The Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education is currently training 29 volunteers to become tour guides for Georgetown. This is to handle the increase in tourists arriving for Guyana’s Golden Jubilee celebrations in May.
According to GINA media release, these volunteers have been drawn from the Ministry of Education’s Department of Culture Youth and Sport’s volunteer programme. The three-day training is being done at the department on Main Street.
Paul Waldron, owner of ‘Outdoor Expeditions’ is spearheading the training. He explained that, “training is necessary so that the services guides provide, continue to be of an exceptional level… In doing that, it guarantees that the visitors would have an enhanced experience whilst in the country.”
Waldron noted that tour guides are a necessary component of the tourism industry. He explained that “most times they are the face of the country as they are the persons who meet with guests and interact with guests during their stay.”
Waldron indicated that, over the three days of training, basic tour guiding skills for the industry will be examined.
“This is a first step. It can be a very rewarding career. It allows you to meet numerous people and if you stick with it, it allows you to learn quite a lot,” Waldron stated. (GINA)