Guide training at World Heritage site

April 24, 2014 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

SUKHOTHAI, 24 April 2014: Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, earlier this week, with UNESCO to develop local guide training at Sukhothai Historical Park.

DASTA director, Nalik-atipak Saengsanit, said the MoU will support a Cultural Heritage Specialist Guide Training Programme in the form of a matching fund budget of Bt3 to Bt3.5 million during 2014 to 2015.

“The programme will focus on developing trainers (Train The Trainers) to make local people knowledgeable, so that they can work as guides in the historical park.”

UNESCO Bangkok director Dr Gwang-Jo Kim (Left) and DASTA director Col Dr Nalik-atipak Saengsanit (Right) signed MoU on a project to develop local guide training at Sukhothai Historical Park 21 April.

If successful, similar efforts could be rolled out to improve services at other World Heritage sites in Thailand, using the Sukhothai partnership as a business model.

According to UNESCO, the programme focuses on training local guides and involving members of the community in the task of conserving heritage. The guides graduating from the programme will be able to work at the park and offer more information to visitors.

Initiated in 2005,  the training programme has been successful in other World Heritage sites across Asia, including Laos, Macau, China and Vietnam.

The historic town of Sukhothai, Si Satchanalai and Kamphaeng Phet, were inscribed on the World Heritage list in 1991 in recognition of their outstanding universal value.


2 Responses to “Guide training at World Heritage site”
  1. charubun pananon says:

    Who control and issue the guide license ? Do they consult and work with the MoTS ? Thai tourism organizations always confuse and duplicate their work. We should consider to reform our tourism management system.

  2. Good news to have Guide training at World Heritage Site like Sukhothai. Please advise more information about the venue, when and where. If the program for the training should be in Thai or English. Training for trainers would be useful for
    there are many guides for inbound tourism using different languages and many are
    based on different information. Though, the training for trainer is very important to have one acceptable information and standard. The program should be extended the class in Bangkok as well for main departures to the destination like
    Sukhothai or Kampaengpet starting from Bangkok as Northern Thailand Tour. This program should be useful for the opening of AEC Tourism coming up soon.