18 October, 2017: 1st Tour Guide Training for Oé-Cusse youth: an introduction to best practices in Community Tourism

18 October, 2017: 1st Tour Guide Training for Oé-Cusse youth: an introduction to best practices in Community Tourism

From 16th to 18th October, the Regional Secretary for Community Tourism in RAEOA and ZEESM-TL has developed two simultaneous workshops in Pante Macassar and Oé-Silo and Fonte Sagrada with the aim of introduce best practice examples on Community Tourism development

This week, the Regional Secretary for Community Tourism in RAEOA and ZEESM-TL, with the institutional support of UNDP, organized the first Tour Guide Training for Atoni youth. The workshop, aimed at familiarize participants with basic knowledge and tour guiding skills in communities of Oé-Cusse Ambeno, counted on two Indonesian trainers truly experienced in the tourist sector who presented best practice examples of Community Based Tourism (CBT) developed in their country of origin.

In total, fifteen young people coming from Oé-Silo, Fonte Sagrada and Pante Macassar area actively engaged this three-day training that ended with a Pante Macassar tour where the participants could put into practice what they had learnt during the theoretical sessions.

In the meanwhile, on Tuesday and Wednesday another simultaneous workshop was developed with the communities of Oé-Silo and Fonte Sagrada with the same aim of introduce best practice examples on CBT development from Indonesia and, in addition, to inspire them to develop innovative tourism services and products in their community. A total of 40 community representatives coming from the education sector, local produces groups, village leaders, NGO and youth representatives took part of this workshop and were motivated to start contributing to tourism development individually engaging in activities.

The Regional Secretary for Community Tourism, Ms. Inacia Teixeira, was very pleased with the results obtained and the equal gender participation in both workshops. “I am very proud of active participation of Oé-Cusse youth, especially females in Tour Guide Training and the engagement of communities of Oé-Silo and Fonte Sagrada in tourism development”, Ms. Teixeira claimed, and appealed to the need for collaboration between the government and the communities: “Regional Secretariat of Community Tourism is putting special efforts in engaging communities in development and needs strong response from the people in order to turn community tourism into a success.”

From his side, the Tour Guide Trainer Mr. Arie Asgari, highlighted the natural potential that Oé-Cusse has as a strength to develop community tourism in the region: “Oé-Cusse as a region offers pristine beaches and stunning tropical mountains, which if presented in tourist appealing manner can highly impact the impression of a visitor and bring future tourists to the region”.

In conclusion, both workshops in Pante Macassar and in Oé-Silo and Fonte Sagrada areas were successfully conducted and showed really positive results. Nevertheless, the capacity building trainings will continue in the upcoming months. While the 2nd phase of Tour Guide Training was scheduled for November 2017, community representatives from Oé-Silo and Fonte Sagrada agreed to hold another Working Group meeting on 25th and 26th of October 2017 to assign duties and responsibilities among Working Group members and start preparing their communities for first tourist visit scheduled for November 2017.