Reaching a superior level of guest service in Flint & Genesee
The Flint & Genesee Tourism Ambassador Program is a multi-faceted program that serves to increase tourism by inspiring front-line employees and volunteers to turn every visitor encounter into a positive experience. When visitors have a positive experience they are more likely to return in the future and also share their experience with others. Everyone benefits — the visitor, the industry, the local economy, and most importantly, the front-line worker.
Easy online enrollment is available at www.CTANetwork.com!
The Vision of the Ambassador Program
Flint & Genesee tourism leaders have partnered to unite our front-line tourism representatives not only to serve our current visitors, but also to prepare for the future. This program demonstrates our dedication to promoting our destination as one of the best, with a high level of commitment to our visitors.
Why Choose the Flint & Genesee Tourism Ambassador Program?
Tourism is big business not only to large cities, but also to small communities in the United States and around the world. Visitors spend money attending to business, touring attractions, or learning about the history of the area. This infusion of “new money” into the local economy often holds local tax increases at bay and gives Flint & Genesee extra money to enhance its infrastructure—making the destination more appealing over time. As a result, destinations spend lots of money courting convention and leisure travelers.
But in reality, no amount of money will make up for the visitor having a bad experience, which negatively impacts Flint & Genesee’s brand and overall image as a destination.
The Flint & Genesee Tourism Ambassador Program teaches front-line employees and volunteers best practices and ensures that they understand their role in increasing tourism. The program helps your front-line increase their knowledge of the region; provides answers to the variety of questions received from visitors; and gives your front-line a chance to meet one another, learn from each other’s experiences and celebrate together!
FOR EMPLOYEES & VOLUNTEERS
What separates the Flint & Genesee Tourism Ambassador Program from other training programs is that it’s certification, not just training. Employees and volunteers who complete the program receive a credential and accompanying initials that can be used behind the person’s name to denote their commitment to their profession as a Certified Tourism Ambassador™ (e.g., Jim Smith, CTA). The CTA logo may also be used on your website and business cards/communications with approval.
As an Accredited Provider, the Flint & Genesee Convention and Visitors Bureau presents the official CTA designation on behalf of the Tourism Ambassador Institute®, the oversight body for the certification program.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?
- Provides a meaningful credential
- Increased business, higher tips
- Builds valuable skills
- Career advancement
- Networking opportunities
- Receive regular advice & updates
By becoming a Certified Tourism Ambassador™ you’ll have the tools and knowledge necessary to create a more memorable visitor experience and you’ll reap the benefits. Being a CTA is a great achievement. It is an official designation to add to your resume.
- Module 1: The Power of Tourism
- Module 2: Discovering Flint & Genesee
- Module 3: Knowing, Finding, Using Resources
- Module 4: Exceeding Customer Expectations
The curriculum is delivered through reading assignments and in-class participation.
Every certification program requires successful completion of a core curriculum. The following recaps the requirements to earn the CTA designation:
- Complete required reading
- Attend half-day classroom session
- Complete learning assignments
- Complete open-book examination
Upon successful completion, participants will earn the Certified Tourism Ambassador™ designation and receive a CTA certificate and lapel pin. An annual renewal process of certification is also necessary to maintain your certification.
There is a one-time non-refundable, non-transferable application fee of $30 per person and a minimal annual renewal fee.
Please see class schedule below. Or access the class schedule and additional information online at www.CTANetwork.com
2021 CTA Classes
- Tuesday, March 2, 2021 1-5 p.m. (Register by Friday, February 19, 2021)
- Thursday, April 29, 2021 1-5 p.m. (Register by Friday, April 16, 2021)
- Thursday, June 24, 2021 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Register by Friday, June 11, 2021)
- Tuesday, August 17, 2021 – 12-5 p.m. (Register by Friday, August 6, 2021)
- Friday, October 22, 2021 – 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (Register by Tuesday, October 12, 2021)
- Wednesday, December 8, 2021 – 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Register by Friday, November 26, 2021)