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Volunteers sought to promote north-east tourism

By Lewis McBlane

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Aberdeenshire's tourism organisation wants fresh volunteers to give visitors a warm, local welcome.

VisitAberdeenshire is recruiting "welcome to Aberdeenshire volunteers" to greet and inform visitors attending conferences or boarding cruise ships.

Volunteers will be provided with a uniform and given full training to boost their local knowledge and customer service skills.

VisitAberdeenshire Volunteers will help promote tourism in the north-east.
VisitAberdeenshire Volunteers will help promote tourism in the north-east.

Ghada Sherif, a welcome to Aberdeenshire volunteer, said: "I really enjoy this role as it gives me the opportunity to meet a variety of new people, do something useful and enthuse about this wonderful part of the world. I thoroughly recommend it."

The scheme began in 2019 and had success attracting volunteers but, with more in-person events expected in 2022, more helping hands are needed again.

VisitAberdeenshire CEO Chris Foy said: ”Creating a positive first impression of the region is really important so we are looking for individuals who will provide that for visitors and help ensure that they want to return.

“The main criteria are enthusiasm, positivity about the area and availability to help out at events which may take place throughout the week, in the evenings or over weekends.

“There are already a number of conferences in the diary for the coming year and having extra volunteers on hand to guide and direct visitors adds positively to their overall experience.”

To find out more about the scheme and how to apply, visit: www.abdn.com/about-us/volunteers/

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