2023 Travel Portland Partner Summit

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Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023
9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Cost: $55 per person
Crowne Plaza Portland – Downtown Convention Center
1441 NE 2nd Ave.
Portland, OR 97232

Registration is now open for Travel Portland’s Annual Partner Summit on Wednesday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Portland – Downtown Convention Center (1441 NE 2nd Ave.).

Experience a summit designed to accelerate your success, where business development and networking take center stage! Spend a day focused on skill-building, collaboration and growth in support of the travel industry. Dive into our diverse range of breakout sessions across two tracks, tailored to your interests and needs based on the results from our recent partner survey. Check-in and the breakfast buffet open at 9 a.m., and the program begins at 9:30 a.m. 

The deadline to register is Friday, Sept. 22.

This event is limited to Travel Portland partners only. Interested non-partners can learn more about our partnership program and apply by visiting travelportland.com/about-us/partnership.

Know Before You Go

Keynote Speakers

Breakfast Keynote
– Speaker: Jessie Burke, Co-owner of The Society Hotel
Keynote Summary: Jessie will share an inspirational message about the future of Portland and what she believes will be a renaissance unlike anything we have ever seen. She believes part of Portland’s current struggles are rooted in growing pains, but on the other side of these challenges is something brighter. The many ways we all can show up in the world will catalyze meaningful change, transforming ourselves into a better version we never thought possible

Lunch Keynote
– Speaker: Ian Williams, Founder and Owner of Deadstock Coffee
Keynote Summary: Entitled “The Block Should Be Dope: Community Activations as a Site for Municipal Change,” Ian will lead an exploration into the power communities hold to shape the neighborhoods, streets and cities around them. Equipped with years of firsthand experience in community building and engagement, Ian will speak on going back to the basics: that there is no stronger tool for positive change than everyday folks united around a common cause. 

Click here to view the full agenda.

Breakout Session Topics

Breakout sessions will be broken up into two tracks.

Breakout Track 1
– Social Media Deep Dive
Speaker: Carmen Paradise, Senior Social Media Manager at Travel Portland
Take a dive deep into social media marketing and promotion for small and medium businesses. Learn social media best practices per channel, how to create and manage a content calendar, how to create videos for social media, how to work with influencers, how to effectively use social media management tools and more. 

– E-Newsletter Marketing
Speaker: Marina Martinez-Bateman, CEO of New Coyote Consulting
Summary: Learn how to gain subscribers, gather content and deliver e-newsletters on a regular, reliable and achievable schedule. You’ll walk away with an e-newsletter schedule and the tools to implement it. Bring a laptop and any logos, graphics or color hex codes to start building your own newsletter (and if you don’t know what a color hex code is — that will be covered too!).

Breakout Track 2
Google Business Profile Optimization with Locl
Speaker: Tommy Chipman, VP of Partnerships at Locl
Summary: Leverage your free Locl account from Travel Portland to become more visible in Google Maps searches and minimize the time you spend in Google’s tools. Learn what location SEO is and why it’s important to keep your Google Business Profile up to date, fresh and informative. You’ll learn how to manage your profile’s hours of operation, descriptions, secondary categories, reviews, replies and much more — all from Locl’s easy-to-use dashboard.

How to Capture Convention Business
Speakers: Beth Miranda, Director of Convention Services at Travel Portland;
Michael Cavanaugh, Director of Community Engagement and Visitor Services at Travel Portland; and Sierra Smith, DES, Director of Events & Experiences for NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation
Summary: Join our speakers for an interactive discussion about Travel Portland’s convention services practices and your opportunities for involvement. You’ll come out of this session knowing what types of services planners are looking for, best practices for working with meeting and convention groups, how to stand out as a service provider, how the Travel Portland convention services team connects partners with planners and how other partners are working with convention business.

Click here to view the full agenda.