The Executive Director Uganda Tourism Board, (UTB) Steven Asiimwe has urged tour guides to front integrity and discipline at work in the effort to grown Uganda’s tourim sector much faster.
He added that Tourism is critical and the only sector that is growing constantly, which he said, will need tour guides to be well equipped by focusing especially on improving their behavior, hygiene, welfare and most importantly to stay well informed.
“Our aim is to ensure that whoever handles tourists is well equipped and professional enough, so that they don’t lose sense of the primary purposes which is to make sure that tourists get the best stay,” said the ED.
Asiimwe made the remarks at the crowing ceremony of a one-week training of Tour Guides organized by the Uganda Safari Guides Association at the Uganda Museum.
“Tour guides should be of good standard; no more gambling in tourism. That’s why we will continue supporting such trainings that equip our people with the best skills,” he added.
70 people were trained, of which 65 were Ugandans while five were from neighboring Rwanda. 15 of the trainees were from the Tourism Police.
They were trained in Visitors handling, wildlife identification, discipline, integrity, transparency, and accountability, customer care, activities of a guide, cultural diversity, and attitude.
The Uganda Safari Guides Association was formed 20 years ago and so far has 600 members.