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Be a Buffalo Ambassador

The
Buffalo Niagara Convention & Visitors Bureau and Erie County Executive
Chris Collins are urging local citizens to become a Buffalo ambassador and help
bring a convention, meeting or sporting event to town.

These
events are big business, and the people who attend them leave behind big money.
In 2008, the direct economic impact of conventions, meetings and sporting
events booked by the Buffalo Niagara Convention & Visitors Bureau totaled
over $65 million.

“This
new Ambassador Program allows every citizen of Buffalo and Erie County to take
an active role in the revitalization of our area,” said Erie County
Executive Chris Collins.  “It’s time for all of us to start
celebrating what’s great about Western New York, and to spread the word around
the Country.  Tourism is a growth industry in Erie County, and we must
capitalize on that.  I urge every Western New Yorker to tell their
out-of-town friends and associates about our multitude of art and cultural
attractions, our architectural treasures and our beautiful waterfront. 
Together, we’ll set Erie County on the road to a bright future.”

By
helping to bring a meeting, convention or sporting event to town, Buffalo
Ambassadors are contributing to the economic vitality of the community.
Convention delegates, meeting attendees and sports participants spend
out-of-town dollars on hotels, restaurants, shops and attractions. These
expenditures mean jobs and tax relief for each and every household in Erie
County.

Thousands
of Buffalonians have professional affiliations, or belong to religious
organizations, sports leagues, alumni associations, and hobby and affinity
groups. The CVB is looking for Buffalo Ambassadors to use their connections and
influence within a group to steer an event to Buffalo. By working with the CVB
staff, volunteer members can help to influence the selection process in favor
of Buffalo.

“This
is a grassroots opportunity for the people of Buffalo to help our community,”
said Drew Cerza, interim president, Buffalo Niagara Convention & Visitors
Bureau. “We need our residents to use their associations and persuasion to help
attract meeting, conventions, and sporting events. One person’s efforts and
love for our community can produce incredible economic rewards for Buffalo.”

Participants
will receive a
really cool, free T-shirt, discounts to
area attractions with your Buffalo Ambassador membership card, and the pride
and satisfaction that comes with helping the community grow and prosper.

People
interested in learning more about the Buffalo Ambassador program, please visit
www.visitbuffaloniagara.com/ambassador/ and complete the registration form. Or
call 716. 852.0511 and ask for program director Cheryl Zanghi.

 

 

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