Training course to improve human resources in tourism sector

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - The Mass Media, Culture and Tourism Institute under the Information, Culture and Tourism Ministry has organised the Asean National Tourism Trainer and Assessor Training Programme as part of efforts to attract more tourists to the country during Visit Laos Year 2018.

Twenty trainees from technical and vocational schools are participating in the programme which runs from July 9 to 19.

The tourism industry is working hard to promote and improve itself through training courses and the improvement of guide as 5 million visitors are expected to visit Laos this year.

The Director General of the institute, Mr Vilaythong Sixanonh, said during the opening ceremony of the training programme on Monday: “Our aim is to help trainees or teachers from other vocational schools to be able to use this tourism curriculum of Asean to develop human resources in the hotel and tourism industries of Laos.”

He added, “Human development is very important work and it is one of the indicators that contribute to the national economic development plan, especially the improvement of services and the sustainable development of tourism.”

The training is a part of the ministry’s efforts and also follows the Asean tourism development strategy 2016 -2025 and the ministry’s development plan for 2016-2020.

Mr Vilaythong noted tourism is developing very fast, though there is a need for further development of human resources to be able to meet the demands of tourism units. “Now, we have 32 tourism-related vocational subjects of Asean in our curriculum and we can completely train 23 people and are able to meet the Asean model for standard trainers. However, we still need more trainers to help develop our human resources in order to meet the demands,” he said.

“This new curriculum has been adopted by the ten Asean members. This training will help you to exchange lessons, understand the Asean tourism standard curriculum and know how to use handbooks or manuals in the correct way.”

Entering into the Asean Economic Community was one of main factors for more competitors among Asean states. “Therefore, the tourism sector will also be more competitive, and the training is a part of the efforts to improve the country to meet Asean and international standards,” he said.

During the opening the training programme, Mr Vilaythong also opened a half-day seminar on the improvement of national, provincial and local tour guide training courses and the development of the upgraded tour guide training course for renewal of licences.

The national tour guide training curriculum was established and implemented in 1990. Since then, the curriculum has been improved over the years, and more than 1,000 people were trained using it.

 In 2010, the curriculum began to be used for training guides in the provincial and local levels.

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