Just finished up Edge 31 and have set forth another 26 Edgies into the world. Rocky Harbour-20140403-00131What an amazingly talented group of operators, destination managers and tourism support people.  Over the course of four days we experienced some incredible story telling, food and interactive experiences; and learned a great deal about how to enhance and create quality visitor experiences!  Tentatively we are scheduled for mid October for the next Edge of the Wedge program.  Stay tuned for dates and registration notices.



Seats Still Available for Edge of the Wedge

by gmist on January 6, 2014

Are you looking for ways to gain an edge in the tourism industry? Share your business, snowyour community or your landscape in memorable ways with your ideal guests? What would it be like if you could tap into new customer’s and add new products to your inventory that bring to life the special things in your own backyard?

The Edge of the Wedge is the first program in Canada to offer the kind of full immersion and hands on experiences to develop new skills in experiential travel products and community collaboration. There is a global shift taking place in how visitors want to experience their destinations. People want to be connected, to understand and experience local culture and traditions in low impact and sustainable ways. The opportunity we have as operators and service providers is to create engaging visitor experiences in ways that allow for an intimate connection with people and places!

The Edge of the Wedge will show you how to create engaging visitor experiences and more!  You’ll find out how to create and deliver new experiences for different types of visitors, learn how this leads to increased revenues and a stronger competitive positioning, develop long-lasting community partnerships, and align your company or community strategically with your regional and provincial tourism marketing strategy.

It’s an innovative program where you learn to think like a traveller by participating in a number of authentic Atlantic Canadian experiences.

  • Using a variety of engaging learning techniques, you’ll discuss the business opportunities, receive the rationale and tools like costing and pricing spreadsheets, and learn from business frameworks that you can use to create and sell experiences for your business, community, organization and destination.
  • Bring two or three members from your community to this course. As a “cluster”, you’ll find that you can go back to your community not just with ideas, but with best practices, and an expanded network of other operators who “get it”.
  • We think that one of the most enjoyable aspects of this course is that you will meet many of the tourism partners in the Gros Morne area, who want to share their successes as a result of putting into practice experiential travel techniques and principles.
  • And, yes, we will get you out into the national park, which will act as our living laboratory over the four days.

Why GMIST and Edge?

The Gros Morne Institute for Sustainable Tourism is located in Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO tuckamoreworld heritage site. This is a spectacular landscape full of grandeur, geological wonders, and people who love to share their culture and region with visitors. We would like to invite you to come “to the Edge” where you’ll step off into a world of possibilities. This course is not for the faint of heart. If you want access to an intensive professional development program which marries passion and intention, in the world of tourism, you’ve found it!

Dates: March 31 – April 3, 2014

Price: $999.00 plus HST

Location: Rocky Harbour, NL

Funding Available: GMIST provides 50% assistance (Maximum $1000.00) for the GMIST Edge of the Wedge course to qualified Atlantic Canadian tourism operators for tuition, travel, meals, and accommodations. You may also qualify for a further 25% from your provincial tourism department! To be eligible you must be a for profit or not for profit tourism business or attraction. Municipal, provincial and Federal agencies are not eligible. There are a limited number of subsidies available so apply early. If you believe you are eligible for a subsidy apply now by filling out this form! Please note you are responsible for contacting your provincial tourism departments to inquire about the 25% provincial subsidy.



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