DENPASAR ~ Over 1,000 Bali tour guides participated in an intermediate intensive training course this past week in Denpasar.
The course was a joint initiative sponsored by the Indonesian Tourist Guide Association (HPI) of Bali and the Indonesian Hindu University, a spokesman said.
The Chief of the Bali Tourism Board, Gede Nurjaya, said earlier this week that in order to develop human resources on the island, the tourist industry needed guides who were more talented and better qualified.
â€œBaliâ€™s government is currently focusing on improving tourist guide services for local and international visitors. We need good guides who can talk about everything that has to do with Bali,â€ he said.
Made Sukadana, the chief of HPI, supported Nurjayaâ€™s statement. He said that every guide must obtain certificates of competency in their ability to accompany and handle visitors in Bali.
â€œThere are 7,039 tourist guides in Bali right now. Only 4,786 of them have extended their licenses. So far 1,045 guides have taken part in the intensive course to obtain competency certifications,â€ he explained.
The head of the programâ€™s committee, Professor Ida Bagus Gunadha, said that the intensive course takes 42 days.
â€œBecause we expect many participants to take part in this program, we will be holding courses until June 9,â€ he said.