"It is part of Indonesia`s tourism promotion effort in the eyes of
tourist guides in all ASEAN countries," Ministry of Tourism`s Director
General of Tourism Destination Development, Firmansyah Rahim, said here
He said the objective of organizing the 1st ASEAN Tourist Guides
Contest 2011 was to rediscover quality standard, knowledge, skills, and
good attitude as tourist guides in carrying out their tasks properly and
Besides, the objective is also to get a professional and competent
guide who can be a model in supporting tourism sector at ASEAN level.
"Through this event we want to improve mutually-beneficial
cooperation among ASEAN member countries to prepare the guides as
qualified human resources," Firmansyah said.
He said the contest was also expected to produce ASEAN guides
management through Southeast of Asia Tourist Guide Associations (SEATGA)
The organization also supports tourism development in respective
countries and accommodate ASEAN countries tourism interest in a game of
"We hope this contest can unite and strengthen friendship among the
guides from ASEAN countries," Firmansyah said, adding that they could
exchange knowledge and experience.
Firmansyah said that as the initiator of ATGC 2001, Indonesia would take greater advantage from the event.
According to him, procedures of the contest have already been
standardized through several official meetings, both at ASEAN Tourism
Working Group Meeting in Vietnam, and in ASEAN NTO`s Meeting in Laos
several months ago.