Tourism Vancouver's new Volunteer City Hosts
today start taking visitor information to the streets, offering a
mobile visitor information service in five city corridors.
Wearing distinctive bright green shirts and vests, the Volunteer
City Hosts' role is similar to that of Tourism Vancouver Visitor
Information Counsellors, providing information, directions and
friendly advice on what to do and see in the city.
the City of Vancouver, the summer initiative will serve as a
prelude to an enhanced visitor services program during the
Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
summer is a fantastic opportunity to launch the Volunteer City
Host program," said Tourism Vancouver chair Rick Baxter. "Not only
will it allow us to fine tune our plans before the 2010 Winter
Games, it will also reach visitors out enjoying the city, driving
further business to the tourism industry sector during what could
be a difficult summer."
The program will run from June 15
until mid-September, with up to 15 pairs of hosts out on
the streets at any one time. They'll carry tourist maps and
reference materials, and will be ready to refer visitors to the
organization's two Visitor Centres for more in-depth services and
Tourism Vancouver's flagship Visitor Centre is
located at 200 Burrard Street, with a second satellite location on
Robson Street in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson shared his support for the
program, saying, "Tourism Vancouver's Volunteer City Host program is a
great example of our citizens sharing their knowledge and
enthusiasm for Vancouver with our visitors, benefiting the tourism
industry and the city as a whole."
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