91 skilled tour guides certified
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism yesterday presented certificates to 91 seasoned tour guides from various travel agencies for successfully completing the Bridging Tourist Guide Course.
In his opening remarks, Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Hj Ali Hj Apong said the course was a collaboration between the ministry and Laksamana College of Business (LCB) to ensure better quality and satisfactory tour guiding skills among the sultanate’s tourist guides.
“From this training, these tourist guides will be able to improve their tour guiding skills and give correct and reliable information on the places of interest (in Brunei Darussalam),” he said.
The minister added that the course is an initiative to complement the ministry’s future endeavours in improving the country’s tourism products namely the launching of the Bandar Seri Begawan and Kampong Ayer tour packages scheduled for January next year.
“In 2017, the ministry also plans to develop new tour packages in Tutong and Belait district namely Sungai Basong and Pekan Tutong as well as Luagan Lalak and Bukit Teraja,” said YB Dato Hj Ali.
He added that upon the completion of the course, the tour guides are eligible to apply for the Tourist Guide Licence which is compulsory under a new legislation, the Tourism Order 2016 which was also announced during the event.
Speaking with The Brunei Times, head of Business and Hospitality at LCB, Simon Keenan, said that the 91 tour guides receiving certificates yesterday were from the first four batches of the course.
“The whole idea was that these existing tour guides really know what they’re doing, and we just wanted to make sure that they’re doing it at the right level. So we had four one-week courses for a month,” he added.
Keenan said that he looked forward to more people registering for the course, as he expects students from the Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) School of Hospitality and Tourism to enrol in the course once they have completed their studies.
Newly certified tourist guide, Seri Bujang who has been a full-time tour guide for 16 years, said that this certificate acts as a motivation for them to work harder.
“We are like small ambassadors of Brunei, so this certificate makes me want to work harder to get more tourists to Brunei (because) it’s like a licence for us to gain confidence so we could be one of the main tourist guides in Brunei Darussalam,” she said.
Sandra Bui, another tourist guide said the course allows them to reach a certain level of professionalism as it has allowed her to improve her quality and standards of tourist guiding and therefore distinguish herself from other tours in the country’s tourism industry.
The Brunei Times