Tourism Cares Names Volunteer Destinations for 2017

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Tourism Cares has named the host destinations for the 2017 Tourism Cares for Our Cities volunteer series: Detroit, Michigan; Oakland, California; Providence, Rhode Island; and Toronto, Ontario.

Mike Rea, CEO of Tourism Cares, said the organization chose to focus on city tourism in 2017 in keeping with the UN World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) recognition of city tourism as a critical force in sustainable development.

The volunteer dates are as follows:


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Oakland, California, March 23-24, 2017 *Registration opens October 24
Detroit, Michigan, May 10-12, 2017 (National Travel & Tourism Week, & Travel’s Big Give)
Providence, Rhode Island, September 14-15, 2017
Toronto, Ontario, October (exact dates TBA) 2017

At each location, volunteers will work with local partners to fulfill the most pressing needs of the city. In some cases it will be helping to transform the urban landscape by reviving public spaces or enhancing the accessibility of recreational facilities and amenities.

Tourism Cares will also host Travel’s Big Give in Detroit, as part of National Travel & Tourism Week. The inaugural Travel’s Big Give will include educational programs on the importance of city tourism, as well as corporate social responsibility programs, and networking opportunities.

The project in Toronto will be Tourism Cares’ first event in Canada.



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