Calling All Community Ambassadors
Prince George, B.C.- Today, Tourism Prince George is hosting what they have labelled “Hello PG, Community Ambassador Fair”.Erica Hummel, the CEO of Tourism Prince George says the fair is part of the tourism week in Canada celebrations “It’s an opportunity for some of the people in the front lines of the hospitality industry to get to know their tourism partners in kind of an informal exchange. So maybe a student has been hired to work at a hotel front desk and maybe they aren’t so familiar with all of the great things to do in Prince George, so it gives them more of an opportunity to go and meet a lot of the different people in the attractions sector and restaurants.”
The fair isn’t limited to those in the hospitality industry, it is open to members of the public ” When we have our own families and friends visit us, we want to take them around and show them all the great sites, so it’s an opportunity not only for those employed in the tourism industry, but anybody who is enthusiastic in showing people who are new to the town or are visiting, just all the things there are to do.”
The tourism season is just getting underway and Hummel says this may be a very good year for tourism in this region “We are actually looking pretty good. The Province itself had a great year last year and they are anticipating because of the dollar and different political things happening in the States, they’re expecting it to be even better this year.” She says special milestones, such as the 150th for Canada and the 75th anniversary for the Alaska Highway are also likely to boost travel to the region “I think we are going to see some growth this year.”
The other benefit of a fair like this is sharing the importance of the tourism industry to the local and provincial economy says Hummel “Sometimes I think forestry and mining and all those other industries, really speak louder than tyourism as an industry, so it’s really our opportunity to celebrate the (tourism) industry itself and spread the word about the visitor economy to Prince George.”
The fair is happening from 10-4 today at the Coast Inn of the North.