Forty three (43) tour guides from nearby villages and lodges participated in the training session which touched on topics such as Burns, Bleeding, Sprains, Strains, Heart Attack, Chocking, Unconsciousness and Fractures, among others. Guides also participated in practical sessions conducting CPR and demonstrating techniques on tying a sling for fractures.
The objective of this training programme was to ensure that registered guides are capable of providing first aid assistance to visitors and tourists in the event of any emergency while conducting tours. It is also a requirement of the Tourist Guide Regulations that all guides must be trained in First Aid/CPR and able to provide valid Certificates before licensing.
The Rupununi, being a high traffic location for tours and with the largest number of tourist guides, was ideal for this training programme; the Authority also facilitated a similar First Aid/CPR training in 2013 for guides in Georgetown.
Other training programmes to be facilitated by the Guyana Tourism Authority in 2014 are Conversational Spanish and Portuguese training programmes for Immigration Personnel, Culinary Training, Customer Service, Packaging, Frontline, Business/Operations Management and Tour Guide Training.
In order to boost the level of hospitality skills in the industry , the GTA organized and trained four hundred and forty two (442) persons last year, in the areas of Housekeeping, Front Desk Management, Customer Care, First Aid and CPR, Kitchen procedures, Food and Beverage, Frontline, Servers Training, Restaurant Awareness Talk, Community Based Tourism and Crisis Communication
The Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Commerce and the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) are committed to capacity building and institutional strengthening by facilitating training programmes and providing opportunities for the development of skills, thereby contributing to the development of the tourism industry.