In continuing a Policy of local , the Tourist Office of Salon-de-Provence wishes to integrate the tendancy of participatory tourism , carried out by a group of Greeters . The Toursit Office hopes to respond to the present tourist-oriented demand , based on authenticity and unique experience , and so create a new source of attraction for our town .
All within a spirit of sharing and meeting together , the Salon Greeters wish to welcome and benevolently accompany tourists for a visit which is “off the beaten track” , an unusual discovery of the town and its myriad of curiosities .
The themes of the tours embrace all types of activity : art , shopping , gastronomy , nature etc . Each tour is unique , put together to suit the tastes and interests of the visitors , and also according to their interaction with the Greeter .
ARTICLE 2 – WHO ARE THE GREETERS?
The Greeters are over 18 and live and/or work in Salon-de-Provence .
Their prime motivation is to welcome visitors to their town and show them their “spots” , classic or more unusual , of Salon-de-Provence .
The Greeter is not a conference-type guide , dedicating a tour to relating facts and details on the historical heritage of the town . Of course , this can form the basis of the visit but the Greeter remains a “story teller ” of Salon-de-Provence , sharing and exchanging his own vision and experience of the town , all supported by suitable anecdotes .
ARTICLE 3 – THE TOURISTS
They can be families , groups of friends , couples , people on their own , here on holiday or for business reasons , or even just recently settled in our town .
The number of people composing a tour with a Greeter cannot exceed 6 persons .
A child must always be accompanied by an adult . In the case of tours with several children therein , the group must include at least 2 persons of adult age .
ARTICLE 4 – APPLYING TO GO ON A GREETER’S TOUR
Requests for a tour must be received at the Tourist Office at least 4 working days before arrival in Salon-de-Provence . This can only be done on the on-line form which can be found on the appropriate internet website .
Each visitor or group of visitors must fill in the questionnaire in which he describes his interests (arts , environment , sports , etc) and what he wishes to discover during the course of his stay : be immersed in the life of a specific district , get to know the parks and gardens of the town , discover local food/drink and all the artisan side .
The visitor can also state his preferences as to the type of Greeter that corresponds to his expectations , but there is no guarantee that that sort of request can be met .
The Tourism Office does the final matching.
The designated Greeter then makes contact with the visitor(s) and settle all the arrangements for the visit . The meeting place will need to be chosen in function of the tour itinerary and be easy to find .
ARTICLE 5 – PRECISIONS ABOUT THE TOUR
The tour lasts for approximately 1h30 , but it can go on a little longer , in as much as both Greeter and visitor(s) are in agreement .
Meeting with a Greeter is entirely free for the visitor and the Greeter is to accept no tip nor any other kind of compensation . If expenses come about (eg drinks in a café , public transport tickets , museum of other entry tickets , etc) , each person pays for his own expenses . The Greeter is under no obligation whatsoever to pay for any visitor(s) expenses and vice versa .
The Toursit Office can arbitrarily make up a group of different visitors , who would not know each other prior to the visit but would have made the same type of request and for the same date .
If ever car usage becomes necessary , the Greeter and visitor(s) each use their respective vehicle .
ARTICLE 6 – RESPONSIBILITY
The visitor is made aware of the conditions put over in this Charter and is deemed to respect them . In the case of lateness or cancellation , the visitor has to notify the Greeter directly , as well as the Toursit Office . In the opposite case , the tour is cancelled automatically after a lapse of 15 minutes . The visitor is expected to respect the usual local regulations , such as the highway code , access to authorised places (without danger) etc .
The visitor has to be covered by his own civil responsbility type of insurance .
Under no circumstances can the responsiblity of the Salon-de-Provence Tourist Office or that of the Greeter be engaged for any incident , mishap , discrepancy or litigation not resulting by the direct fault of the Tourist Office or Greeter