Like a local ‘meet and greet’ and concierge service, the Bryon Greeters Program is a free public service being piloted to help visitors feel welcome and experience the Byron region through the eyes of a local.
The program is part of the international Global Greeter Program which now includes 600 destinations, including Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne. The Byron Greeters will be Australia’s first regional greeter program.
Most importantly the program is about creating an environment of respect for people and place, encouraging visitors with “don’t spoil us, we’ll spoil you”.
A joint partnership with Byron Shire Council, Destination Byron and the Byron Visitor Centre, the Byron Greeters will be based at high volume times, including the New Year period, including Park’n’Ride.
Byron Greeters is part of the Global Greeters Program. The program is based on a group of volunteers who love their town and region and want to share their knowledge with visitors. Armed with local knowledge Greeters help visitors unearth hidden treasures and bring to life the heritage and culture of a destination….the ‘untourist’ experiences.
Founded in 1992, the first greeters program of its kind was developed in New York City. Founder, Lynn Brooks wanted the world to know New York City as she did: a great big small town with diverse neighbourhoods, mom-and-pop stores, fun places to dine, and friendly residents who go out of their way to help an out-of-towner feel welcome.
The concept has grown worldwide to more than 600 destinations of large and small towns. In Australia there are established Greeter Programs in Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne.
For more information go to http://www.globalgreeternetwork.info/