FAM Tour 2016


 Crystal Beach Variety

Lake Superior Art Gallery had the privilege of hosting the Tourism Thunder Bay FAM tour. The people taking part in the stop at the Lake Superior Art Gallery were welcomed by Charla Robinson, President of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, Jim Hupka, BIA Chair, and Brian Phillips of VictoriaVille Centre.

A group of local merchants were on hand to tell the visitors about the products and service they offer; Silhouette Boutique, PARO, Ephesians Designs, Amos & Andes, Blue Door Bistro, Crystal Beach Variety and Restaurant.

Tourism Thunder Bay held its annual local FAM Tour yesterday, Tuesday, June 14th.  
This local familiarization tour - developed and delivered by Lois Nuttall of Lake Superior Visits,  was designed to educate front line travel professionals on new tourism businesses and attractions and also what is new with established tourism facilities.
Attending were travel counselors from information centres at Terry Fox, the Pagoda, area parks and the Ontario Information Centre at Pigeon River. Front desk staff from various hotels also attended as did a new private sector tour operator and two local residents who won the tour during last weeks tourism week promotion .  The 24 participants spent the entire day (8:30 to 5:00 pm.) locating, viewing and visiting new and established attractions, retail neighbourhoods, eateries, and visitor service locations.  They used the Thunder Bay Experience guide and local maps to find many services that visitors ask about so that they could easily direct them when they are on shift.  Some of these were: Wilderness North, Fishermen's Park, Marina Park, the Waterfront District, the Bay & Algoma neighbourhood and a number of local businesses who gathered at Victoriaville's Lake Superior Art Gallery to inform the participants of what was new with them this season.

Charla Robinson Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce 

Local businesses and associations that stepped up and took some time to treat the participants royally included:  

Maple Tops Activity Centre
Definitely Superior Art Gallery
Sail Superior
Anishnawbe Art
Take A Hike
The Bean Fiend
The Nook
McKellar Island Bird Observatory
Boulder Bear Climbing Centre

Climbing Vines Cafe
Sleeping Giant Brewing Company
Thunder Bay Art Gallery
Sports Hall of Fame
Thunder Bay Museum
Lake Superior Art Gallery
Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce
Thunder Oak Cheese
Animiki Tours

The participants also had a chance to network with one another on the motor coach which enabled them to extend their own contact list to the benefit of our summer and fall visitors.  A number of delicious treats, prizes and snacks also added to a very good learning day!
Tourism Thunder Bay’s has a long history of initiating this tour and encouraging our tourism partners to invest in their front line staff’s knowledge to promote Thunder Bay.

Tourism Thunder Bay has sponsored this tour in full on an annual basis.

Tourism Thunder Bay FAM Tour Photos


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