montgomery-county-chamber-of-commerce.jpgFonda, N.Y. - The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce activities during National Tourism Week, May 8 through 16.  The goal of National Tourism Week is to enhance the economy, security and perception, and recognize the cultural and social benefits created by travel and tourism. On Monday, May 10 from 5:30 to 7pm the Annual Tourism Brochure Exchange will take place at The Chamber Office, 1166 Riverfront Center, Lower Level, Amsterdam.  "The Brochure Exchange is a chance to get acquainted with fellow businesses and let them know what tourism opportunities are being offered throughout the County," states Gina DaBiere-Gibbs, Tourism Director. All Montgomery County attractions, farms, restaurants, specialty shops, lodging facilities, agricultural businesses, and any other tourism related businesses are encouraged to attend.  Items that can be exchanged include brochures, schedules, maps, flyers and any other promotional materials.  There is no cost to participate in the Brochure Exchange but reservations are required. On Thursday, May 13 at 8:30am a Hospitality Customer Service Training Breakfast will take place at the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs, 136 Shrine Road, Fultonville (Auriesville).  "The goal of this breakfast is to enhance customer service skills, general tourism industry networking, and highlight what resources are available for visitors to Montgomery County," says DaBiere-Gibbs.  "This training is open to those involved in hospitality both directly and indirectly.  The seminar is not limited to attractions, restaurants, and lodging facilities; we encourage representatives from gas stations, convenient stores, and retail stores to participate.  These front line associates are the ambassadors to our County receiving the infamous questions, "what is there to do here and where is there to eat?""  The breakfast seminar is $15 per person and open to the public.  "I invite area residents to support the travel and tourism industry by visiting many of our local attractions, restaurants, and events," adds DaBiere-Gibbs.  "As summer approaches, consider staying within the County for your vacation.  Visit our wonderful museums, stay at a charming bed and breakfast, and make use of the river and Canalway Trail offering an array of activities.  Montgomery County has a wide variety of adventurous locations: the great outdoors, agriculture, history, arts and culture, and so much more!" For more "Staycation" ideas and Montgomery County information log onto http://www.visitmontgomerycountyny.com/ and fan us on Facebook, search Visit Montgomery County.  To RSVP to the Brochure Exchange or Breakfast call DaBiere-Gibbs at 842-8200 ext. 12.

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Contact: Gina DaBiere-Gibbs Tourism Director 518-842-8200 ext. 12 http://www.visitmontgomerycountyny.com/