Tour guides are qualified first aid responders

Tourism Minister Honourable Randall Mitchell

The Ministry of Tourism is committed to ensuring that Tour Guides are trained to be effective first aid responders, if any emergency develops for visitors at tourist sites across the country.

Tourism Minister Honourable Randall Mitchell says much emphasis is being placed on safety and security measures to allow visitors’  experience in this country to be as safe and enjoyable as possible.

He says the incident involving German biologist, Ulrike Frenking, who fell into a bat cave at Tamana while hiking with friends earlier this year, was most unfortunate. Minister Mitchell also wishes him a complete recovery.  

Frenking was assisted by villagers following the incident.

According to Minister Mitchell, a lot is being done to minimise such incidents to ensure each visitor enjoys the country’s tourism offerings.

The Ministry’s Tour Guiding Safety and Security Protocol Handbook’s guidelines clearly states that tour guides “should have above elementary first-aid training to be able to respond to sudden medical emergencies that might occur while on tour.”

The Minister notes that tour operators, tour guides, tourist transport providers and others are among the primary target groups who are benefiting from the Caribbean Small Tourism Enterprises Project (STEP), which is intended to assist small tourism operators to enhance their competitiveness, profitability and sustainability. Under the programme 48 small tourism stakeholders have been provided with first aid training.

The Ministry also advises that COSTAATT is the accredited institution for the training of Tour Guides and its first group of 30 trainees graduated in January with valid first aid certificates, which is in keeping with the Bureau of Standards requirement. The Ministry is asking all stakeholder groups and individuals to continue to do more to make the visitor experience here in T&T, not only enjoyable but safe and special.

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