GTA completes First Aid & CPR Training
–15 hotel staff, tour guides and tour operators within the Essequibo Region trained
During February 24 – 28, 2021, the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) facilitated a First Aid & CPR training with 15 hotel staff, tour guides and tour operators at the Government’s Regional State House, Anna Regina, Essequibo with all COVID-19 protocols being observed. Participants from Jaigobin Hotel, Lake Mainstay Resort, WD’s Hotel & Mall, Lord’s Hotel, Baby Doll Hotel, Knight Rider’s Hotel and the Region 2 Tourism Association were all trained as first responders.
These sessions were guided by Melissa Alstrom, an instructor from the Guyana Training College for International Skills (GTCI) who is passionate about first response, health and safety. Participants were trained in areas such as Knowing When to Call 911, Checking an Ill or Injured Person, Sudden Illness, Preventing Heart Disease, Caring for a Heart Attack and other Cardiac Emergencies, among other critical areas of emergency care. Practical as well as theoretical methods were employed to ensure that participants of the respective businesses are sufficiently trained to handle emergency situations.
The GTA has maintained that as part of its licensing system, Tour Guides and Tourism Accommodation Establishments are required to have First Aid & CPR Certification before a licence can be issued. Certificates are valid for a period of two years.
As part of its effort to support tourism businesses, the GTA has waived all training fees for training programmes delivered by the Authority and is also providing a 50% contribution towards the training fees associated with First Aid training delivered by a recognised institution. This waiver policy is valid until March 31, 2021.
Capacity building remains a key component in the GTA’s work plan to build the resiliency of the sector. The Authority is committed to supporting all tourism businesses to reopen safely and raise the standard of operations by providing training and technical support in all the relevant areas. As such, a number of training programmes have been scheduled based on the needs of the sector. Some of the upcoming training programmes are Successful Taxi Driver training, Boat Captain training, Culinary training within Indigenous communities, Yield Management and Pricing, and Hygiene and Sanitation Protocols. To assist tourism stakeholders with planning their training activities in advance, the GTA has developed a living training schedule and persons are asked to indicate their interest to participate in any of the training programmes, by registering using the survey monkey link.
For more information on the GTA’s training initiatives contact Chetnauth Persaud, Training & Tourism Development Officer, at email@example.com or Tamika Inglis, Manager of Training & Licensing, at firstname.lastname@example.org in the Travel Industry Development Division (TIDD) or call +(592) 219 0055.