‘Fam’ tour gets workers acquainted with local attractions

Callie Hermanson
Lakeside Leader

For three separate days last week the Slave Lake Region Tourism Society held its first Familiarization Tour.

Familiarization Tours are a tool for tourism ambassadors to obtain knowledge of attractions and events in the area to share with visitors.

The tour highlighted key places to visit in Slave Lake and the region including the Marten River Campground and its amenities, the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory, the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation, the Gilwood Golf and Country Club, Devonshire Beach, the MD boat launch, Big Fish Bay Campground, the Multi-Rec Centre, Northern Lights Aquatic Centre and Schurter Park.

Helene Klassen, the Regional Tourism and Economic Development Supervisor, says she thinks the tours were successful, adding that employers had reported their employees saying they had an “awesome” day and gained so much knowledge.

“We had a schedule to follow, and so we only hit the high parts, which was a good start.”

Klassen says people told her their favourite part of the tour was the visiting Gilwood Golf and Country Club and going on the on the golf cart tour and the seeing the beaches.
“A lot of people are new to the town and working in the hospitality and tourism industry, so this tour was good to hold.” She adds the tour was well supported by the rest of the Regional Tourism Society and also the Economic Development Committee.
Another tour is scheduled for July for companies who did not get the chance to attend the first batch of tours and for new community members.

Participants get a Gilwood 101 talk from manager Tom Tippin.

Ceiridwen Robbins a Visitor Services Coordinator with Alberta Parks, showing members of the familiarization tour around the Marten River provincial campground.

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