Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Licensed Tourist guides for Games2010

Ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh will soon get tourist guides who will not only have certificates declaring their knowledge of local tourist places and monuments, but also licence from the Centre that will enable them to enter protected monuments.

The first batch of the state’s first ever Tourist Guide Training Certificate Programme, initiated by the Uttar Pradesh Department of Tourism, has completed the course. Soon, these 899 youths will get their licences from the Centre.

The Tourism department has already spoken to the Uttar Pradesh Hotel and Restaurant Association (UPHRA) for promoting these certified guides. The department has also written to the Union Human Resource Development Ministry for giving licences to the certified guides which, the officials say, would be given by March.

Till then, the youths will be given on-job training at various hotels in the tourist destinations.

The course began in November 2009 in Lucknow. The candidates — some of whom were already working as tourist guides in places like Agra, Varanasi, Mathura, Kushinagar — were chosen from all across the state.

While hotels will be promoting these guides who will charge a fixed sum of money, it will be up to the tourists to opt for them. These guides have been trained by experts in subjects like history, apart from foreign languages.

Principal Secretary (Tourism) Avanish Awasthi said: “By the time the Commonwealth Games begin, our guides will start working at the tourist destinations.”


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