Jan 27, 2014 1:21 AM by Sean Mooney
Tucson- The Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase is one of the biggest event that takes place in the Old Pueblo.
According to Visit Tucson, $10 million is pumped into the local economy as thousands of visitors come to the show every year. Once again the city is recruiting "Downtown Ambassadors" to make those who come to the show feel even more welcome.
The current deep freeze back East isn't the only reason the city is expecting a very prosperous tourist season this year. The business community is also counting on the biggest Gem Show in the world to again keep the dollars flowing in.
For the second year, Brandi Haga, with the Downtown Tucson Partnership is recruiting volunteers to help visitors navigate the city during their visit to Tucson. "I'll be teaching them about the Gem Show, the history, where the exhibits are and who attends. We will also be training them about downtown, make sure we tell our visitors to visit downtown, to visit downtown merchants, check out the restaurants, go check out the shopping, there is a lot that downtown has to offer."
Volunteer Tom Skinner says the ambassadors not only serve as guides, directing people to the various exhibits all over the city, they also sell Tucson. "I thought it was important not only to direct them to their favorite Gem Show, I thought it was also important tell them about Tucson and try to get them to leave some of their money here."
The show officially begins February 1st and runs through the 16th. But some exhibits are already open for business.
More than 50,000 people from all over the world are expected to visit. Brendi Haga says It is the downtown ambassador's mission to keep them coming back for more. "We want to see the gem show stay here for years to come and have these people that visit the gem show come back every year as well as the locals."
Last year nearly 50 people volunteered, this time around they are hoping to double that number. For more information on how you can become a "Downtown Ambassador" click on the link below.
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