CAPE TOWN –The Western Cape launched a new online registration system for tour guides which also gives them access to a database of resources.
Supporting local business has been the theme for September, and with the easing of the lockdown regulations, inter-provincial travel is allowed.
Western Cape finance and economic opportunities MEC David Maynier said this is one of the initiatives they are taking in trying to support local business during the Coronavirus pandemic.
“To ensure that our tour guides were able to access the relief funding that the national government made available to them, we collected and verified the details of an estimated 5 000 tourist guides, which were then submitted to the Department of Tourism to receive financial support,” said Maynier.
“Our One Day tourism campaign, which was developed by Wesgro and launched to inspire future travellers during the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, provided an opportunity for tourist guides to become virtual guides, using streaming services to conduct tours of our top experiences in the Western Cape.
Mayniersaid at the end of the virtual tour, viewers would have had the chance to show their appreciation to the tourist guides through Paypal or Snapscan.
Maynier added that while the Tourism Guide Registration Offices remain partially closed due to Covid-19 restrictions, that tour guides can schedule appointments to collect their guide ID cards and badges.
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