Edge 35 – April 4 – 7, 2016

by gmist on December 7, 2015

Edge of the Wedge 

The Edge of the Wedge is the premier experiential travel training program in Canada! Set in the natural splendor of Gros Morne National Park, the Edge of the Wedge is an immersive, hands on opportunity that will increase your revenue potential, competitive market position, result in new tourism experiences and long lasting community partnerships. And if that’s not enough, you’ll be aligning with how the provincial and national destination marketing organizations are selling Canada.
Dates:  Scheduled for April 4 – 7, 2016

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Fall 2015 Best Practice Missions

by gmist on August 27, 2015

The Fall 2015 Tourism Best Practices Missions are now open for registration

(1) Mission Title: Season Extension
Date:   Oct 21 – 26, 2015
Location:   Edmonton and Jasper, Alberta

Changing visitor travel patterns have provided Atlantic Tourism operators with an incredible opportunity to extend their operations well into the fall/early spring or even become year round operations. Understanding the travel motivators for visitors outside of “peak” tourism season is key to developing a sustainable tourism industry.   It will provide industry and government the opportunity to work towards targeted packaging opportunities and unique seasonal events to draw people to Atlantic Canada Destinations!

The Edmonton/Jasper region of Alberta have been working to provide season extension opportunities to bridge the gaps between the summer season and ski season in the mountains.  The purpose of this mission is to showcase a range of urban and rural experiences and events that have helped bridge those seasonal gaps.

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(2) Mission Title: Seacoasts – Coastal Tourism
Dates : Oct 25 – 30, 2015
Location: Maine, USA

For over 100 years visitors to Atlantic Canada have been drawn to our unique seacoasts.  Home to incredible natural assets and rich cultural traditions the sea is what sustains much our tourism industry in the region.    During this mission participants will be exposed to one of the most visited seacoasts in North America.  The Gulf of Maine is a truly unique part of Maine, with its rugged coastline and rich maritime history. Visitors to the region will find rustic fishing villages, lighthouses and long, sandy beaches; a wealth of museums and historic architecture – and a vibrant art scene with theatre, dance and rich and delectable food experiences.

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(3) Mission Title: Culinary – “Foodie” Tourism
Dates: Nov 1 -6, 2015
Location: Maine, USA

A great proportion of visitors to Atlantic Canada are looking for great food experiences. They want unique food and drink experiences linked to what we grow and harvest from both the land and sea. With such a heightened emphasis on the “foodie” experience there exists an opportunity for Atlantic Canadian destinations to share their culture and history through food and drink. This mission will concentrate on how destinations have created foodie experiences that highlight their regions and engage the visitor in unique ways.

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Spring 2015 Tourism Best Practices

February 25, 2015

The Spring 2015 Tourism Best Practices are now open for nomination – see below:   (1) Mission Title: Emerging Trends in Food and Drink – Growing the Artisanal Distillery and Micro-Brewery Market  Date:   April 26 – May 1, 2015 Location:   Vancouver, Squamish, BC – Seattle, Washington, USA The rapid growth of the craft brewery […]

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Now Taking Registrations for Edge 33 – Filling Fast!

February 2, 2015

Are you looking for ways to gain an edge in the tourism industry? Share your business, your 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 […]

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GMIST Training and Best Practice Missions

January 6, 2015

Happy New Year!  GMIST is excited to share shortly our training dates and list of North American Best Practice Missions.  Check back in the next few weeks to see our offerings and sign up for a program or mission.

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Explorer’s Edge – Unique Learning Experience

October 6, 2014

Explorer’s Edge: The Art of the Experience – How to Leverage Community Resources for Successful Visitor Focused Destinations/Businesses Date:               Nov 16 -21, 2014 Location:     North Bay, South River, Haliburton, ON Summary Over the past decade Todd Lucier has helped shape the tourism industry in Atlantic Canada through his facilitation in the Edge of the […]

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Now Taking Registrations for Edge 32

August 19, 2014

Are you looking for ways to gain an edge in the tourism industry? Share your business, your 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 […]

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Building a Brand Through Good Deeds

June 6, 2014
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Listen to What Grads Have To Say About Their Experience at GMIST

May 27, 2014
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Congratulations to Another Cohort of Edgies!

April 7, 2014

Just finished up Edge 31 and have set forth another 26 Edgies into the world. What 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 […]

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