Panama increases number of certified tour guides
66 new tour guides pass the knowledge test and obtain the authorization issued by the ATP
Thirty-seven aspiring tourist guides passed the basic knowledge exam to opt for the card issued by the Panama Tourism Authority (ATP) for the first time, to carry out this activity in the national territory.
With this new record, there are 635 tourist guides certified by the entity throughout the country.
Of the 87 participants who took the general knowledge exam, 37 are guides who will obtain the card for the first time, while 29 passed for renewal every two years and 21 failed. The provinces represented were: Panama, Herrera, Darién, Chiriquí, Coclé, Colón, Bocas del Toro, Veraguas and a foreigner.
The topics developed were focused on the history of Panama, geography, protected areas, laws, historical dates and their characters, the main tourist attractions of the country, among others.
For the renewal of the license, the exam was applied only to the guides registered in the Tourist Investment Directorate of the ATP, who presented as a requirement: a copy of the personal identity card, a copy and original of the first aid certificate issued by a qualified entity, notice of operation, letter of work experience as a tour guide and demonstrate command of another language, in addition to Spanish.
The ATP seeks that the activity of tourist guide is exercised by trained professionals, that the institution can have a registry or database of the people who dedicate themselves to this activity and that the tourist has at his service a guide that provides correct information about the destination.
Tour guides represent an important piece in the tourism value chain, because they are the ones who share the interesting cultural and natural heritage of the country, thus enriching the visitor's experience.