Southeast Asian language speaking guides in need
CNATAIPEI--Demand for local tour guides fluent in Southeast Asian languages has jumped as Taiwan sees an ever-increasing number of travelers from that region.
October 15, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
Tourism Bureau statistics show that 1.1 million visitors from South Asia came in 2012, an increase of 24 percent from the 910,000 visitors in 2010.
However, guides certified to conduct tours in those travelers' native languages are in seriously short supply. Of Taiwan's certified guides, 33 speak Thai, seven speak Indonesian and Malay, and only one speaks Vietnamese, the bureau said Monday.
To meet rising demand, the bureau and the Tourist Guide Association have held training programs throughout September and October, with an additional evening program expected to run from Oct.24 to Nov. 4 to accommodate the number of interested people.
The programs have attracted a lot of interest since they launched, the bureau said, with 60 guides-in-training expected to finish the courses.