Venue, Lodging, & More


Grand Hotel

Room Rates

Deluxe King - Single Occupancy = $119, Double Occupancy = $129

Deluxe Double Queen - Single Occupancy = $129, Double Occupancy = $139

Suite King - Single Occupancy = $139, Double Occupancy = $149

Suite Double Queen - Single Occupancy = $149, Double Occupancy = $159

Parking - On-site, complementary covered parking is available in the hotel parking garage. In addition, the Grand Hotel has complementary overflow parking just one block from the convention center on the top level of the Pringle Parkade.

To make a room reservation call 503-540-7800. Be sure to tell them you are part of the NWGIS User Group Conference to get these rates. Reservations for the Grand Hotel must be received by September 16, 2016.


Salem Convention Center


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Travel Information

The closest airport to Salem is Portland International (PDX). Portland is about 1 hour driving time to Salem depending on traffic. An alternate airport is Eugene (EUG), which is about 1.5 hour driving time to Salem.

NWGIS has arranged for a 5% to 7% discount to PDX for conference attendees on Alaska Airlines. Use meeting fare code ECMX221 when you book your flight.

Meeting Air Fare Rules:

  • Your group is entitled to 5% or 7% discount off Alaska Airlines published fares (except companion and other promotional fares).
  • You may book and ticket on the blackout dates but no discount will apply.
  • Any change or cancellation after ticketing is subject to a service charge.  All fare rules and additional blackout dates of the fare apply.
  • All tickets must be issued online or the Alaska Airlines Group desk.
  • A $15.00 ticketing fee will apply to any tickets issued by the Group Desk.

Book a flight on Alaska now

Shuttle service from PDX is available every 2 hours with HUT

NWGIS has also arrange a 10% discount off the best available Amtrak fare to (Salem, OR) between (October 14, 2016 – October 23, 2016).  To book your reservation call Amtrak at 1 (800) 872-7245 or contact your local travel agent. Conventions cannot be booked via Internet.  Please be sure to refer to Convention Fare Code X16A-942 when making your reservation.  This offer is not valid on the Auto Train and Acela Service.  Fare is valid on Amtrak Regional for all departures seven days a week, except for holiday blackouts.  Offer valid with Sleepers, Business Class or First Class seats with payment of the full applicable accommodation charges.

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Social Activities

Tuesday evening: Pub Tour (Link to Map)

Leave the driving to us and enjoy three brew pubs in Salem.  Hop on the bus at the Salem Convention Center Tuesday evening at 5:00, 5:45, or 6:30 and get off at Sparky’s, Santiam, or Gilgamesh.  The last drop off at the Convention Center will be at 9:30.

Sparky’s Brewing

Santiam Brewing

Gilgamesh Brewing

Regisistration is Closed


Wednesday evening: Vendor Social

Our vendors are sponsoring a social event with appetizers and no host bar.

The Lightning Talks will also be presented in the Croisan room.


Thursday evening: Casino Night

The closing evening of the conference will be catered by the Salem Convention Center followed by a Casino Party.

This will be a fun party to gamble with Funny Money and keep your dollars in your pocket.


Map of Brew Pub Tour

Northwest GIS User Group

NWGIS is a non-profit organization that provides a forum for training, exchange of knowledge, techniques, and data among the users of ESRI software and related GIS products and services.