Tuesday, October 12, 2010

NITI Tour Guides

Being a tour guide is fun! Learning to be a tour guide is a challenge!

Which comes first? Guests or tour guides?

How do we handle guests coming to our city? To our province?

It was very timely that the Negros Island Tourism Inc. (NITI) has taken the challenge of designing and implementing a tour guiding course designed specifically for Negros as the destination. The profile in the first batch which ran from July to Sept. 2009 included the academe, travel & tour operators, hotel and tourism practitioners, career shifters, retired professionals and tourism advocates.
The course ran for 10 Saturdays with modules recommended and approved by the Department of Tourism. The topics were handled in novel and creative approaches by some of the leading scholars, artists and experts in our province.
On its first day, 36 participants registered. Photo shows participants at the steps of the Provincial Capitol Building ready to depart on its first tour of the city.

On the first day of the 2nd batch of the course offering, which started April 17 to June 19, 2010, 13 participants registered.

The attendance usually dwindles down, just like in the first batch.  Kudos to NITI President, Ruth Minerva G. Cruz, for taking the initiative at being at the helm of this endeavor which can change the way the participants would see Negros with new eyes.
Practical exam was conducted by DOT's Bureau of Standards Chief consisting of written and practical exams composed of on board and on foot tours.

The NITI Tour Guiding Graduates - 2009

These are some of the first batch of participants who are qualified for DOT accreditation.

The NITI Tour Guiding Graduates - 2010

DOT Accredited tour guides, Bambi Borromeo, Maricar Dabao & Artie Lacson.
with DOT Regional Director Edwin Trompeta

The DOT trained tour guides who are qualified for accreditation have formed themselves into an organization called Alliance of Tour Guides of Occidental Negros (ATON).

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