Tourism office to hold tour guiding seminar

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012


ANGELES CITY -- The Department of Tourism (DOT)-Central Luzon, in cooperation with the Angeles City Tourism Office (Acto) and travel agencies in Pampanga, is set to hold a seminar on tourist reception and tour guiding techniques on July 31 to August 03, 2012 at Marlim Mansions Hotel, Diamond Subdivision, Balibago, Angeles City.

This was announced by DOT regional director Ronaldo Tiotuico, who said the skills training program is meant to create a readily available pool of resource persons in the Metro Clark area.

He added the skills training will serve as guides for the volumes of local and foreign visitors disembarking at the airport terminal in Clark and wanting to see places of interest here.

“It is also aimed at creating jobs for young people who would be interested to join the fastest growing industry in the country today as professional service providers,” Tiotuico said.

Clark International Airport is now host to some 50,000 local and foreign visitors monthly most of whom have little or no knowledge of tourist spots in the surrounding communities, according to Tiotuico.

The creation of a team of guides is expected to entice more tourists to visit Clark, he added.

Clark airport, being an international gateway, has been identified by the National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) of the tourism department as the key generator of visitors that will enable the country to achieve its target at 10 million visitors in 2016.

There is a need for an expert pool of tour guides who can provide service to tourists, Tiotuico said.

The training program will include courses in history of the place, duties and responsibilities of a tour guide, including speech and voice projection techniques. Participants will be required to undergo a practical tour guiding demo or mock tour before graduation.

Participants, who will be properly interviewed and screened prior to admission into the program, must have completed at least 2nd year collegiate course, must be of pleasing personality, acceptably articulate in the English language and willing to work on full-time basis as tour guide or on demand.

A registration fee of P2,000 per participant is required to cover cost of meals and snacks, transport service for mock tour, including materials for continuing education on tour guiding.

For further details, please contact Angeles City Tourism Office, Angeles City Hall Bldg., Pulung Maragul, Angeles City, Tel. No. (045) 625-2286 or DOT Region III, c/o G/F Marlim Mansions Hotel Bldg., Diamond Subd., Balibago, Angeles City, Tel. No. (045) 625-8525.

Deadline for registration is on July 16, 2012.

Visit their websites at www.angelescity.gov.ph and www.visitmyphilippines.com.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on July 10, 2012.

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