Tour guides and operators undergo training to boost skills


MORE than 30 tour guides and operators from Tambul-Nebilyer district in Western Highlands were taught basic first aid and cookery skills by two professional trainers from Australia last week.
The Mt Giluwe Tour Guide training was funded by the Tourism Promotion Authority (TPA) under the leadership of chief executive officer Jerry Agus and counter funded by the district administration. Director and lead guide of Impulse Adventures Adrian Manikas and No Roads paramedic David Boston while presenting the certificates to the participants recently said they wanted to help TPA improve and develop tourism activities in Mt Giluwe and the district.
“Tourism has got huge potential here in the Highlands. It can be improved to attract more tourists,” Boston said.
“The participants have learnt so much during the week. We hope they can provide the best tourism experience as guides and tour operators. We will continue to work with TPA to develop tourism potential in the district and Highlands region.”
Manikas said: “There are a lot of waterfalls, bird watching, mountain trekking and sightseeing prospects that can attract tourists from all over the world.
“This basic first aid training will help the guides to give tourists who enjoy their services great and world class experience.”
The participants learnt how to attend or respond to tourists encountering emergency situations like wounds, cuts, broken bones, diarrhoea, snake bites, and cook and prepare delicious meals with local food.
The tour operators that attended the training with their tour guides are: Mt Giluwe Ecotourism Services, Country Tours, Niugini Expeditions Tours, Gaim Enguwal Kuruware Tours, Paia Tours, Pacific Peace Tours, Kim Kim PNG Bird Watching and Trekking.

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