Tourist Guides Association to ease shortages of tour guides

EMG reporter

Myanmar Tourist Guides Association will render necessary assistance basing off on five points, if there are any tour guides shortages in the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism's ultimate effort to increase the number of inbound Asian tourists such as China, Japan and Korea, according to a MTGA statement.

The statement suggested the recruit of graduates in foreign language majors from Yangon and Mandalay Universities of Foreign Languages to take exams for tour guide licences and join the tourism industry, and providing short-term language courses for those who have obtained tour guide license.

Under the arrangement of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, basic Italian language courses were initiated in 1996 for licensed tour guides. And so far there have been more languages such as basic Spanish and Chinese language courses. Therefore, MTGA will be trying to hire experienced Chinese, Japanese and Korean language instructors to provide training courses, said the statement.

The statement also stressed the need to provide basic English proficiency courses for every tour guide instead of focusing on a certain single language.

In the tours which do not include Chinese, Japanese or Korean tour guides, licensed English-speaking tour guides will be provided and concerned language will be explained by tour leader.