CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – JANUARY 25, 2022 – The Corpus Christi hospitality industry will be getting an upgrade this spring. Visit Corpus Christi has created the Tourism Academy, a multi-level training program for hospitality and tourism industry employees that will guide participants through very specific stages of their careers.  

Each level within the Academy will provide the local workforce with the tools needed to cultivate a thriving and prosperous industry. Not only does this program provide participants the opportunity to understand the power of tourism and grow their knowledge of Corpus Christi’s area attractions, restaurants, hotels, but it also supports career advancement and development of industry knowledge for emerging leaders in our local industry, to prepare them for establishing a presence on a state and nationwide level.  

Registration is now open for the first-level course, Customer Service for Tourism. Through this training participants will learn promote a better visitor experience and earn their CCME certification. The CCME certification represents those locals who embody Corpus Christi community pride, understand the power of travel to our local economy, and take ownership of making ordinary moments extraordinary. After candidates have completed this introductory course, they will then be eligible for the second and third levels - Ambassador Level for Tourism and Tourism Leadership Program which will be launched in Fall/Winter 2022. 

Hospitality and tourism partners can also earn the CCME Partner Certification by committing to training at minimum 1/3 of all employees. Elevated promotion via Visit Corpus Christi’s marketing efforts will also be a benefit to those who receive the certificate. 

Visit Corpus Christi is passionate about developing a more skilled workforce with top notch engagement and retention of industry experts, from right here in Corpus Christi. “Massive workforce losses are impacting every business across the travel and tourism sector and with increased visitation, quality customer service is more important to the overall visitor experience than ever before. Visit Corpus Christi is committed to providing workforce development opportunities that will serve to create highly personalized and extraordinary memories for all of our visitors in the Gulf Coast Capital.” said Meredith, Vice President of Experience at Visit Corpus Christi.  

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Visit Corpus Christi is a 501c6 Destination Management Organization contracted by the city of Corpus Christi with a mission to create a better community by sharing Corpus Christi with the world. The organization is primarily funded through Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) paid by visitors while staying overnight in hotels and short-term rentals. Visit Corpus Christi also has a non-profit foundation that supports the hospitality and tourism industry via education programs, raising and providing funding to individuals and businesses during times of need through the Visit CC Cares program.

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