Certification programmes introduced to create online pool of professionals to help tourists: Govt

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New Delhi, Mar 16 (PTI) The tourism ministry has launched the Incredible India Tourist Facilitator (IITF) and Incredible India Tourist Guide (IITG) certification programmes to create an online pool of professionals to help tourists, the government informed Parliament on Tuesday.

In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Tourism Minister Prahlad Patel said the two digital initiatives aim to create an online learning platform with the objective of creating a pool of well-trained, professional tourist facilitators and tourist guides across the country, including in remote areas with tourism potential.

'The candidates can pursue these online courses from anywhere and at any time and at their own pace. The tourist facilitators and guides are essentially interpreters of a place/event/experience tasked with making tourist spots appealing, explaining the history, myths, legends and culture associated with the destinations,' he said. PTI ASG RC