Chetumal, Q.R. — The first 37 certificates have been granted to trained tourist guides for the state of Quintana Roo.
The Ministry of Tourism granted the first 37 certificates to State Tourism Guides with the goal of promoting professionalization in the sector. Marisol Vanegas Pérez of the Ministry of Tourism says that having accredited tour guides enhances the professionalism as well as their skills, which will improve their economic prosperity.
He says that in the state, there are approximately 1,200 general tourist guides of which only 50 will be guides in compliance with NOM 08 TUR 2002, while another 30 are specialized guides in compliance with NOM 09 TUR 2002.
He added that for the first time, there will be specialized museum guides with historical knowledge on topics such as The Caste War of Yucatán (1847–1901).
Vanegas Pérez explained “The Diploma of State Tourism Guides is a source of great pride because it marks a wealth of historical and cultural knowledge that will strengthen the professional experience of the sector, providing tools of history, tradition and cultural tourism and above all, nurture the experience of our visitors.”
The capital city of Chetumal was chosen first to offer the Diploma of State Tourism Guides. Those who are accredited with the diploma will be responsible for guiding national and international tourist on the culture, geography and indigenous presence in the state along with their popular traditions.
The Diploma of State Tourism Guides will be offered in Cancun in August.