The training course of the professional skill development for the tour guides at World Heritage Sites
Update: 24/08/2015 09:02:31
From July 13 to 17, 2015, Thua Thien Hue Provincial Department of Culture-Sports-Tourism together with Quang Nam Provincial Department of Culture-Sports-Tourism, UNESCO Office Ha Noi and The International Labour Organization - ILO organized "the training course of the professional skill development for the tour guides at World Heritage Sites".
The opening ceremony on the training class of the professional skill development for the tour guides at World Heritage Sites

The course included 25 candidates who were lecturers and tourist administrators coming from Hue Monuments Conservation Centre, My Son Monuments and Tourism Management Board, Cham Islet Management Zone, Hoi An Cultural Heritage Preservation Management Centre, and other concerning organizations of Thua Thien Hue and Quang Nam.

During 5 days (from July 13 to 17, 2015), the candidates were supplied with knowlege on the guide of cultural heritages, World heritage of UNESCO, heritage preservation, tourist impacts on heritages, and that on the guide of cultural heritage and the local community, so on. The candidates were also able to practice the on-site interpretation, discuss the solutions for the shortcomings in the present interpretation of tour guide in Vietnam.

After this course, the candidates will join the next one predictedly held in Quang Nam Province in August 2015 to practice the learned skills for the direct teaching for the guides at other heritage sites.

At present, almost heritage sites acknowledged by UNESCO has not yet had any tourist administrative tools of international standard. Hence, UNESCO has supported the regions of heritage sites in building the sustainable cultural-tourist strategies basing on the general approach namely the sustainable tourist development and heritage as well as cultural value preservation. The interpretation and tour guide training is important in the enhancement and popularization of cultural heritage values at the World Heritage Sites. The training program is contributive in improving the quality of tour guides around Thua Thien Hue and Quang Nam, building the professional tour guides in Central Vietnam.

This activity is to build the educational system and to grant the obligated certificates for tour guides of heritage in Central provinces, and to gradually set up this system in future Vietnam.

Hue Monumenrs Conservation Centre did assign 03 tour guides to join this class. Dr Phan Thanh Hai, the director of the Centre also directly deal with teaching this class and the on-site practice.

Translated by Y Nhi
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