YEREVAN, March 4. /ARKA/. The World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (WFTGA) may open the regional educational center for guides in Armenia in already two months, WFTGA President Felicitas Wressnig told reporters in Yerevan on Saturday.
The Guild of Armenian Guides applied to WFTGA in January proposing to open the Regional educational center for guides in Armenia.
Wressnig said WFTGA board of directors would need about eight months to review the application and make the final decision. The goal of the center is to educate the guides, the qualification of who will meet international standards.
Wressnig added not only local specialists but also students from all over the world can study at the center.
Mekhak Apresyan, Chairman of Tourism, Territorial and Economic Development Department of Economy Ministry, said there are currently two international and seven local specialists working in Armenia who have WFTGA certificate.
“We plan to invite them to teach in the regional center which will be supervised by the Guild of Armenian Guides and prepare new professionals. One of international experts will supervise the educational process,” he added.
Apresyan underlined the new center may enhance Armenia’s rating on the global tourism market.
WFTGA President is currently in Armenia to get familiar with the republic’s tourism potential, according to him.
Today, WFTGA International (regional) educational center is operating in Cyprus. -0-