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November 16, 2018

India Ministry of Tourism rolls out Online Certification Programme for Tourist Facilitators

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Photo: India Minister of State for Tourism, Alphons Kannanthanam, and the Tourism, Culture & Sports Minister of South Korea, Mr. Do Jong-hwan, signed a MoU to enhance tourism cooperation between India and South Korea, in New Delhi on November 05, 2018. File Photo.

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Photo: India Minister of State for Tourism, Alphons Kannanthanam, awarding a Letter of Intent, at a function, in New Delhi. File Photo.

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Photo: The Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Ms. Rashmi Verma, at the rollout of the Incredible India Tourist Facilitator Certification (IITFC) Programme, in New Delhi on November 15, 2018.

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New Delhi, November 15, 2018 — The Union Tourism Secretary, Ms. Rashmi Verma, rolled out the Incredible India Tourist Facilitator Certification (IITFC) Programme in New Delhi, today. With its rollout, the participants will now be able to register for this programme through an online digital platform. IITFC will enable Indian citizens to develop and enhance the skills associated with tourism.

The certification program comprises of basic and advanced self-paced courses designed in a manner that the users can learn at their own time, space, path, and pace. The course kicks off today with a basic introductory module alongside the registration process, which will be followed by payment initiation on 19th November 2018, where any 10+2 pass out candidate can enroll in the basic course comprising of 7 modules aimed at training the facilitators for knowledge, skills and attitude domains at a nominal charge of INR 2000. Successful completion of this program would enable the learner to become a — “Certified Tourist Facilitator of Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.”

Rashmi Verma said that the concept of ‘tourist guide’ has changed the world over and the new age tourist facilitators are ‘storytellers.’ The Secretary added that this online programme would have many advantages like job creation for local people, and harnessing the local experience and traditional knowledge. A person of any age and from any place can join the course. This initiative will also ensure an enriching experience for the tourists, as this initiative would address the issue of shortage of tourist guides, the Secretary explained.

The IITFC program aspires to reach out to a far-flung audience encompassing a diversity of candidates ranging from an enthusiastic student who has recently qualified for higher secondary to an ambitious homemaker willing to grasp tourist facilitation skills from the comfort of her home. The course would also act as an enabler for transforming a local citizen with no specified skills having proficiency in a regional language into a potential bread earner for his or her household.

Source: Ministry of Tourism, Government of India

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