Event Agenda

On-Site Event Agenda

Monday, March 23

1:00pm – 5:30pm Go West Summit Registration. Pick up your welcome bag and event credentials at the Oregon Convention Center.
5:30pm – 7:30pm Buyer Welcome Reception. Location to be announced.

Tuesday, March 24 - Education Day

7:00am – 5:30pm Go West Summit Registration. Oregon Convention Center.
8:00am – 3:00pm Portland Site Tour (Buyers Only, Please). Details here. Log in to submit your RSVP.
8:00am – 9:10am State Caucus Sessions—Meet with suppliers from your state to discuss the latest news and programs and plan your Go West Summit strategy. Every state sponsor is given the opportunity to present a session.
9:30am – 10:30am International Travel Forecast 2020

This session is designed to help suppliers focus their international promotion efforts in the right markets using the U.S. Department of Commerce’s data. Which countries had the highest inbound-U.S. visitation? To which states did they travel? Did Go West destinations see declines? What does the future hold for international tourism? Presented by Julie Heizer, Deputy Director, Industry Relations, US Department of Commerce.

12:00pm – 1:15pm Lunch
Afternoon Education Sessions

– Contracting with Receptive Operators
– The Politics of Tourism
– Ask the Operator
– Experienced Supplier Panel: What Works for Us
Developing trends in technology and social media sessions to be
announced.

4:40pm – 5:15pm

How-To-Summit

Increase your chances of a successful summit! Learn everything from presenting your business card, to creative appointment tips. This session covers the basics of navigating Go West Summit. Presented by Barbara Bowman, Bowman and Associates, and Lena Ross, America 4 You.

5:30pm – 8:30pm

Welcome Reception - The Redd on Salmon Street

Start your Go West Summit with a taste of the Oregon food and drink you’ve been hearing about. At the opening event you’ll tour the regions of Oregon where you can find farm-to-fork foods, try world’s best wines and celebrate the Oregon spirit of fun and adventure. All wrapped up with a hint of magic that makes visitors return to Oregon again and again.
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Wednesday, March 25

7:00am – 5:30pm Go West Summit Registration
7:00am – 9:00am Pastry and Beverage Break
8:00am – 8:55am Speed Appointment Session—Suppliers meet with buyers during these 5-minute non-scheduled appointments. Cash giveaway raffle for participating buyers!
9:00am – 5:30pm Supplier Lounge—Collect your thoughts and prepare for your next meeting.
9:00am – 12:00pm Marketplace I — This is the first of four Marketplace sessions featuring 12-minute, one-on-one, pre-scheduled appointments.
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch
1:10pm – 5:30pm Marketplace II
Evening On Your Own

Use this free night to establish a relationship with a potential client or customer—ask them to join you for dinner! Visit the on-site Portland information desk for ideas before exploring local cafés and restaurants.

Thursday, March 26

7:00am – 5:30pm Go West Summit Registration
7:45am – 8:50am Breakfast — Presented by Visit Anchorage, our 2021 Go West Summit destination host.
9:00am – 5:30pm Supplier Lounge
9:00am – 12:00pm Marketplace III
12:00pm – 1:10pm Lunch
1:15pm – 5:30pm Marketplace IV
6:00pm – 9:00pm Closing Event - McMenamins Crystal Ballroom

The house -and its “floating” dancefloor -will be rocking with Go West delegates dancing to live music Portland-style in the closing event of Go West Summit 2020. McMenamins’ Crystal Ballroomis an iconic venue, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places with floor-to-ceiling arched windows and grand chandeliers and murals of Portlanders who played an important part in the story to become the city we are today. It's so sad to say goodbye but Travel Portland promises you'll want to return as soon as possible after this night of food, dancing, and networking. The historic Crystal Ballroom -- now over a century old -- is one of those rare concert halls that can point to a proud, diverse history while also laying claim to an ongoing musical legacy. Every time you enter this majestic ballroom, let your imagination sense the tremors resonating from a century's worth of gatherings, and realize that you are joining a thriving, generations-long procession of show-goers.
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Friday, March 27 - Adventure Day

All Attendees Welcome! Sign up for tours from your user landing (login) page

FAM TRIPS

Buyers are invited to explore Oregon and the surrounding area before and after the show. Several multi-day excursions will be offered to help you discover what this region of the American West has to offer.