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December 17, 2012

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Kara Kuh
Travel Salem
503-581-4325 ext. 25
kkuh@travelsalem.com 

Travel Salem Hires New Public Relations Manager

SALEM, OR — Travel Salem is pleased to announce Kara Kuh as the organization’s new public relations manager. In this role, Kuh will develop and implement public and media relations activities that promote Salem and Marion and Polk counties for leisure tourism and event business.

Kuh has more than 11 years of experience working in nonprofit communications and public relations. Before joining Travel Salem, she served as the communications specialist for Willamette Humane Society for five years. Prior to that, she worked as the media relations and marketing manager for the American Cancer Society in Portland, Ore.

A native Oregonian, Kuh earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore. While studying at Pacific, she also completed a marketing and PR internship with the Washington County Visitors Association in Beaverton, Ore.

“Kara’s many years of experience in communications and media relations will help us promote Salem and the surrounding area as a key destination for leisure and business travelers,” says Irene Bernards, Travel Salem’s Marketing and PR Director. “We look forward to her contributions and are happy she is part of our team!"

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***Travel Salem is a non-profit organization that promotes the greater Salem area as a premier, year-round destination for conventions, events and leisure travelers. Tourism economic impact for the region is $500 million annually. Travel Salem manages the award-winning Travel Café, the official Salem area destination visitors center located at the historic Grand Hotel building (181 High St. NE, Salem), two I-5 satellite visitor information locations at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Mill Creek Inn (3125 Ryan Dr. SE) and the Red Lion Hotel (3301 Market St. NE), and a full-service travel planning website www.TravelSalem.com.***

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 17, 2012

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Irene Bernards
Marketing & PR Director
503-581-4325 ext. 27
ibernards@TravelSalem.com 

WILD PEAR RESTAURANT & TRAVEL SALEM TO REPRESENT

WILLAMETTE VALLEY AT FEAST PORTLAND

World-class culinary event – September 20-23, 2012

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon’s world-class celebration of food and drink called “Feast Portland” will take place September 20-23, 2012 downtown Portland. Feast will be held in Pioneer Courthouse Square and hold events like the Sandwich Invitational, an Asian-inspired night market, high profile chef demonstrations, conversations with food thought leaders and a whole lot of eating and drinking.

While Portland will be the center of this festival Salem has been offered the opportunity to shine and represent the Willamette Valley at the Travel Oregon ~Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting Tent – Saturday, September 22 from 3:00-4:00pm. Celebrated Salem chef Jeff James, representing the Wild Pear Restaurant, will be highlighting a sample dish using the freshest ingredients from local family farm E.Z. Orchards. Chef James along with, sisters and co-owners of the Wild Pear Restaurant, Cecelia and Jessica Ritter will be on hand to talk to event goers and promote the agricultural bounty of the Willamette Valley and the Wild Pear. Kevin Zielinski with E.Z. Orchards will be serving tastes of their hard cidre and sharing information about their traditional French method of fermentation. Travel Salem representatives will be in attendance promoting Salem’s culinary scene as well as the amenities of the mid-Willamette Valley.

“Oregon is a true cornucopia and the Willamette Valley is the corner stone of Oregon’s bountiful harvests,” said Irene Bernards, Marketing & PR Director for Travel Salem. “Marion County is Oregon’s number one agricultural producing county and we have the opportunity to showcase the delicious offerings of the region and how local chefs partner with farmers and unify agricultural assets into culinary delights,” said Bernards.

Travel Salem approached the Wild Pear Restaurant about representing the Willamette Valley due to their commitment to local, seasonal and organic ingredients and how they use these ingredients in familiar and unexpected ways, whenever possible.

“We are honored to be representing the Willamette Valley at the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting Tent, “ said Cecilia and Jessica, Wild Pear Co-Owners. “We are extremely fortunate to have Chef, Jeff James represent The Wild Pear and our Mid-Willamette Valley region. Chef James has been a guest chef at the James Beard House in New York and also selected for L'Ecole des Chefs in Lyon, France and the Oregon Bounty tour for the United States Dept of Agriculture in Japan. Chef James’ culinary culture and talents has paired well with our company where he has spent the last two years. With a diverse ethnic background of European and Asian descent, we embrace the flavors and styles of many cultures. Our food is best described as New American, which reflects the bold, bright and fresh flavors of our region and the world. We work with local farmers and purveyors to use product that is locally sourced, seasonal, and organic as much as possible.”

For more information regarding Feast Portland visit www.FeastPortland.com.

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***Wild Pear Restaurant - Cecilia and Jessica Ritter have a knack for taking neglected properties and giving them new life. Their first project in 2000 was the circa 1900 Roberts General Store on River Road South and more recently, since 2004, the circa 1880 Adolph Block Building on State Street in Downtown Salem. Both locations are a reflection of their enthusiasm and passion for what they do. But saving old buildings is just a byproduct of their real business…food & entertaining.
The sisters’ first entrepreneurial venture into the food industry began back in 2000 when they conceived of and opened Wild Pear Catering and Fine Foods in the old Roberts country store. After a couple of years cultivating a loyal lunch and catering clientele, the two young women were barraged with requests to provide a more full-service venue. And so, dinner service and Karl’s Place, their wine bar, was introduced in June of 2003. The demand for the sister’s food was so great that they decided to broaden their scope and in June 2004, opened Wild Pear Restaurant & Catering at 372 State Street in downtown Salem, Oregon, where they continue to remain the original “wild pair.”
The Ritters make a dynamic business team. Cecilia’s career has largely been in the service and restaurant management end of the hospitality business, beginning in her late teens with service to beginning management in her early twenties. She continues to use her extensive food, wine and service knowledge in leading her team.
Jessica’s background has been in the kitchen and catering service from running kitchens to managing catering companies. She has a culinary degree from Boston University, where she had the privilege of having Julia Child as one of her instructors and culinary mentors. Together, the sisters, create the seasonally inspired menus used throughout their company and together manage the large talented staff. ***
***Jeff James Bio - When James' early plans to become a professional drummer or DJ at a radio station fizzled and his only work experience was driving tractor and bailing hay he fell into the restaurant business where he's thrived for almost 30 years. His time as Exec Sous Chef at Salishan Lodge when it was the only 5 star/5 diamond rated resort in Oregon led him to Washington's Methow Valley as Exec Chef of the Freestone Inn then Sun Mountain Lodge. He returned home to the Willamette Valley to open j.james. After selling his eponymous restaurant of 10 years he's teamed with the dynamic duo of the Wild Pear, his wife Cecilia Ritter James and her sister/partner Jessica Ritter at their longtime popular eatery in the heart of the capital city. They've also been caterers to the Governor for the last twelve plus years. (James Beard House guest Chef. Selected for: L'Ecole des Chefs in Lyon, France and the Oregon Bounty tour for the United States Dept of Agriculture in Japan.)***
***Travel Salem is a non-profit organization that promotes the greater Salem area as a premier, year-round destination for conventions, events and leisure travelers. Tourism economic impact for the region is $500 million annually. Travel Salem manages the award-winning Travel Café, the official Salem area destination visitors center located at the historic Grand Hotel building (181 High St. NE, Salem), two I-5 satellite visitor information locations at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Mill Creek Inn (3125 Ryan Dr. SE) and the Red Lion Hotel (3301 Market St. NE), and a full-service travel planning website www.TravelSalem.com.***

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 12, 2012

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Irene Bernards
Marketing & PR Director
503-581-4325 ext. 27
ibernards@TravelSalem.com 

New Hours for Travel Salem’s Travel Café Visitors Center

SALEM, Ore. - Beginning July 1 Travel Salem’s Travel Café Visitors Center will have new hours; Monday through Friday 10:30am to 3:30pm, closed Saturday and Sunday.  These changes are a result of program realignment due to budget restrictions. Travel Salem will continue to maintain program continuity and delivery in a manner that is consistent with visitor expectations.

“The new hours reflect the time of the day with the highest visitor volume,” said Angie Morris, Travel Salem’s CEO.  “Our professional staff serve as the region’s concierge providing Salem visitors with expert local resources and recommendations to help them explore what the area has to offer,” said Morris. The Travel Café Visitors Center offers wine tasting, ticket sales to events and attractions, GPS rentals, and customized itineraries to name a few.

Travel Salem oversees a visitor information network that includes an official Oregon Travel Plaza located at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Mill Creek Inn, which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; as well as locations at the Red Lion Hotel, Salem Conference Center, Salem Airport, Amtrak, Lancaster Mall, Aurora Airport and the Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill.

After hours visitors will be able to access the Salem Area Visitors Guide, maps and other high demand resources via an outdoor brochure rack. Travel Salem offers Wi-Fi services so visitor information can also be obtained by visiting www.TravelSalem.com.

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***Travel Salem is a non-profit organization that promotes the greater Salem area as a premier, year-round destination for conventions, events and leisure travelers. Tourism economic impact for the region is $496 million annually. Travel Salem manages the award-winning Travel Café, the official Salem area destination visitors center located at the historic Grand Hotel building (181 High St. NE, Salem), two I-5 satellite visitor information locations at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Mill Creek Inn (3125 Ryan Dr. SE) and the Red Lion Hotel (3301 Market St. NE), and a full-service travel planning website www.TravelSalem.com.***

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 12, 2012

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Irene Bernards
Marketing & PR Director
503-581-4325 ext. 27
ibernards@TravelSalem.com 

Local Museums Launch Joint Ticket
Absolutely Heritage: Four Museums for One Ticket

SALEM, Ore. – Four local heritage museums have joined forces to launch a joint admission ticket. The ticket, named the Absolutely Heritage ticket, allows admission to all four museums for $20 and is being sold through Travel Salem’s AbsoluteyTix.com. The participating museums include the Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill, Bush House Museum, Historic Deepwood Estate and the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

“Salem is rich in heritage,” said Peter Booth, Executive Director of the Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill.  “Be it the Native art at Hallie Ford, the historical legacy of the Bush family, the Victorian charm of Deepwood or the raw industrial power of the Industrial Age as it came to Oregon. This ticket makes it easier for the visitor and residents alike to discover the cultural treasures here within our community,” said Booth.

The Absolutely Heritage Ticket can be purchased at Travel Salem (181 High St. NE, Salem) or through AbsolutelyTix.com.

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***Travel Salem is a non-profit organization that promotes the greater Salem area as a premier, year-round destination for conventions, events and leisure travelers. Tourism economic impact for the region is $496 million annually. Travel Salem manages the award-winning Travel Café, the official Salem area destination visitors center located at the historic Grand Hotel building (181 High St. NE, Salem), two I-5 satellite visitor information locations at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Mill Creek Inn (3125 Ryan Dr. SE) and the Red Lion Hotel (3301 Market St. NE), and a full-service travel planning website www.TravelSalem.com.***

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 11, 2012

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Irene Bernards
Marketing & PR Director
503-581-4325 ext. 27
ibernards@TravelSalem.com 

TRAVEL SALEM NAMED TOP 100 BEST GREEN COMPANIES TO WORK FOR IN OREGON

SALEM, ORE. –– Travel Salem has been selected as a “Top 100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon” by Oregon Business magazine. Weighing in at number 84, Travel Salem was one of only five Salem area businesses recognized.

“We are committed to maintaining a „green company‟ and are thrilled to be counted as one of Oregon‟s most sustainable organizations,” said Angie Morris, CEO of Travel Salem. “Sustainability is not only a philosophy, but it has become a way of doing business because „green‟ business practices matter to our customers.”

Travel Salem‟s “Green Team,” a group of employees charged with making the workplace more sustainable, led the way in developing an eco-savvy culture with buy-in to sustainable practices. Travel Salem is certified EarthWISE through Marion County‟s business environmental assistance program, incorporating sustainable practices in the business such as recycling, reducing waste and saving energy. Travel Salem‟s Travel Café and administrative office was designed with sustainability in mind: using recycled and earth-friendly materials and features that allow for generous natural light, among other things.

The 100 Best Green Companies in 2012 were selected based on Sustainable Practices sections in both employee and employer surveys completed last year by nearly 20,000 employees from 431 for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations.  The “100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon” is featured in the June “Green Issue” of Oregon Business magazine.

Other Salem Businesses Recognized:  #7 Salem Conference Center; #37 Green Acres Landscape; #41 AJ‟s Auto Repair; #50 Cascade Employers Association; #64 Capital Auto Group & #84 Travel Salem.

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***Travel Salem is a non-profit organization that promotes the greater Salem area as a premier, year-round destination for conventions, events and leisure travelers. Tourism economic impact for the region is $496 million annually. Travel Salem manages the award-winning Travel Café, the official Salem area destination visitors center located at the historic Grand Hotel building (181 High St. NE, Salem), two I-5 satellite visitor information locations at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Mill Creek Inn (3125 Ryan Dr. SE) and the Red Lion Hotel (3301 Market St. NE), and a full-service travel planning website www.TravelSalem.com.***

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 29, 2012

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Irene Bernards
Marketing & PR Director
503-581-4325 ext. 27
ibernards@TravelSalem.com 

Salem Selected for 2013 BMW MOA Rally

Motorcycle event attracts 9000 riders

SALEM, Ore. – The BMW Motorcycle Owners of America (MOA) has selected the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem, Oregon as the location for their 2013 International Rally. The event will be taking place July 18-20, 2013. “We’ve had some really great events in Oregon in the past years,” explains BMW MOA president Greg Feeler. “Our Rally in Redmond in 2010 was one of our best ever. We are very excited about Salem next year!”

In partnership with the Oregon Sate Fair and Expo Center, Travel Salem was instrumental in attracting the BMW MOA group to Salem. The Rally was initially bid on four years ago, and Travel Salem just recently hosted a two day tour for the rally event planners. The event has grown to average over 9,000 riders and offers its members a place to meet new people, as well as vendors who manufacture specialty motorcycle items. Event attendees can also test ride new motorcycles, or participate in one of 100 seminars and classes being offered.

“The BMW MOA is the largest brand specific motorcycle club in the world that is not owned or operated by the manufactures.  They are a great group of people who are looking forward to their 2013 Rally and spending quality time in the Salem area,” said Debbie McCune, Director of Sales for Travel Salem. “Salem is a hospitable community and we want this group to feel welcome, enjoy the area, and come back time and time again,” said McCune.

Founded in 1972, the BMW MOA promotes relationships between individual members and BMW motorcycle clubs, unifying smaller clubs across the US. According to BMW MOA, the economic impact of this group on the Salem area is estimated between $4 and $6 million dollars.

For more information about the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America, visit www.bmwmoa.org or call headquarters at 636-394-7277.

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***Travel Salem is a non-profit organization that promotes the greater Salem area as a premier, year-round destination for conventions, events and leisure travelers. Tourism economic impact for the region is $496 million annually. Travel Salem manages the award-winning Travel Café, the official Salem area destination visitors center located at the historic Grand Hotel building (181 High St. NE, Salem), two I-5 satellite visitor information locations at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Mill Creek Inn (3125 Ryan Dr. SE) and the Red Lion Hotel (3301 Market St. NE), and a full-service travel planning website www.TravelSalem.com.***

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2012

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Irene Bernards
Marketing & PR Director
503-581-4325 ext. 27
ibernards@TravelSalem.com 

River’s Edge Summer Series at Independence’s Riverview Amphitheater

Featuring The Deadliest Catch, a Night with Capt. Sig Hanson

INDEPENDENCE, Ore. – River’s Edge Summer Series will be presenting eight weeks of free concerts, movies, and events at the Riverview Park and Amphitheater in Independence, Oregon. Starting July 1 and running through August 31, the series features blockbusters like Cars 2 and Star Trek, concerts from local and out of state bands, and special events such as a classic car show.

The highlight event will be a showing of the hit reality show The Deadliest Catch on July 21. Captain Sig Hansen will be in attendance to answer questions from the audience. The Discovery Channel’s, Deadliest Catch, has won four Emmy awards and is about the dangerous life of Bering Sea crab fishermen . A crab feed will start at 11:00am, with the show starting at 7:00pm. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $30 for reserved seating. There will be parking at the riverfront.

For more information visit www.independenceamphitheatre.com.

For  tickets, contact Alex Trevino by phone at 503-508-6696 or by email at trevinoenterprise.12@gmail.com.

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***Travel Salem is a non-profit organization that promotes the greater Salem area as a premier, year-round destination for conventions, events and leisure travelers. Tourism economic impact for the region is $496 million annually. Travel Salem manages the award-winning Travel Café, the official Salem area destination visitors center located at the historic Grand Hotel building (181 High St. NE, Salem), two I-5 satellite visitor information locations at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Mill Creek Inn (3125 Ryan Dr. SE) and the Red Lion Hotel (3301 Market St. NE), and a full-service travel planning website www.TravelSalem.com.***

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2012

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Irene Bernards
Marketing & PR Director
503-581-4325 ext. 27
ibernards@TravelSalem.com 

Travel Salem Announces Recipients of Annual Absolutely Fabulous Awards

SALEM, Ore. – Travel Salem is proud to announce the recipients of the 2011-12 Absolutely Fabulous Awards presented at their May 17, 2012 Marketing Exchange luncheon.

The annual Ab Fab (Absolutely Fabulous) awards recognize people and organizations in the Salem area (including Marion & Polk counties) that have pushed the envelope and turned ideas upside-down and inside out to capture the best return on their marketing, collaboration, partnerships, innovation and regional strategies! They are Absolutely Fabulous!

The eight Travel Salem Ab Fab awards were presented to:

  • Dwane Brenneman – Absolutely Dedicated Award
    For his dedication to Travel Salem and serving as the Association’s Chair 
  • BEST WESTERN PLUS Mill Creek Inn – Absolutely 24/7 Award
    For serving as a Travel Plaza visitor information center for the Salem area
  • A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village – Absolutely Hands-On Award
    For their Hands-On approach to supporting children’s education through fun; developing promotions that add to Salem’s vibrant community and quality of life; and working in partnership to attract visitors to the community.
  • Jerry Lauzon – Absolutely “OOM-PAPA” Award
    For his 20+ years as the Mt. Angel Oktoberfest’s volunteer PR & Marketing Director and his ability to bring people together for the good of the community.
  • Lancaster Mall – Absolutely Active Award
    For being active in the community and for the health of area residents (e.g. mall walkers program; serving as a visitor information location; tour & travel trade fair) 
  • World Beat Festival/Salem Multicultural Institute – Absolutely Global Award
    For their tireless efforts to support all cultures and celebrate diversity.
  • Enchanted Forest – Absolutely Inventive Award
    For 40+ years of innovation and outstanding creativity that has attracted millions of visitors to the area.
  • Nancy Stockdale – Absolutely Fabulous Award
    For her entrepreneurial spirit; creative thinking and her support of Salem’s cultural community.

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***Travel Salem is a non-profit organization that promotes the greater Salem area as a premier, year-round destination for conventions, events and leisure travelers. Tourism economic impact for the region is $496 million annually. Travel Salem manages the award-winning Travel Café, the official Salem area destination visitors center located at the historic Grand Hotel building (181 High St. NE, Salem), two I-5 satellite visitor information locations at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Mill Creek Inn (3125 Ryan Dr. SE) and the Red Lion Hotel (3301 Market St. NE), and a full-service travel planning website www.TravelSalem.com.***

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2012

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Irene Bernards
Marketing & PR Director
503-581-4325 ext. 27
ibernards@TravelSalem.com 

New 2012-13 Salem Area Visitors Guide Available

SALEM, Ore. – Travel Salem unveiled the official 2012-13 Salem Area Visitors Guide. This 65 page, full color visitors guide promotes Salem as well as Marion and Polk counties. Trip ideas, attractions and points of interest, lodging, dining, events, shopping, wineries, gardens, agri-tourism, transportation, recreation and relocation information resources are included along with tour ideas and stories.

“The Salem Area Visitors Guide plays a vital role in promoting the area for leisure visitors as well as convention and event business,” said Irene Bernards, Travel Salem’s Marketing and PR Director. “We distribute 140,000 guides to locations throughout Oregon and the twelve western states as well as Canada. Travel Salem is spreading the word that the Salem area is an authentic Oregon experience with culinary, heritage and cultural offerings and recreational opportunities,” said Bernards.

Residents are encouraged to order a free Salem Area Visitors Guide by contacting the Travel Salem office at 503-581-4325 or information@TravelSalem.com or by visiting the Travel Café Visitors Center located in historic downtown Salem at 181 High Street NE.

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***Travel Salem is a non-profit organization that promotes the greater Salem area as a premier, year-round destination for conventions, events and leisure travelers. Tourism economic impact for the region is $496 million annually. Travel Salem manages the award-winning Travel Café, the official Salem area destination visitors center located at the historic Grand Hotel building (181 High St. NE, Salem), two I-5 satellite visitor information locations at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Mill Creek Inn (3125 Ryan Dr. SE) and the Red Lion Hotel (3301 Market St. NE), and a full-service travel planning website www.TravelSalem.com.***

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 3, 2012

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Irene Bernards
Marketing & PR Director
503-581-4325 ext. 27
ibernards@TravelSalem.com 

Travel Salem marketing exchange luncheon set for May 17

Annual Absolutely Fabulous Awards Luncheon

SALEM, OREGON – Travel Salem’s annual Absolutely Fabulous Awards luncheon will be held Thursday, May 17, 2012, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., at the Keizer Renaissance Inn (5188 Wittenberg Lane N, Keizer).

Todd Davidson, CEO of Travel Oregon and Chair of the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board will be the keynote speaker. Following President Barack Obama's Executive Order laying out a strategy for increasing international travel to the U.S., Secretary of Commerce John Bryson tapped Oregon Tourism Commission CEO Todd Davidson as chair of the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board to help implement the initiative.

The Ab Fab (Absolutely Fabulous) awards will recognize tourism industry partners who have gone above and beyond in 2011-12 to promote the Salem area. These award recipients are movers and shakers who have pushed the envelope and turned ideas upsidedown and inside out to capture the best return on their marketing, collaboration, partnerships, innovation and regional strategies! They are Absolutely Fabulous!

The cost is $18 in advance and $23 at the door.  Reservations are required by May 14.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 503-581-4325 ext. 58; or online at TravelSalem.com; or by mail to: Travel Salem Marketing Exchange Luncheon, 181 High St. NE, Salem, OR 97301.

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***Travel Salem is a non-profit organization that promotes the greater Salem area as a premier, year-round destination for conventions, events and leisure travelers. Tourism economic impact for the region is $496 million annually. Travel Salem manages the award-winning Travel Café, the official Salem area destination visitors center located at the historic Grand Hotel building (181 High St. NE, Salem), two I-5 satellite visitor information locations at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Mill Creek Inn (3125 Ryan Dr. SE) and the Red Lion Hotel (3301 Market St. NE), and a full-service travel planning website www.TravelSalem.com.***

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April 26, 2012

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Irene Bernards
Marketing & PR Director
503-581-4325 ext. 27
ibernards@TravelSalem.com 

Travel Salem’s First Wednesday Member Spotlight

Celebrate Mothers and Experience Local Products and Services

SALEM, ORE.– May 2 First Wednesday at Travel Salem will focus on Mothers and local products and services such as wine, food, flowers, handbags, specialty gifts and planting demonstrations. Travel Salem’s Travel Café Visitors Center will be open until 8 p.m. on First Wednesday and is located at 181 High Street NE, Salem.

The following Travel Salem member businesses will be highlighted:

  • Adelman Peony Gardens will offer a drawing for 2 items:  a peony plant valued at $20 and a $20 gift certificate.
  • Alcyone Café & Catering will be pairing the following delicious appetizers:  Chicken curry salad on crostini - goes well with Pinot gris and Pinot noir.  Wild mushroom croissant puff - goes well with Pinot noir or other reds. Petite apple, sage, Swiss cheese scones - good with white wines, dry and off-dry.
  • Deb the Bag Lady will offer Mother’s Day savings on all four Miche bundles:  Petite, Classic, Demi and Prima. New releases available now! Visit Travel Salem to enter a drawing for your very own Miche bag.
  • Left Coast Cellars is proud to feature their award-winning, estate-grown wines during Oregon Wine Month! Enjoy complimentary tastes of crisp 2011 The Orchards Pinot gris, creamy 2009 Truffle Hill Chardonnay, bright 1010 Rose of Pinot noir and luscious 2009 Cali’s Cuvee Pinot noir. If you find something you like, bottles will be available for purchase.
  • Madrona Hills Ace Hardware will have a stunning array of gifts for Mom including plants.
  • Van Duzer Vineyards will feature their 2011 Rose, 2011 Estate Pinot gris, 2009 Estate Pinot noir and 2009 Dijon Block Pinot noir. Guests can enter to win a drawing for a tasting and picnic at Van Duzer. Included in the giveaway is a picnic basket, VDV logo wine glasses, lunch and tasting. The value is $185!
  • Willamette Humane Society will be welcoming guests to sign the “Paw it Forward” pledge. Everyone who signs the pledge receives a WHS logo bracelet.
  • Willamette Valley Vineyards will offer complimentary wine tasting and 20% discount on bottles.

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***Travel Salem is a non-profit organization that promotes the greater Salem area as a premier, year-round destination for conventions, events and leisure travelers. Tourism economic impact for the region is $496 million annually. Travel Salem manages the award-winning Travel Café, the official Salem area destination visitors center located at the historic Grand Hotel building (181 High St. NE, Salem), two I-5 satellite visitor information locations at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Mill Creek Inn (3125 Ryan Dr. SE) and the Red Lion Hotel (3301 Market St. NE), and a full-service travel planning website www.TravelSalem.com.***

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April 4, 2012

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Irene Bernards
Marketing & PR Director
503-581-4325 ext. 27
ibernards@TravelSalem.com 

Salem Will Host 2013 Oregon Governor’s Conference on Tourism

Oregon’s Premier Gathering for Tourism Professionals

SALEM , ORE. – Salem will be the host of the 2013 Oregon Governor’s Conference on Tourism, April 14-16.  As Oregon’s premier gathering for tourism professionals, the annual conference attracts more than 400 attendees for two and a half days of educational seminars, networking, and to develop new ways to create the best Oregon Experience possible for visitors and the industry.

Travel Salem, in partnership with the Salem Conference Center, responded to the Travel Oregon bid for a 2013 conference location. The Oregon Governor’s Conference has been held in Salem one other time – in 2009.

“Travel Salem is pleased to announce that the 2013 Oregon Governor’s Conference will be held in Salem,” said Debbie McCune, Travel Salem’s Director of Sales. “This is a great opportunity to showcase Salem and all of the wonderful offerings that make our city and region so attractive to leisure visitors, as well as meeting and event planners.  Travel Salem will be working with many businesses and organization to ensure another successful and memorable conference,” said McCune.

***Travel Salem is a non-profit organization that promotes the greater Salem area as a premier, year-round destination for conventions, events and leisure travelers. Tourism economic impact for the region is $496 million annually. Travel Salem manages the award-winning Travel Café, the official Salem area destination visitors center located at the historic Grand Hotel building (181 High St. NE, Salem), two I-5 satellite visitor information locations at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Mill Creek Inn (3125 Ryan Dr. SE) and the Red Lion Hotel (3301 Market St. NE), and a full-service travel planning website www.TravelSalem.com.***

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March 7, 2012

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Trexler Farm Contact:  Nicole Miller
503-949-7621
nicole@wordsoutpr.com

Travel Salem Contact:  Irene Bernards
Marketing & PR Director
503-581-4325 ext. 27
ibernards@TravelSalem.com 

Trexler Farm Events Now at Santiam Golf Club

Partnership for premier events started Feb. 1, 2012

STAYTON, ORE.– At a Santiam Golf Club board meeting on January 16, 2012, Trexler Farm of Stayton, Ore. entered into a strategic partnership with the Golf Club in Aumsville, Ore. to use the club’s existing clubhouse for special events. The clubhouse, located at 8724 Golf Club Rd SE, has a capacity of as many as 250 people.

“The goal of this partnership is to create the premier venue in the Santiam Canyon for tournaments, conferences, weddings, business functions and events,” explains Sharlene Trexler, co-owner of Trexler Farm. As part of this agreement, Trexler Farm will be exclusively hosting its large events at the Golf Club. In addition, Trexler Farm will help provide quality food services to all tournaments and related activities for the Golf Club and its members. The Sandtrap Deli, which just celebrated its two year anniversary, will continue to operate under the direction of the Golf Club board of directors. The board opened this deli with the purpose of providing food and beverages as a benefit to golf patrons.

Trexler Farm has made its mark over the past few years by providing farm fresh bakery items; healthy, high fiber lunch options; and wine from the old Mehama Fish Hatchery. “It is so great to have such a beautiful location to use as a homebase,” says Trexler of the clubhouse. “I am extremely excited to bring the Trexler Farm charm to events happening at Santiam Golf Club.” Sharlene’s vision is to create a warm and welcoming environment for tournaments and events, much like what she’s established at the Trexler Farm Mehama Fish Hatchery. Best known for its Farm Store Café, Trexler Farm is home to many lunch gatherings, business meetings and special occasions. In fall of 2010, Trexler Farm opened the “Boat Room” for private parties and events. Since then, Trexler Farm has created a devoted following of many groups and organizations. Most recently, the café has catered events at other locations such as Anthony Hall in Sublimity and The Grand Ballroom in Salem.

“The Golf Club has one of the best commercial kitchens in the Mid-Willamette Valley,” Golf Club president Peter Whitney says. “This partnership will help us utilize the kitchen through a top-notch catering business. It looks like a win-win situation for both parties. This should draw people to the golf course for events, as well as to play golf.”For more information or to book an event, call Sharlene Trexler at 503.859.4488. The Sandtrap Deli’s winter hours are Monday and Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (closed Sunday and Tuesday). To learn more, visit www.trexlerfarm.com orwww.santiamgolfclub.com.

About Trexler Farm
Sharlene and Kirk Trexler started selling retail Christmas trees in 2002 under the business name “Trexler Farm.”  In 2005, they expanded Trexler Farm by adding the bakery kitchen for customers of the farm. Located at 20146 Ferry Road SE in Stayton, Ore., the Farm Store Café serves the Mid-Willamette Valley and Santiam Canyon. The Café features fresh and fabulous fare, locally produced farm products and food. Trexler Farm Store Café and bakery is open Monday through Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for lunch; it is also available on weekends and evenings by private appointment or reservation. To reserve a date, please contact Sharlene Trexler at 503.859.4488 or trexlerfarm@wvi.com.

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