Millet Summer Students Attend Travel Alberta Spring Showcase

 Submitted by Kayla Shaver and Beth Windiate

On May 2-4 2011 the Millet and District Museum, Archives and Visitor Information Center summer students embarked on the annual Travel Alberta training session in Edmonton at the Radisson Hotel. Attending this event allows our Millet Visitor Information Center to be accredited by Travel Alberta and ensures that standards are met.  At the Spring Showcase representatives at 48 booths provided a nine-minute presentation that included key points about their attraction. Many of the booths were interactive allowing us to visualize what an experience such as white water rafting would actually be like.  We also learned about various attractions throughout Alberta such as Historical Sites like Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo-Jump and Rutherford House, as well as museums including the Royal Tyrell Museum and our very own Reynolds Alberta Museum. For those looking for an adventure there is always Icefield Helicopter Tours or an Alberta Prairie Railway Excursion.
Our training sessions included valuable information on how to use the free Alberta accommodation/campground guides when planning a trip. We learned that an Alberta Road Map is an essential tool for the traveler. We also learned that Travel Alberta is committed to providing a high quality of customer service. To ensure that standards are being met at all Visitor Information Centers in Alberta they send mystery shoppers to test the skills and knowledge of the travel counselors. 
As Alberta citizens we are very fortunate to have so many travel, vacation and recreation opportunities so close to home. If you are planning a trip this summer don’t forget about the visitor information center in your community. We would be happy to help you get started and show you what Alberta has to offer.
We would like to thank Canadian Museums Association - Young Canada Work Program, Summer Temporary Employment Program, Town of Millet, and Millet and District Historical Society for supporting our attendance at the 2011 Travel Alberta Spring Showcase and our summer positions.  
Our summer hours start Tuesday May 24 until Saturday August 27 open Monday through Saturday 8:30 am -4:30pm.  Closed all Sundays and Canada Day Friday July 1.  We may open after hours by appointment.  Happy Trails.
 
Photograph of the Red Deer Tourism booth. Back row: Kayla Shaver, Tracey Leavitt, and Kirsten Bles. Front row: Kelsey Cheel and Beth Windiate. 
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