Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Sarawak facing shortage of tourist guides to meet increasing tourist influx

SARAWAK is facing a severe shortage of trained and licensed tour guides, said a veteran tour guide Rose Au.

With the state forecasting 3.6 million tourist arrivals this year, the 79 active trained and licensed guides registered with the Sarawak Tourism Board will not be able to meet the demand.

“To cater to the rising needs, unlicensed tour guides are still very much sought after,” said Au, who is a lecturer at the UCSI University.

She said tour guiding offered good income and she advised young Sarawakians to take up the job.

She also added that untrained guides were not competent as they did not have the professional knowledge to handle tourists.

“The standard of local guides were far behind those in Thailand, Europe and United Kingdom.

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