Regularization of Provisional Guides

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Belize City, Belize – July 22, 2015 – The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) held a small ceremony to present certificates to the Provisional Guides who have completed their final training, making them eligible to apply for Belize City Community Site Guide license. Present for the certificate handing over was Mr. Rodolfo Burgos, BTB trainer for tour guides.Regulization of Provisional Guides-1
The BTB, being the organization responsible for the development of the tourism industry, has worked in partnership with stakeholders to ensure their full inclusion in the development of the tourism sector. Since the inception of the Fort George Tourism Zone some 5 years ago, there have been many stakeholders operating in the area without proper licensing. In order to offer an enhanced product to visitors, and raise the quality and standards of the experience fortifying the Belize brand, a training program was developed over the past two years, which would bring the stakeholders to a specific level in order to deliver the Belize City tour product. This was accomplished by offering two training sessions called (1) the Heritage Tour Training and (2) the General Principles of Tour Guiding.
The first training, which was offered in 2014, provided the City Guides with the history of Belize City, information on key aspects of the city and techniques for delivery of this information. After this session, 67 guides were made eligible for provisional licenses.Regulization of Provisional Guides-2
The second training, General Principles of Tour Guiding, offered in 2015, provided the City Guide with the basics and fundamentals of being a tour guide, along with presentation and delivery techniques. Both sessions were assessed on a written and a practical component, and the final scores were based on a calculation of both.
It is with a great sense of pride that the BTB announces the regularization of 64 Provisional Guide License Holders, who are stakeholders of the Fort George Tourism Zone.
As of the completion of these courses, these guides are now eligible to apply for their Belize City Community Site Guide license. Many have either applied, or are in the process of doing so. This then allows them to fully participate as a licensed guide for Belize City, only. This is important to note since, as of July 31st, 2015, only licensed guides will be permitted in the Fort George Tourism Zone.
The Belize Tourism Board congratulates those who have successfully completed, and those currently pursuing their certification.
For more information on this certification, kindly contact Mr. Valdemar Andrade, Director of Destination Planning and Cruise, at 227-2420.

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