Till now,the popular monuments and heritage sites of Punjab have lacked guides. The gap will soon be filled by 24 youngsters,who have been given free training by the Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board (PHTPB),in association with Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management (IITTM),Gwalior.
In addition to the training given by the Gwalior faculty,the Board also invited Mary Kemp Clarke,an international consultant,with the help of United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). She shared with the participants important tips and other guiding practices,and also accompanied them on a tour of Punjab as practical training for conducting guided tours.
Talking to The Indian Express,Clarke said she found the trainees to be the “most committed ambassadors for Punjab”.
On successful completion of their four-week training,the participants have been awarded with a certificate by IITTM. After they complete their tests conducted by IITTM successfully,they will be awarded with a licence to officially serve as guides in the state. Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board will market the licensed guide information on their website and at all Tourist Information Centres to enable visitors have an easy access to them.