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Tourism Administration trains more tour guides

(KPL) Sixty-six tour guides from all provinces in the country have been certified to be able to pursue their profession, after they have been present at a 45-day-training on tour guiding.

The trained tour guides are the 20 th batch the National Tourism Administration (LNTA) has trained so far.

A graduation ceremony for the trained guides was held yesterday at the Lao National Tourism Administration’s headquarters in Vientiane.

“The aim of the training is to respond to the requirement of tourism sector, which is currently enjoying a fast growth and strengthen the capacity of local tour guides to ensure they have proper knowledge about the tourism in Laos and are able to service visitors with proper manners and hospitality,” said Director of Tourism and Hospitality Training Centre, Mr. Vansay Malavong.

This training, which was held between August 9 and September 22, focuses mainly on field practice of the trainees. Its mains subjects includes hospitality, general knowledge of tourism in Laos, ecotourism, first aid, Lao culture, Lao history, anthropology and histories of well-known tourist sites in Laos.

“Being a tour guide is a difficult job but it is white collar job as tour guide is a representative of the Lao people to introduce and present the Lao culture and tourist sites to foreigners,” said the LNTA Vice President, Mr. Soukkaseum Phothisan.

“At present, our country is receiving more and more visitors from every part of the world. So it is necessary for the Lao National Tourism Administration to develop tourism sector to contribute to the social-economic development of the country,” said Mr. Soukkaseum.

“Tour guides should serve the visitor with their honesty, warm hospitality and pay attention to facilitating the visit of foreign tourists and encourage them to value Lao culture and observe laws and regulations of the country,” said Mr. Soukkaseum.

The LNTA will announce year 2012 as Visit Lao Year in an effort to materialize its tourism strategy for now to 2020.

Source: KPL Lao News Agency
September 22, 2010