Sarawak Park Guides Need Licence To Operate Effective April

Source: http://bernama.com/bernama/state_news/news.php?id=249492&cat=sre

March 02, 2007 19:34 PM

Sarawak Park Guides Need Licence To Operate Effective April 1

KUCHING, March 2 (Bernama) – Park guides in Sarawak will need to have a licence to provide guiding service to visitors in national parks and nature reserves, as the Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) will implement a park guide training and licensing system effective April 1 this year.

Sarawak Forestry Chief Park Warden, Wilfred Landong said today the Controller of National Park and Nature Reserves approved the implementation of Regulation 8 of the National Parks and Nature reserves regulations, 1999 pertaining to the licensing of park guides, involved in providing guiding services in national parks and nature reserves.

“SFC is the first to implement the licensing system in the country. Under the licensing system, two categories of park guide licence will be issued namely the Provisional Park Guide Licence and the Park Guide Licence,” he said at a media conference to announce the park guide training and licensing system for National Park and Nature Reserves in Sarawak, here.

This effectively makes it necessary for a park guide to possess a licence issued by the Controller of National Parks and Nature Reserves to provide guiding services.

Landong said the Provisional Licence, valid for only one year, enabled the licence holder to guide in any national park or nature reserve during that period.

He said to obtain the full park Guide Licence, valid for three years, a park guide need to attend and pass a Certificate in Park Guiding Course or pass the general examinations or assessment organised by SFC, including specific park products or services training and basic first aid course.

The training programme under the Certificate Course is aimed at enhancing the professionalism of park guides in the delivery services to provide high quality experiences to visitors in national parks and nature reserves.

“This will enable park guides to understand conservation so that they can motivate tourists to appreciate environmental and biodiversity issue,” he said.

Landong said the implementation of park guide training would inculcate best practice standards among park guides in relation to safety, interpretation, customer service, product promotion and park guide’s own leadership and presentation.

“This will assist tour operators in identifying park guides possessing the relevant training and qualifications to conduct guiding services in national parks and nature reserves,” he said.

He said about 300,000 visitors visited the 18 national parks and five nature reserves in the state last year.

– BERNAMA