CTA Scholarship Program
Scholarships are now available for the new Thurston Tourism Ambassador Program.
Experience Olympia and Beyond has formed a partnership with the National Tourism Ambassador Institute® (TAI) to train hospitality workers and community leaders to become well-informed, enthusiastic advocates for their region. The Thurston Tourism Ambassador Program has a multi-faceted curriculum that helps increase tourism by inspiring graduates to turn every visitor encounter into a positive experience. When visitors have a positive experience, they are more likely to return and share their experiences with others. Everyone benefits – the visitor, the industry, the local economy, the hospitality professional and the community.
Depending on their industry, graduates of the Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) Program have reported receiving higher tips and other career advancement opportunities as a result of the training. In addition to having the prestigious CTA designation after their names on official communication and business cards, all CTA’s receive a lapel pin and are enrolled in the Concierge Freebies & Discounts program offering free or reduced admission at select attractions and discounts at local restaurants.
Experience Olympia & Beyond has a limited number of scholarships available in 2020 for individuals needing financial assistance for CTA training. The minimum commitment is 4-6 hours of pre-class reading plus a 3-4 hour certification course and open book exam.