March 16, 2016

Think you know all there is to know about Flint & Genesee? Great!

Now, let’s put it to the test by becoming a Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA). Registration is underway for the April 13 class. Register now.

The Flint & Genesee Convention and Visitors Bureau CTA program teaches frontline professionals in the hospitality industry as well as community volunteers the finer points of how to welcome and showcase the region to out-of-towners. That’s important because visitors who have a positive experience are more likely to return in the future and share their experience with others.

Prospective CTAs will learn about: The Power of Tourism; Discovering Flint & Genesee; Knowing, Finding, Using Resources; and Exceeding Customer Expectations. The coursework includes required reading, a half-day classroom session and an open-book test. There is a one-time application fee of $30 per person and an annual renewal fee of $15 per person.

“It’s a fun and interesting way to learn more about Flint & Genesee while expanding your professional network,” said CVB Director DeAndra McCain. “We’re well on our way to reaching our goal of training 500 CTAs this year. But we’re not there yet. So if you’ve been thinking about becoming a CTA, now’s a good time to sign up.”

Upcoming Classes:

  • Wednesday, April 13 (Must register by Thursday, March 31)
  • Wednesday, May 18 (Must register by Thursday, May 5)

Register here.

Hotels, attractions and organizations that have Certified Tourism Ambassadors™:

  • Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce
  • Flint Cultural Center Corporation
  • Best Western Davison Inn
  • Sloan*Longway
  • On the Town Magazine
  • Flint Youth Theatre
  • The Whiting
  • Mott Community College
  • Flint Spark Volunteers

  • Americas Best Value Inn & Suites

  • Holiday Inn Gateway Centre
  • Digital Medics
  • Flint Institute of Arts
  • Knob Hill Bed & Breakfast
  • Floradora

  • VanDyke Photographers and Video Media Production

  • Cumulus Media
  • Hampton Inn & Suites
  • Village Printing, Inc.
  • Riverfront Banquet Center
  • Mount Morris Consolidated Schools
  • Wells Fargo Advisors
  • Baker College of Flint
  • Porter’s Orchard Farm Market and Cider Mill
  • Artistic Visions Enterprise
  • Flint Institute of Music
  • Gerych’s Special Events and Floral Designs