Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:00 AM
Borrowing a line from Smiths class Ask the people of Whistler have launched a new programme to connect passionate and knowledgeable locals with tourists.
Ahead of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games the Canadian ski resort is launching 'Ask Me! I'm A Local', where local residents will offer a helping hand to befuddled tourists.
The programme was created by local Janis McKenzie and tourist friend Dan Perdue of Toronto, Ontario.
Through the initiative, tourists can connect with 'Whistlerites' wearing brightly coloured 'Ask Me!' badges and access a wealth of local knowledge. From pointing them in the right direction to recommending a nice restaurant, locals will leave a lasting impression in the hearts of their guests.
"This programme is based on the idea that no matter where you go, it is always the people that make your trip memorable," said Ms McKenzie.
"Whistler is full of friendly, knowledgeable and caring people. The simplest act, such as snapping a photo of a couple can have a huge impact on their trip," she added.
The blue and green 'Ask Me!' buttons will be worn by locals while they go about their day to day lives showing visitors they are willing to give a helping hand.
The buttons are available in five languages and with widespread participation Whistler will demonstrate its pride and community values by the way the locals interact and support their guests every single day.
More information here.