In order to support the nation’s overall economy recovery plan and in preparation for the tourist season from September, the De-suung Skilling Programme in Advanced Guiding was launched. There are more than 600 De-suups with tour guide licenses. The course has been designed in collaboration with the Tourism Council of Bhutan and leading tour operators.
The objective of the Advanced Tour Guide Course is to refresh the participating De-suups on the fundamentals of tour guiding and to advance their skills to the next level. In addition to refreshing their knowledge of Bhutan, the course will also emphasize on developing communication, interpersonal and leadership skills so they they become capable brand Ambassadors for Bhutan.
Guest speakers have completed their sessions with the trainees.
They include –
Director General Dorji Dhradul on the overview of Tourism in Bhutan;
Dasho Sonam Kinga on the Contemporary History of Bhutan;
Khenpo Phuntsho Tashi on Bhutanese iconography and Buddhism;
Dasho Kinley Dorji on the contemporary challenges of Bhutan;
International Trainer Bill Jones on the art of communication and story telling.
Tourism and Hospitality Specialist – Karma Lotey on challenges of the tourism sector;
Researcher Tashi Choden on youth and social issues and Yeewong Media founder – Pem C. Tenzin on the role of social media;
Program Director, Bhutan Canada Foundation Stephen Couchman on Trans Bhutan Trail;
Jigme Yoezer on Driglam Namzha;
Environment Consultant Thinley Namgyel on Climate Change & it’s Impact on Bhutan;
Dr. Karma Tshering and Nawang Gyeltshen on Biodiversity of Bhutan;
Former Finance Secretary – Nim Dorji on Bhutan’s economy;
Dasho Karma Tshiteem on GNH;
Lt. Col. Sisir on Sensitization on local laws; and
Tenzin Chokey and Galley Pem on Tour Guiding – A Gender Perspective.
The course began on June 4th and will conclude soon. The second batch is scheduled to begin on July 4th.
Trashi Delek to all our Nyamros and thank you to all the esteemed Guest Speakers for supporting this important initiative la.