Training tourist guides: a comparative case study

Helen Gilmore Spiers, Michael F Christie

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    This chapter compares and contrasts two case studies on training of tour guides and tour operators. One is set in Vadstena, Sweden and the other in Jabiru, Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory of Australia. Both courses are designed to fit national qualifications and curriculum frameworks in vocational training. Each is holistic in approach. There is no grading or formal assessment for the Swedish course. The learner group in the Jabiru study is targeted at people who are local but this group is less homogenous in terms of language and cultural background than in the residential course of the Swedish study. The Jabiru course is more competency based than the Swedish one, and was planned in partnership with industry. The Jabiru course trains tour guides and operators for businesses and employment situations with a focus on interpretive, culturally based tourism.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationDiversity and Innovation in Adult and Vocational Education
    EditorsMichael F Christie
    Place of PublicationDarwin
    PublisherNTU Press
    ISBN (Print)1876248122
    Publication statusPublished - 1998

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