The Drumheller Valley had some special visitors yesterday from the land down under. A group of dinosaur enthusiasts, experts and gurus were touring Drumheller and studying how the town has combined Palaeontology and Tourism.
Longtime locals may take it for granted, but the valley boasts a very unique tourism experience that can't be found just anywhere.
Naomi Miles is from the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum in Winton, Australia. There are similarities between the Australian Museum and the Royal Tyrell Museum of Paleontology.
"We are here with the delegation 'Outback on Tour' so we have got two mayors, several tour operators and museums that have come out to see what you guys do so well. In Dinosaurs and Paleo-Tourism, Canada is leading the way and we want to follow suit. So we have brought everybody out to get inspired and find the best way forward."
The trip was supported by Australian Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk who declared 2019 as The Year of Outback Tourism. She believes that Paleo- Tourism has the potential to generate millions for Outback Australia. The tour group will also travel through The United States of America to visit many of their Paleo attractions as well.
"I have to say Drumheller has amazing dinosaurs. We have 23 scientifically described dinosaurs that are over Australia. You guys have big, awesome, scary dinosaurs that we aren't even comparing with yet," explained Miles. "We have just only scratched the surface. Your dinosaurs and your fossil record, and particularly at The Royal Tyrell (Museum), their integrity of their collection is just phenomenal. Myself, personally, I am incredibly impressed."
Miles explained she learned a great deal from her visit to the Drumheller Valley and is excited to bring back different ideas she would like to implement to Australia's Paleo-Tourism attractions.
"I think that bringing together that communication between your council, your museums and your organizations that cohesiveness is one of the massive things that we want to do. At the moment we are working in silos, and not communicating as well. But you guys have demonstrated, here at The Royal Tyrell that it is possible that you can build something and get together really well, and make it awesome. That is what I intend to do," she concluded.