VISITOR CENTER AND ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES NOW HOUSED IN HISTORIC CAPITOL CENTER
Travel Salem has new headquarters. The Salem region’s destination marketing organization has moved to the historic Capitol Center, located at 388 State Street in downtown Salem.
Both the Travel Salem Visitors Center and administrative offices now occupy the first floor – approximately 4,800 square feet of space – of the Capitol Center. The relocation comes as a result of simply outgrowing its former space at 181 High Street NE, where the organization was housed from late 2007 to October 2017.
“We’re excited about this new space and the unique opportunities it will provide for Travel Salem to roll out the welcome mat for visitors coming to the region!” said Travel Salem CEO Angie Onyewuchi. “We were drawn to the premium location near one of Salem’s main entranceways into the city and the proximity to the Salem Convention Center,” added Onyewuchi.
The 11-story Capitol Center has a rich and storied past. Built in 1927, it is the tallest professional building in Salem at 151 feet high. It was originally known as the First National Bank Building and was financed by Salem entrepreneur and politician Thomas A. Livesley. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.
“Our retrofit to the space seeks to embrace the historic beauty while at the same time adding some modern twists to freshen things up and create a destination spot. It will give visitors a taste for the one-of-a-kind assets and heritage treasures awaiting their discovery in the region,” said Onyewuchi.
Travel Salem markets and promotes the Mid-Willamette Valley as a premier, year-round destination for conventions, events and leisure travelers. The Visitors Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.