Wildhorse runs for honors

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Wildhorse Resort and Casino is in the running for honors in the 2013 Northwest Meetings and Events Magazine Readers Choice Best of Awards.

The destination resort has been nominated by readers in two categories: Best Convention/Conference Venue in Oregon and Best Large Hotel with Meeting/Event Space in Oregon.

Competition is stiff. In the Best Convention/Conference Venue category, the Mission, Ore., operation is up against the Oregon Convention Center and the Salem Convention Center. In the Best Large Hotel with Meeting/Event Space category, other finalists are The Hilton Portland & Executive Towers, The Nines and The Salishan Spa & Golf Resort.

Wildhorse Director of Sales Doug Kacena said the being categorized with the largest convention centers and most regarded resorts in the state is an “honor.”

“Wildhorse has worked very hard to become one of the region’s premiere destinations, not only for families and vacationers but also within the convention and conference segment,” he said in a prepared statement. “We are thrilled to see that our guests are responding positively to those efforts. We believe this will help bring attention, not only to Wildhorse but to the City of Pendleton and all of Eastern Oregon. Our region is able to offer a different atmosphere and experience that are unique to our location for companies looking to host conferences and conventions.”

Winners will be named at the 3rd Annual Readers’ Choice Best of Awards Party on June 27 in Seattle.

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