The Oregon Travel Information Council—doing business as Oregon Travel Experience (OTE)—is a semi-independent state agency formed by the Legislature in 1972. OTE’s programs enhance the public’s motoring experience and community economic development by helping travelers navigate to essential services, attractions and points of historic interest. The agency is responsible for the operation of 29 highway safety rest areas at 17 locations around the state under an interagency agreement with the Oregon Department of Transportation. OTE administers the statewide “Blue Logo” Sign Program and information centers that identify gas, food, lodging and attractions on highways throughout Oregon, and leads the Oregon Heritage Tree and Oregon Historical Marker programs.
The nine-member governing council, composed of eight volunteers appointed by the governor and one member of the Oregon Transportation Commission, guide the work of the agency. Members are selected for their knowledge of, experience with or interest in economic development, travel within Oregon, recreational opportunities in Oregon and Oregon’s history and natural history.
Mailing Address: 1500 Liberty St. SE, Salem 97302
Telephone: 503-378-4508; Toll-free: 1-800-574-9397
Legal and Legislative Information
Statutory Authority: ORS 377