Tour guide course duration under review

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Waqiuddin Rajak

LAKSAMANA College of Business is looking to cut short the time spent training tour guides to avoid delaying company operations.

The college’s Head of hospitality and business department Simon Keenan explained that at the moment, it takes a month for a guide to complete basic training.

“And we understand that this is not right to have them leaving their posts for so long,” he said.

The course currently involved the guides to be re-taught the essentials of national philosophy Melayu Islam Beraja (MIB), history of Brunei and other things that can be learnt just by reading books, said Keenan.

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“So we wanted to give more focus to the practical lessons, such as the guiding techniques rather than learning something you can read in textbooks. Why come to the classroom if you already know what you are doing right?” he added.

At this stage however, Keenan cannot confirm how much time will be cut for the course, but he is looking at two weeks.

The cutting, he said, is also aimed at making the course more finacially accessible to the public.

“At this moment, I can’t promise a figure yet, but I would imagine it will be half the price of the current one ($1,000), we will have to wait for the final count once it is ready,” said Keenan.

Additionally, the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT) is also working with the Ministry of Education to come up with similar courses at an affordable prices; to allow more channels for people to become licensed tourist guides.

Laksamana College of Business is a partner chosen by the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT) in 2016 to host basic tourist guide course.

Besides from having sufficient facilities to conduct the programme, the college also have experts who are trained under the World Federation of the Tourist Guide Association (WFTGA).