113 issued tourist guide licences in 2018: MoT

Muscat - 

The Ministry of Tourism (MoT) issued 113 licences for Omani tourist guides in 2018, an official said. These included 54 general guides, 44 local tour guides, one specialist guide and 14 temporary guides, said Eng Mohamed bin Mahmoud al Zadjali, director general of Investor Services and Quality Management in MoT. 

Eng Zadjali was speaking at an event organised by the ministry to celebrate International Tourist Guide Day. The celebration was held under the patronage of Adel bin al Murdas al Busaidi, advisor for tourism affairs in MoT, and attended by a number of officials and tour guides.

Eng Zadjali stressed the importance of the profession of tourist guidance and the pivotal role played by tour guides and their contribution to the industry.

He said there are 107 licensed English instructors, seven German-speaking instructors, four French speakers and one Russian, Italian and Japanese instructors each.

He said 33 tourist guides are active in Dhofar, seven in Muscat, three in Dakhliyah and one in South Batinah. Licences of 49 Omani tour guides were renewed in 2018.

Eng Zadjali noted that the profession is in demand among Omani girls as well. Dr Abdul Kareem al Mugheiri, dean of Oman Tourism College, delivered a speech on the role of the college in promoting the profession of tourist guide through courses and training students at work sites.

The event also included a performance by the Omani Oud Society. A number of tourist guides were also honoured.

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