Lo­cal tou­rism en­tre­pre­neurs cre­a­ted through trai­ning cour­se

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A group of six Ge­or­gi­ans are being gi­ven the op­por­tu­ni­ty to be­co­me tou­rism en­tre­pre­neurs. A new accre­di­ted Si­te

Gui­de Trai­ning Cour­se was re­cent­ly rol­led out un­der the ban­ner of the Ge­or­ge Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty. Ac­cor­ding to Me­la­nie Mar­tins, coor­di­na­tor of the pro­ject, the gra­du­a­tes will work clo­se­ly with the lo­cal tou­rism of­fi­ces and ac­com­mo­da­ti­on pro­vi­ders to gui­de tou­ris­ts and in­tro­du­ce them to all com­mu­ni­ty acti­vi­ties and si­tes in the Ge­or­ge a­rea. A si­te gui­de can be de­fi­ned as a per­son who is trai­ned by an accre­di­ted in­sti­tu­te on a spe­ci­fic si­te to gui­de vi­si­tors in a lan­gua­ge t­hey can un­der­stand and who t­hen in­ter­prets the cul­tu­ral and na­tu­ral her­i­ta­ge of that si­te t­hey vi­sit.

The success of this trai­ning will al­low com­mu­ni­ty tou­rism to be mar­ke­ted mo­re ag­gres­si­ve­ly to lo­cal and in­ter­na­ti­o­nal mar­kets.

Mart van der Walt, the trai­ning fa­ci­li­ta­tor of Drum Be­at A­ca­de­my, says the com­pa­ny is a spe­ci­a­list in the hos­pi­ta­li­ty and tou­rism trai­ning in­du­stry with of­fi­ces all o­ver the coun­try. T­hey are now in the Gar­den Rou­te to of­fer wor­ld-class trai­ning.

Van der Walt, who has been a lec­tu­rer for mo­re than 12 y­e­ars and is a na­ti­o­nal and in­ter­na­ti­o­nal tour gui­de, brings a lot of ex­pe­rien­ce to her trai­ning.

"Our trai­ning is very hands-on, fun and practi­cal," she said.

The a­ca­de­my of­fers a va­ri­e­ty of cour­ses and has been o­pe­ra­ting for mo­re than 17 y­e­ars. It is re­gis­te­red and accre­di­ted with Cat­hs­se­ta (Cul­tu­re, Arts, Tou­rism, Hos­pi­ta­li­ty and Sport Sec­tor, E­du­ca­ti­on and Trai­ning Aut­ho­ri­ty).

The pre­sen­ce of a si­te gui­de gi­ves tou­ris­ts the as­su­ran­ce that t­hey can en­joy their vi­sit in a fo­reign coun­try or town and t­hey will ex­pe­rien­ce so much mo­re than tra­vel­ling on their own. Mar­tins says all mar­ke­ting and com­mu­ni­ty tou­rism pro­jects are di­rected to in­cre­a­se vi­si­tor num­bers to Ge­or­ge. The tou­rism secti­on i­ni­ti­a­ted a com­mu­ni­ty tou­rism pro­ject na­med "Di­ne with a Lo­cal" in Pa­calts­dorp and T­hem­ba­let­hu. It aims to at­tract vi­si­tors to lo­cal a­re­as that we­re pre­vi­ous­ly not part of the main­stre­am tou­rism acti­vi­ties in Ge­or­ge.

Com­mu­ni­ty tou­rism acti­vi­ties and at­tracti­ons re­ly on well-in­for­med, accre­di­ted lo­cal si­te gui­des to ta­ke tou­ris­ts on com­mu­ni­ty tou­rism rou­tes.

Io­na K­rit­zin­ger, port­fo­lio coun­cil­lor for Plan­ning, ca­me to meet the group that star­ted on the Cul­tu­re Si­te Gui­de trai­ning. Back, from left are: Se­bas­ti­an Pie­ter­se, M­z­wan­di­le Ging­ca­na and Wer­di Alaart (trai­nees), K­rit­zin­ger, Neil Ca­rel­se (trai­nee), Me­la­nie Mar­tins (tou­rism coor­di­na­tor) and Mart van der Walt (trai­ning fa­ci­li­ta­tor of Drum Be­at A­ca­de­my). Front: Des­mond Jan­dyck and Me­lis­sa T­reur­nicht (trai­nees).

Da­wid van der Vy­ver met sy vlieg­li­sen­sie wat hy on­langs ver­werf het. Fo­to: Eu­ge­ne Gun­ning

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