Those who deal firsthand with visitors to the Erie community received an up-close and personal experience with area tourist attractions Tuesday.
VisitErie invited people who work in restaurants and front desk hotel clerks to tour Erie attractions so they can provide better information and recommendations to those who visit the Erie area.
The annual Frontline Familiarization Tour took around 40 people to different tourist attractions Tuesday including: the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, Waldameer Park & Water World and the Experience Children’s Museum.
VisitErie said the goal is to educate the Erie County staff that interacts directly with the visitors to the area on attractions and accommodations to help provide more things to do in the area, and hopefully persuade potential visitors to stay longer.
Emily Beck, VisitErie’s director of tourism development, said the tour included places that are considered Erie’s hidden gems.
“We kind of picked places that you might not be as familiar with,” Beck said. “Everybody hopefully has been to Jerry Uht Park and the Erie Insurance Arena and Presque Isle Downs, but not everybody has been to these other locations.”
Beck said having these employees get their own, hands on experience at these places are critical in providing the best experience for visitors in Erie possible.