Tourists welcome offensive in Amsterdam

12th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

12 October 2007, AMSTERDAM – About twenty hosts and hostesses will from Saturday be welcoming tourists visiting the city centre of Amsterdam. With the slogan “I amsterdam” printed on their clothes they will show tourists the way in Amsterdam and will be giving them 'the feeling of being welcome' at tourist sights, the Amsterdam Tourism & Congress Bureau (ATCB) said.

12 October 2007

AMSTERDAM – About twenty hosts and hostesses will from Saturday be welcoming tourists visiting the city centre of Amsterdam. With the slogan “I amsterdam” printed on their clothes they will show tourists the way in Amsterdam and will be giving them 'the feeling of being welcome' at tourist sights, the Amsterdam Tourism & Congress Bureau (ATCB) said.

This will be a nine-day pilot project. The action is part of "Welcome", a project set up by several organisations to improve Amsterdam’s hospitality. If the pilot is a success, the ATCB wants to deploy the hosts and hostesses from Easter to November next year.

It is important that visitors are being approached in a helpful, friendly way and feel very welcome, Director Stefan Diender of ATCB said. "Our volunteers will also approach tourists who are staring endlessly at the city plan. In addition, they will point out the security aspects to our visitors, for instance, when they have left their bag open."

The deployment of the team of hosts and hostesses is a follow-up to two other projects that have already been running for some time. Shop owners and entrepreneurs in the catering sector have been given the opportunity to follow hospitality training courses. And mystery guests have been investigating how welcome tourists actually are in Amsterdam.

 
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