Walvis Bay — Vacationer guides working in Namibia convened on the coast to debate challenges and modifications that may result in the formalisation of the subsector within the tourism business.
The workshop is predicted to provide you with a regulatory framework after a sequence of consultations in addition to take a look at points equivalent to coaching and abilities switch.
The director of tourism and gaming Sebulon Chicalu, throughout an interview on the workshop, mentioned the significance of tour guides makes it important for them to function in a formalised method.
In line with him, a formalised business will be capable of promote and keep a excessive degree of professionalism, high quality, and security whereas on the identical time offering a transparent and constant degree of service for vacationers, thereby boosting confidence within the business and finally driving development and improvement.
He mentioned there are over 500 tour guides registered, in accordance with the not too long ago launched Nationwide Vacationer Information Registration Database for the native tourism business.
Therefore, he mentioned, the subsector needed to have interaction one another together with establishments spearheading coaching and capabilities of tour guides.
He mentioned the general goal is to develop a nationwide framework for the registration and accreditation of tour guides that might allow gamers to grasp the gaps each in coaching and accreditation framework.
“It’s with this kind of engagement that we will establish the wants and guiding instruments. Thereafter, a draft nationwide vacationer information doc might be drafted in addition to a code of conduct,” he defined.
He added that the draft doc will then be submitted and all procedures adopted in order that it’s regulated and enforced.
In line with statistics supplied by the tourism ministry’s statistician Nicodemus Amon, Namibian younger folks between 18 and 24 years of age are virtually non-existent within the subsector.
They solely symbolize 0.6% of registered tour guides within the nation. A minimum of 57% of tour guides are between the ages of 25 and 54, whereas 55 years and above symbolize 25.7% of the sector.
A complete of 88 registered tour guides are male with solely 12% of girls registered within the sector.