Why Tours In Bali Are About To Be Easier And Better Than Ever
Bali is celebrating the successes of 290 newly qualified tour guides who are ready to head off onto the island and give their gold-standard services to tourists.
A whole new generation of tour guides were awarded their Tourism Competency Certifications this week, just in time for the peak vacation season.
The group of 290 newly qualified tour guides and hospitality workers are now ready to take their work in the tourism sector to the next level.
The qualification proves them to be competent in many different areas of the hospitality industry.
The Head of the Denpasar City Regional Tourism Office, I Gusti Ayu Laxmy Saraswaty, explained what the Tourism Competency Certification means in practice.
He explained, “Through the provision of competency certification for hotel and restaurant workers as well as tour guides, we hope that human resources in tourism will have competency skills according to their fields. This is an indicator to realize quality tourism in Denpasar City [and beyond.]”
Saraswati shared his hopes that the newly qualified individuals will be able to call on this training throughout their careers and see their potential for great success in the tourism sector on the island.
The award ceremony was also attended by the Head of Tourism Resources and Creative Economy, Denpasar City Tourism and Information Agency, I Wayan Hendaryana.
He shared, “We carried out a competency exam in March 2023. Then hand over 200 competency certificates to hotel and restaurant workers and 90 certificates to Denpasar tour guides. We work with The National Professional Certification Agency (BNSP) through a licensed Professional Certification Agency (LSP).”
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So while this is excellent news for all those who earned their certificates, what does this mean for tourists? Heaps of good things!
Bali is a world leader in the tourism space. From hotels to restaurants, from tour guides to tourism attractions, the slick operation and gracious hospitality of the island have earned its esteemed reputation.
Whenever there is an investment in improving the skill sets of tourism workers in Bali, there are bound to be benefits for tourists, whether that be better service or simply more highly qualified service staff available to work at the island’s tourism facilities.
The Governor of Bali, Wayan Koster, recently announced that tourists must hire the services of registered tour guides when visiting key attractions and touring the island, especially when visiting temples and sacred sites.
It is clear that Governor Koster and his provincial government want to see more high-quality tourism in Bali and want to heavily regulate what tourists can and cannot do.
For example, the Governor has proposed that tourists are completely banned from driving vehicles that they have hired on the island, instead relying on a private hire driver and tour guide.
While this plan remains in its proposal stage, Governor Koster has released a series of behavioral guidelines for tourists heading to Bali and reaffirmed the law regarding foreigners driving in Indonesia.
Behind the scenes, the tourism sector in Bali is investing in diversifying and up-skilling the workforce. Just last month, the Badung Regency Office for Small Business and Trade held a barista training course for young people.
The intake of 28 local wannabe baristas will be taught everything they need to know to become top-quality baristas and service staff.
Badung Regency is the busiest tourism region in Bali, home to key destinations like Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Canggu, Nusa Dua and Uluwatu.
Tourists can expect to see the already competitive and top-notch cafe scene on the southern coast improve no end as this kind of training continues to be offered intake after intake.
Similarly, the Badung Regency Government has also invested in giving bakery and pastries training to pair local bakers.
The training involved not only education on baking but also service and business management.
Officials say that once the trainees have completed the course that they will be in a great position to apply for work in Bali’s top hotels and restaurants or even open businesses of their own, bringing yet more innovation and diversity to Bali’s culinary scene.
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