Tourism ambassadors to serve Merritt this summer

By on June 13, 2016

For the first time ever Merritt will have a trio of tourism ambassadors patrolling the streets this summer thanks to government funding.

Chamber of commerce manager Etelka Gillespie told the Herald ambassadors will be stationed at the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame building, and operate a information kiosk on DeWolf Way from Tuesday to Saturday.

The nine week program begins June 27 and runs to the end of August, Gillespie said. The ambassadors will have a 35-hour work week.

They will interact and assist visitors and businesses, help out during events and clean up garbage lying around.

It won’t be difficult to spot them as the trio will wear bright green shirts and cowboy hats.

“They’re going to be quite visible,” Gillespie said.

Gillespie said the chamber applied and received federal funding to hire summer students. 

She has applied for the funds in the past, but hasn’t been successful until now.

Gillespie said she’d like to make the tourism ambassadors an annual service and hopes the community embraces it.

If the program is deemed a success this year, then chamber of commerce will look to secure funding to see the program return next year.

Current students between the ages of 15 and 29  are currently being sought for this year’s tourism ambassadors.

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