources and trip-planning tools that inspire travel and consistently convey the exceptional quality of Oregon. The commission improves Oregonians' quality of life by strengthening economic impacts of the state's $10.3 billion tourism industry that employs more than 101,000 Oregonians.

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SOURCE Travel Oregon