NW train­ing cre­ates a gate­way for tour guides

Vuk'uzenzele - - General - More Mat­shediso

YOUTH ARE GIVEN an op­por­tu­nity to learn more about the tourism sec­tor and share this knowl­edge with vis­i­tors.

The North West De­part­ment of Tourism is pro­vid­ing young peo­ple with tour guide train­ing al­low­ing them to par­tic­i­pate in the travel sec­tor.

Bofelo Ng­wenya of Mahikeng is one of the 100 young peo­ple who ben­e­fit­ted from the tour guide train­ing pro­gramme. The 29-year-old started her own travel and tourism busi­ness af­ter strug­gling to find a job. She said the tour guide train­ing has as­sisted her to im­prove her busi­ness ex­per­tise.

“I mostly ben­e­fit­ted in ac­quir­ing courage to in­ter­act with my cus­tomers who are tourists in our prov­ince. I am now able to teach them a lit­tle bit about the his­tory of our prov­ince and rec­om­mend places they can visit through­out their stay,” said Ng­wenya.

She added that the pro­gramme also helped her im­prove her mar­ket­ing skills which has helped her busi­ness to grow be­cause she can now take her clients to dif­fer­ent places without get­ting lost.

The pro­vin­cial Regis­trar from the de­part­ment Gabriel Dich­abe said this year the pro­gramme aims to im­prove the train­ing by in­creas­ing the num­ber of re­cruits as well as en­hanc­ing the scale of mod­ules.

“Our tar­get is to train 200 youth in cul­ture guid­ing and 40 more in ad­ven­ture guid­ing across all dis­tricts.” he said.

The pro­gramme of­fers skills to new en­trants rang­ing from cul­tural com­mu­ni­ca­tion and pre­sen­ta­tion, first aid, en­trepreneur­ship and mar­ket­ing as well as knowl­edge on heritage and the his­tory of dif­fer­ent tourist at­trac­tions in the prov­ince.

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