More opportunities for guides in the tourism sector

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Waqiuddin Rajak

JOBSEEKERS interested in pursuing a career in tourism are encouraged to take the Tourist Guide Basic Course to improve their chances of getting hired.

The course, a collaborative effort by the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT) and Laksamana College of Business, was introduced in 2016 as a pre-requisite to obtaining a Tourist Guide License.

Since then a total of 127 tourist guides have been licensed with 59 out of 127 being freelance while the rest are attached to Brunei’s 54 licensed travel agencies.

Pictures by: Zaim Kasmat

MPRT’s Deputy Permanent Secretary Wardi Hj Mohd Ali is also open to the idea of tourist guides working freelance, noting that it can definitely benefit tourism in some way.

The tourism market is seasonal,“So when it is at the peak, these travel agencies would definitely need freelancers to supplement their number of workforce for a certain period of time because they might not have enough resources for the season,” he said.

“Likewise, if the government has something related to their service, they will definitely be the first on the list to be contacted as frontliners,” said Wardi, adding that the government is also coming up with programmes to further improve Brunei’s tourism industry.

“The more locals we have, the more accurate the information we can give to these visitors, ensuring that we put the right image of Brunei to the international community,” the Deputy Permanent Secretary said.