Forty-five participants are attending the two-day training on farm tourism site guiding at May’s Organic Garden and Restaurant in Bacolod City that started yesterday.
Cristine Mansinares, provincial supervising tourism operations officer, said the training was initiated by the Department of Tourism in Western Visayas, in partnership with the Negros Occidental Tourism Division .
She said the training had participants from different accredited and accreditable farm tourism sites, representatives from the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, and local government units.
It provided basic practical skills and techniques in conducting farm guiding in order to promote high standards of customer service and enhance income opportunities for existing site guides , Mansinares said.
The topics include the Filipino brand of service, duties, and responsibilities of a farm site guide, spiels development, and practical guiding techniques , she said.
She added that a graded mock tour and critiquing was also part of the module to assess the quality of local guiding and practices.
The training is under the Tourism Industry Skills Program aiming to reduce the skills gap and improve service levels, standards and management , she said.
Serving as resource persons were Angeles Gabinete and Jennylind Cordero from the Negros Occidental Tourism Division, and Arianne Balbidades of DOT-Region 6.*
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