Show Me St. Joe Tour Kicks Off National Tourism Week

Published 05/01 2012 05:09PM

Updated 05/01 2012 09:13PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The City of St. Joseph is gearing up for the summer tourism season.

When it comes to rich history and exciting attractions, St. Joseph has a lot to share.

With the beginning of the tourism season around the corner, many are getting prepared to show off what our community has to offer.

"We want them to be enthused about the city and know what all there is to do and be able to pull out their visitors guide and say 'oh you're going to love this, we have wonderful history,'" said Lindsay Bernard, St. Joseph Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The St. Joseph Convention and Visitors Bureau held an enrichment workshop for businesses that work with tourists.

They were given information about the history and attractions in the community.

"To take them out on a little field trip to show them what St. Joe has to offer, what's in their own backyard," said Bernard.

Visitors are often asking about local eateries and the main attractions.

This tour provided local workers with hands on experience about the history of St. Joseph.

"It's important for my employees to know about St. Joe, the history of St. Joe. We have a ton of tourists that come in and like to see the city and what we have to offer," said Megan Derry, Drury Inn & Suites St. Joseph. 

The workshops are offered several times a year for new employees or anyone interested, and each workshop is a little different.

"We've added more of the historic homes on it, we don't go in them but we actually drive Hall Street and the Museum Hill district," said Bernard.

The tour visited several attractions including the Albrecht Kemper Museum of Art.

"I think visitors appreciate that we are here, we are off the beaten path but when they get here, they spend hours," said Jane Graves, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Albrecht Kemper Museum of Art.

The tours today provided short visits to a variety of places.

The visitors bureau wants to stress the importance of tourism and residents involvement in attracting visitors.

May 5 kicks off National Travel and Tourism Week, a tradition since 1984.

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