Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Challenge to produce more Korean speaking guides in Sabah

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun has posed a challenge to tourism players to produce more Korean speaking guides within a year.

Speaking after a two-and-a-half-hour meeting with tourism stakeholders, including Sabah Tour Guides Association (STGA), yesterday, Masidi added that the call to engage Korean guides to guide their nationals while holidaying in Sabah will not be implemented as yet.

Describing the meeting as “harmonious and fruitful”, Masidi said the parties involved had agreed to accept the challenge.

The meeting was organised following objections from local tour guides in Sabah to the Tourism Ministry’s decision to allow Korean tour guides to be given licences and the right to operate in the State.

A group of 30 Sabah Tour Guide Association (STGA) members, who were outraged by the move, said yesterday they would not compromise on the issue and were prepared to do whatever it takes them to protect their livelihood.