WELLINGTON – April 21, 2015 – Nineteen people – mostly members of the Evangeline Tourism Association (ETA) and other organizers of francophone events – received some interesting training on hosting tourists on the morning of April 11 in Wellington.
Trainer Théodore Thériault, who had earlier taken similar training from PEI Festivals and Events, gave an overview of the expectations of tourists as they participate in festivals. He then spoke of the need to better train involved volunteers and to offer experiences that are more interesting for participants.
Thériault focused on both the need to bring back “fun” to organized events and to network with other festivals and tourism operators. His vast experience in community development helped participants understand the ramifications of actions that are undertaken.
According to the trainer, it is important to establish partnerships with Summerside area motels as well as with the province’s major events, including the Lobster Carnival in Summerside, the Rendez-Vous Rustico and even Old Home Week in Charlottetown.
Attendees said they had learned new practical information along with new ways to improve their roles within local festivals. They found the training to be both easy to understand and interesting. Everyone agreed the information they received was useful.
They also expressed a need for more training on such themes as planning and managing events as well as in publicity and marketing.
The half-day of training was delivered thanks to support from the PEI Department of Tourism. ETA also appreciated the contributions of RDÉE Prince Edward Island (through its tourism development officer Gregory Urier) and CBDC Central PEI, which contributed financially and in the coordination of the event.
CUTLINE: Several of the participants from a recent training day, organized by Evangeline Tourism Association, are involved in deep discussions about themes suggested by trainer Théodore Thériault.
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