Do you offer tours of nearby wineries or state parks outside of Salem city limits?
Currently, the Salem Greeter program is limited to Salem’s downtown. In addition, we offer tours, please click here for more information and refer to Travel Salem’s website for complete area information. The Travel Salem Visitor Center is also a great resource where you can pick up complimentary travel guides and brochures. Also, our friendly Salem Greeters will be happy to share a local’s perspective and recommendations of area attractions and dining options!
How is Travel Salem different from a Chamber of Commerce?
Destination Marketing Organizations (DMO) are similar to Chambers of Commerce in that both organizations develop the economic health and vitality of the community. DMO's use tourism and convention marketing as an economic development strategy. A Chamber of Commerce will usually have a broader focus for developing the business community.
My business is not directly involved with visitors. Should I join Travel Salem anyway?
While you may not offer a service directly to the visitor, your business might be important to front line hospitality businesses like hotels, restaurants, car rental agencies, etc. Many "non-visitor industry" businesses join Travel Salem to form relationships with front-line visitor service businesses. Some examples are web designers, banks, accountants, promotional products companies, and video production companies. We also offer an entire section on Relocation. This is a great resource for people moving into our area.
Why is there an "inside" and "outside" pricing structure?
While networking is a great membership benefit, there are a lot of other benefits that don't require your participation. Some examples are listings in Travel Salem's publications, newsletter inserts and advertising leads, to name a few.