Individuals interested in earning a nationally recognized designation can take a class being offered in Manassas on March 12. The class will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Manassas Museum, located at 9101 Prince William Street in downtown Manassas, VA. Pre-registration is required.
The Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) designation is for anyone that interacts with visitors on a daily basis, including attractions, hotels, restaurants, shops, and more. The CTA program is offered by the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership (JTHG Partnership), a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the unparalleled natural, cultural and historic resources within a four-state, 15 county region. The organization oversees the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area,Â a 180-mile long, 75-mile wide area stretching from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to Thomas Jeffersonâs Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Since tourism is one of the largest industries within the JTHG National Heritage Area, the Partnership developed the Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) Program to train those who interact with visitors to our National Parks, Civil War battlefields, charming Main Street communities, and historic sites. Graduates of the program are well versed in the professional standards of customer service as well as the many unique features of the JTHG National Heritage Area. These experienced and engaging Certified Tourism Ambassadors provide quality service and top-flight hospitality to visitors, leading them to stay longer, visit more sites, tell their friends about their terrific experience, and return to the region.Â
To date, the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership has trained more than 1,100 CTAs in the region. Nationwide, there are approximately 10,000 individuals that have earned the designation. Individuals can register for the class at www.ctanetwork.com/app. For more information, visit the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnershipâs website at www.HallowedGround.org or call 540-882-4929.
Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership
15481 Second Street
Post Office Box 77
Waterford, Virginia 20197
The Journey Through Hallowed Ground is a National Heritage Area with a National Scenic Byway running through it. From Gettysburg to Monticello, itâs known as the region Where America HappenedÂ®. It contains more history than any other region in the nation and includes: World Heritage sites, over 10,000 sites on the National Register of Historic Places, 49 National Historic districts, nine Presidential homes, 13 National Park units, hundreds of African American and Native American heritage sites, 30 Historic Main Street communities, sites from the Revolutionary War, French-Indian War, War of 1812 and the largest single collection of Civil War sites in the nation.