NCAC trains official tour guides on comprehensive sites interpretation

Monday, July 29, 2019

The National Centre for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Friday, further trained members of the Official Tour Guides on comprehensive interpretation of the available historical cultural sites in destination Gambia.

The daylong training which took place at the National Museum was also meant to strengthen the capacity of the guides and as well use to seek for their support to always bring more visitors to those sites which include: Fort Bullen; Juffureh-Albreda; Kunta Kinteh Island; Janjangbureh historical town; community and National Museum; Arch 22, Kankurang Center in Janjangbureh; Kerr Batch and Wassu Stone Circles and River Gambia among other historical sites in the country.

Also, they were further exposed to the cultural assets of The Gambia; importance of interpreting heritage sites; both community and international festivals in the country. In addition they learned more about the Janjangbureh Kankurang Museum; Juffureh Revamp Project and customer service presentation among.

Commenting on the refresher training, Hassoum Ceesay, acting director general National Centre for Arts and Culture, dilated on the importance of the training which he said will allow tour guides to give real and authentic interpretation of the cultural heritage sites.

He added further that it will help to avoid confusion when it comes to interpretation of those sites when tourists visit them “because giving different interpretation to a site by different tour guides will confuse visitors and the message on the significance about the sites will be lost.”

DG Hassoum applauded tour guides for their good jobs and encouraged them to do more to sell the country’s cultural heritage sites to the visitors. He assured them of NCAC’s further supports while he as well called on other stakeholders to give them support too.

Author: Yunus S Saliu