The Amelia Island Ambassador Program (Island Ambassador) is an educational program created by the Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau (AICVB) to enhance the community’s knowledge of local history, the visitor economy, and hospitality opportunities. By stewarding our neighbor’s understanding of the hospitality industry, we strengthen our communities’ relationship with visitors and locals alike. Tourism is not only the economic engine for Nassau County, accounting for more than $900 million in economic impact, but it is also the number one private employment sector – contributing almost 36% of the total jobs. Tourism is more than just visitors, it is small businesses, year-round restaurants, community events, and festivals, support for non-profits, and a vital resource for all Nassau County residents.
The program structure will include a hybrid approach of online lessons and 3 meetings (about 2-3 hours each). In addition to the coursework, the Island Ambassadors will be required to attend one (1) Tourism Development Council (TDC) meeting and attend program enrichment activities (to be announced).
The Island Ambassador Program is open to any adult resident in Nassau County or students enrolled in the Hospitality Program at Fernandina Beach High School to apply. The program will feature a cross-section of hospitality professionals, small business owners, community stakeholders, and cultural advocates. Each program session is limited to sixteen students. Additionally, organizations and businesses requesting the Island Ambassador program for their employees will be considered and arranged to take place outside the typical program.
The Island Ambassador Program will provide the Amelia Island community with representatives who:
a. Interact with visitors and residents frequently.
b. Attend local cultural and community events.
c. Assist with island public relations.
d. Be enthusiastic about Amelia Island’s tourism industry and its future.
a. Able to attend the required classes?
b. Actively involved in community projects?
c. Willing to remain engaged post-graduation?
d. Able to show a sincere desire to be an ambassador?
Consideration will be given to those in the hospitality industry, small business owners, community stakeholders, and a cross-section of Nassau County residents.
Questions may be directed to Maurie Dugger at 904-277-4369 or firstname.lastname@example.org.