Woodburn Company Stores Becomes ‘Outlet’ for Statewide Travel Information

Public-Private Partnership Results First New Travel Plaza within Oregon

WOODBURN, Ore., Aug. 8 /PRNewswire/ — Two of America’s favorite pastimes — travel and shopping — come together when the Oregon Travel Information Council’s first Travel Plaza officially opens at Woodburn Company Stores on Tuesday, August 9. The new Travel Plaza will become the site for Woodburn Area Chamber of Commerce Oregon Travel Information Center and make Woodburn a hub for regional tourism promotion.

The Travel Plaza in Woodburn is the first of the five new statewide plazas proposed by the Travel Information Council (TIC) slated to open during the 2005-2007 biennium. The plaza was strategically sited at Woodburn Company Stores, one of the state’s highest traffic points in the Willamette Valley, and represents the TIC’s vision of a successful public private partnership, which shares expenses and share services to create a travel stop that provides not only a rest stop, but a welcoming travel experience with access to modern amenities.

The project is the outcome of many years of collaboration and planning between Oregon Travel Information Council, Woodburn Area Chamber of Commerce and Woodburn Company Stores. The outlet mall will contribute 600-square foot space to the Travel Plaza project and offering travelers access to its on site amenities, including safe and sheltered access to travel information, refreshments and snacks, clean restrooms, an ATM, plus dozens of travel- oriented retailers selling everything needed for an Oregon vacation, from beach towels and sunglasses to rain parkas and umbrellas.

A self-serve information kiosk installed within the Travel Plaza footprint will feature stories of local attractions and services, and provide space to accommodate advertising and brochures. Revenues generated from the sales of advertising on the kiosk display will help fund the development of future Travel Plazas on both public and private land.

“When opening in 1999, Woodburn Company Stores instantly became one of the state’s most popular stops for motorists and motorcoach travelers,” said Cheryl Gribskov, executive director of Oregon Travel Information Council. “This new center will meet the needs of travelers in a high volume traffic area and serve as the region’s resource for information on Oregon attractions, events, state and national parks, recreational opportunities, lodging information and maps.”

The Travel Plaza at Woodburn Company Stores will be staffed from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days each week by personnel from the Woodburn Area Chamber of Commerce and a team of trained volunteers. Security staff employed by the outlet mall will monitor the site around the clock offering travelers the added assurance of safety.

About Woodburn Company Stores

Woodburn Company Stores, one of Oregon’s top destinations among individual and group travelers, was recently recognized by Portland Oregon Visitors Association for its valued contributions to Oregon’s $7 billion tourism industry with a 2005 President’s Award. Woodburn Company Stores welcomes nearly four million shoppers annually. Many travel from the Portland hub to explore Willamette Valley attractions and events, or stop to shop while traveling the I-5 corridor. The 300,000-square foot center’s architecture, landscaping and floral displays and events are designed to pay tribute to the region’s heritage and natural beauty and offers visitors a one-of-a-kind experience that surpasses great tax-free shopping.

Woodburn Company Stores, a Craig Realty Group property, is one of the largest outlet centers in the Pacific Northwest, featuring more than 80 upscale brand name outlet stores and tax-free shopping. The outlet center is conveniently located off Interstate 5, exit 271, just 25 minutes south of downtown Portland and 15 minutes north of Salem. For more information, visit www.woodburncompanystores.com.

About Oregon Travel Information Council

The Travel Information Council was established in 1972 through legislation resulting from the Highway Beautification Act. It operates as an independent self-funded agency, working in partnership with Travel Oregon and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Its primary function is to provide motorists with wayfinding services and to support tourism related businesses, specifically the management and installation of the blue and white highway informational signs, which link travelers to restaurants, gas stations, lodging, attractions and RV friendly businesses. In addition, TIC is responsible directing travelers to points of interest with historical, heritage tree and geological markers. The new Travel Plaza initiative is designed to enhance the council’s award-winning Tripcheck Web site and highway sign programs.

About the Woodburn Area Chamber of Commerce

The Woodburn Area Chamber of Commerce serves the Northern Willamette Valley. It is the Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) for Woodburn and the surrounding area. The primary function of the Chamber is to build wealth in the community by helping local businesses grow and prosper. The Woodburn Area Chamber of Commerce is also the host organization for the North Willamette Valley Tourism Alliance which includes 12 communities in the Northern Valley. With help from the Woodburn Area Chamber these communities have banded together to create a brand image for the Northern Valley which is rich in Oregon’s history and Oregon agriculture. The NWVTA was formed to market and promote the wide variety of sites, attractions and experiences that exist there. These include Champoeg and Silver Falls State Parks, St Paul Rodeo, Woodburn Drag Strip, Oktoberfest, the Oregon Garden, Mount Angel Abbey and so much more.

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