With Bloomsday and Hoopfest coming up, Spokane is about to see an influx of tourists. They're in luck if they get lost or have a question because the city has 1,200 everyday citizens trained to be experts on everything Spokane.
Spokane is the only city in Washington State to train its citizens to be Certified Tourism Ambassadors (CTA). The National Program teaches students everything from a city's history to how to interact with a newcomer.
At first glance, you might not notice, but Rebecca Bishop is a CTA. Her gold star pin gives it away.
"No secret hand shake but we do kind of give a nod because it's, you know, something to be proud of," Bishop said about passing fellow CTA's.
As an employee of the Museum of Modern Arts and Culture, Bishop though it fit she become a CTA and took the day-long class and stringent test to do it. Her hard work has paid off as she has been nominated for CTA of the year.
"It signifies that I'm involved, that I'm aware, that I care about this community," Bishop said.