2014-01-29 / What's Happening

Berkeley Springs hosts training for foreign tourism officials


Tourism officials from Eurasia visited Berkeley Springs for training by local business and tourism leaders. 
photo courtesy of Jeanne Mozier Tourism officials from Eurasia visited Berkeley Springs for training by local business and tourism leaders. photo courtesy of Jeanne Mozier Nearly two dozen tourism officials plus interpreters from Armenia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Uzbekistan and Ukraine came to the local area last Thursday, January 23 to learn about marketing and destination development from Travel Berkeley Springs.

The U.S. Department of Commerce SABIT (Special American Business Internship Training) program takes Eurasian delegations to select locations around the country for practical training. The program brought a group to Berkeley Springs in June 2013.

International Trade Specialist Justyna Kottke said “You were such a fantastic host to our delegation last year that we want to come again.” Other locations for this 2014 trip were Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles, Asheville, N.C.; Charleston, S.C.; Portland, Oregon and Annapolis, Md.

Delegation members heard marketing suggestions for their individual countries, tips about retail operations, the impact of arts events and the workings of the visitors center and the hotel/motel tax from TBS members and staff including Jeanne Mozier, Anne Beckley, Laura Smith and Barb Wolfe.

The group had lunch at Tari’s Cafe, toured the Star Theatre, visited retail businesses at the Ice House, Hunter’s Hardware and Berkeley Springs Memories and toured Berkeley Springs State Park. The training concluded with a presentation on lodging by Matt Omps who took the group on a tour of the Country Inn and Renaissance Spa.

“They said of all the places they went, we looked the most like America,” reported Mozier.

Upon returning to Washington, Kottke wrote that “the group raved about their time in Berkeley Springs. It was another valuable visit.”

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