The Managers Managing Destination Management: Travel Oregon's Andrew Grossmann

October 4, 2020

Welcoming Arica Sears and the Big Tourism podcast to ASPN!

Join two Oregonians, Big Tourism show host Arica Sears and her guest Andrew Grossmann, Destination Development Manager at Travel Oregon, as they open up a conversation about destination management through the lens of tourism. Does the tourism industry have an official definition for ‘Destination Management’? What unique partnerships can be formed to address tourism challenges? How can out-of-the-box thinking lead to unheard of ideas? This conversation starts on the Oregon Coast and quickly jumps to the Faroe Islands, Vancouver Island, and Chile.

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Arica Sears

Arica Sears is a fourth generation resident of a one stoplight town on the Oregon Coast. She was raised in the hand-me-down wetsuits, life jackets, and rubber boots of her two brothers and the waters of the Nestucca River. Her International Studies degree paved the way for her to research the effects of globalization in Peru on indigenous communities, count by-catch on the Ecuadorian coast, teach English in Spain & France, guide scuba diving in Mallorca, and document timber industry practices on the Oregon Coast. Arica currently works for the Oregon Coast Visitors Association as the Destination Management Coordinator for all 363 miles of Oregon coastline. She works with land management agencies, local businesses, nonprofits, government entities, and citizens to inspire travel and strengthen collaboration to create and steward a sustainable coastal economy.