Luang Prabang, Laos – ICS Travel Group’s branch manager and English-speaking guide, Somsanith Rattana, was recently invited by the Luang Prabang Information, Culture, and Tourism Department and Asian Development Bank to train local guides as part of the “UNESCO Cultural Heritage Guides Programme.”
Ms. Rattana led the training of 35 participants, including guides from other tour companies. Some of the topics Ms. Rattana covered are:
- Society, religion, and politics
- Traditions (arts, crafts, food, performance)
- The present state of sites and conservation work
- The impact of tourism
The cost of Heritage Guide training was covered by the sponsors so that participants could attend free-of-charge. The last Heritage Guides training was conducted ten years ago in 2006.