Published On: Thu, Jun 16th, 2016

Department Of Tourism trains & appoints licensed ‘Tourist Guides’

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Deploys – 472 “Tourist Mitra” to safeguard tourists across state


Bengaluru, 16th June, 2016: The Department of Tourism, Government of Karnataka, today issued Guide Licence & ID cards to new ‘Tourist Guides’. The new ‘Tourist Guides’, who have completed the Comprehensive Guide Training programme at various universities, will be available at various tourist destinations in the state to provide information to tourists. They play a very important role in promoting the destination and thereby, act as the ambassadors of the state and country.

The Department of Tourism tied up with five universities across the state to provide comprehensive guide training programme. 111 students completed the training programme successfully and were handed over the guide licence & ID card on the occasion. Given below are the universities that offered the Comprehensive Guide training programme -

  1. Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), Belgavi – National Academy for Skill Development Dandeli, Uttar Kannada District – Trained 35 Candidates (Male – 32, Female – 3) – Foreign Language: French & Russian
  2. Mysore University, Mysuru-B N Bahadur Institute of Management Sciences (BIMS) – Trained 23 Candidates (Male – 21, Female – 2) – Foreign Language: French
  3. Mangalore University, Dakshin Kannada - Trained 15 Candidates (Male – 15) – Foreign Language: French
  4.  Rani Channamma University, Belagavi – Trained 22 Candidates (Male – 20, Female – 2) – Foreign Language: German
  5. Bangalore University, Bengaluru – Trained 16 Candidates (Male – 14, Female- 2) – Foreign Language: German

Under this training programme the selected candidates are taught about tourist places, with good communication skill and friendly behaviour. Apart from history of the places, students are also trained in soft skills and any one foreign language like French, Russian and German for seamless communication with respective foreign tourists.

The designated Tourist Guides will be given uniforms bearing the new ‘Tourist Guide’ logo. The ‘Tourist Guides’ will help the tourist in understanding the rich culture and history of the places.

Upcoming Training programme for tourist guides

The Department of Tourism has recognised 12 educational institutes to offer guide training programme for 500 eligible candidates through selection procedure The Institutes offering Comprehensive Guide Training Programme are:

  1. Karnataka Arts College – Dharwad
  2. Sahyadri Science College –Shimoga
  3. KLE Societies, S. Nijalingappa College Campus-Bengaluru
  4. Mahajana Tourism Development Institute– Mysuru
  5. Sambhram College Of Hotel Management – KGF, Kolar
  6. Sharnbasveshwar College of Master of Tourism Administration – Kalburgi
  7. Presidency College of Hotel Management – Bengaluru
  8. Garden City College– Bengaluru
  9. Government R.C. College of Commerce and Management –Bengaluru
  10. Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa College– Madikeri
  11. Mangaluru University – Mangaluru
  12. Mount Carmel College- Bengaluru

Candidates willing to enrol for this guide training programme should be of Minimum 21 years and Maximum 45 years, in case of SC/ST, maximum age will be 48 years and educational qualification required is II PUC or equivalent.

Tourist Mitra

On the occasion, the second and third batches of ‘Tourist Mitra’, consisting of 298 home guards were also inducted. 84 female Tourist Mitra’s were part of this induction ceremony.  In the second batch a total of 174 Home Guards out of which 66 female home guards were trained and in the third batch 123 home guards out of which 18 female home guards were trained under this programme.

‘Tourist Mitra’ is a programme by the Department of Tourism and the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) along with the Home Department, Government of Karnataka. The first batch of 174 ‘Tourist Mitras’, covering 13 districts were deputed in November 2015 at selected tourist destinations; a total of 472 tourist friendly home guards are deputed to provide proper safety and security to the visiting tourists.

174 Tourist Mitra’s trained in the second phase are deployed in the following 12 districts: Belagavi, Kalburgi, Koppal, Dharwad, Chamrajnagar, Gadag, Chikkaballapura, Kolar, Tumkur, Davanagere, Ramanagar and Chickmagalur. The third batch of Tourist Mitra’s will be deployed in the remaining 5 districts.

The Tourist Mitras will be working in co-ordination with the local police stations. They have been given basic training to provide information on art, culture, cuisine, heritage, etiquette, first aid, disaster control etc.

Empowered Committee Karnataka Tourism Vision Group (EC KTVG) had recommended to train youth from rural background to build capacity for taking up self-employment and wage employment in the Tourism sector activities such as Hotels, Tours & Travel agents etc. In this regard an organisation called Head Held High under the name Magic Wand, identified by the EC KTVG enrolled 25 candidates for its 4 months training, out of which 13 were successful. These candidates are now confident in public speaking in English with knowledge of local arts, crafts, cuisines and etiquette. They are now called “Karnataka Tourism Ambassadors”, who were trained free of cost by the Department of Tourism. Certificates as Tourism Ambassadors was given to them for choosing gainful employment.

The ceremony was inaugurated by Sri R.V. Deshpande, Hon’ble Minister for Large & Medium Industries and Tourism, Government of Karnataka along with Sri P.C. Mohan, Member of Parliament, Bangalore Central and Sri. B.N. Manjunatha Reddy, Hon’ble Mayor, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike. The event witnessed the presence of Sri S.A. Hussain, Chairman, KSTDC, Sri Asagodu Jayasimha, Chairman, JLR, Sri S. Sampath Kumar, Corporator, Vasanthnagar Ward and other senior officials of the Tourism Department.

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