Siquijor tourism office holds tour guiding seminar
by Rizalie Anding Calibo
Siquijor (16 June) -- At least 44 aspiring tour guides, four of which come from Dumaguete, were given a boost recently with the community-based tour guides' seminar conducted by the Department of Tourism (DOT) through the provincial tourism office here.
Senior Tourism Officer Jossette Armirola said the training aims to equip aspiring tour guides with the necessary skills on the treatment of guests and vacationers while giving a boost to the province's tourism industry.
She said that the five-day seminar is the first in the province although there are some locals that have offered tour guiding services without proper orientation on tour-guiding. "We hope to equip them with basic skills so that in the future they can be qualified for professional tour guiding," Armirola said.
Recognizing them as partners in the development of the island, Provincial Governor Orlando "Shane" Fua stressed in his message the strategic role of tour guides as frontliners in the industry as he encourage them to be active promoters of Siquijor.
"Ako mong hangyuon, nga kinahanglan itanom ninyo sa inyong mga hunahuna, nga ug makahibalag mo'g mga turista diri sa probinsiya, kamo ang akong mga ambassadors," the Governor said.
He said Siquijor should be known not only for its beautiful sceneries, white, fine beaches or as an island surrounded with mysticism but also for its beautiful and loving people which are well reflected in the tour guides.
"Kamo ang akong mga sinaligan, ug kamo ang akong mga timbang sa pagpalambo sa tourist promotions sa atong probinsiya," he said.
Participants who have completed the five day training can become LGU-accredited tour guides in the province, Armirola also said.
Four days of the training were lectures given by DOT-accredited speakers from Manila and Cebu while the last day was spent on Mock tour or Familiarization Tour. (PIA) [top]