Do Not Let Unauthorized Persons To Guide
Zeki Apali, President of the Tourist Guides Union (TUREB), stated that the practices in domestic tourism left guides in a lurch and said, "On the trips, the municipalities assign duty undocumented and unauthorized persons who do not comply with any legislation for the groups or by demanding authorized persons from the local municipalities in order to make these trips by undocumented and unauthorized persons, this is the greatest impact to our professional group by the public hands. Do not let unauthorized persons to guide, “said.
In the explanation made by Apali to AA correspondent, after guiding became a defined profession with the law enacted in 2012, stated that TUREB was established as "a professional body in the nature of a public institution", as TUREB, he said that we had regretted having difficult days in recent days.
In domestic and foreign tourism, indicating the importance of that guiding activity should be done by competent ones, Apali pointed out that it would be possible to achieve greater success in tourism then former if the public and sector collaborate.
Apali tells us that it has been a very difficult period in tourism, ‘’A large part of our guides that does not have a specific income due to retirement, contracted work in public institutions, or not being an academic staff, a large part without a specific income consists only of guides that earn their lives only for by providing guidance services and these kind of people have been living a very difficult period’’, he said.
Emphasizing that different practices are increasing in domestic tourism according to 2016, Apali continued: "Illegal practices in domestic tourism, the provincial organizations of public institutions remaining insensitive to this Illegality, made guides tired of their life. Although, it is obligatory to have a certified authorised travel agency and guide certified by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in accordance with our law, there are public institutions, foundations, societies especially municipalities organizing social and cultural trips; on these trips, the municipalities assign duty undocumented and unauthorized persons who do not comply with any legislation for the groups or by demanding authorized persons from the local municipalities in order to make these trips by undocumented and unauthorized persons, this is the greatest impact to our professional group by the public hands. Do not let unauthorized persons to guide. How we were like one fist against the coup d'état on 15 July, we see such attacks as a coup d’état on the rights of our colleagues who have worked and trained for years, and we announce that we will respond on every platform."
Negative Perception against Turkey Should Be Removed
Apali remarked that: There are about 3 thousand quotas in 43 guidance university programs throughout Turkey including post graduate programs and said: "Illegal practices not let pave the way for the young people but also the rights of existing guides are being usurped. To our managers, no doubt about their attitude towards the right and the fair, I would like to emphasize the importance of urging the issue. Thus job loss will be prevented, educated and equipped guides will stop trying to change the sector, the adversity will escape in some way, and in the next process we will try to put our country on the top of the world tourism league. "
As a result of Preventing public illegal activities, sector will be organized and the unemployed guides will take additional tours, expressing Apali, said: "In order to increase the number of tourists, the advertising activities and campaigns of Turkey need to be done in a strong way, especially in order to remove the negative perceptions against Turkey should be first. Then I think that we can increase the number of tourists by increasing the quality of service for tourists and providing training of personnel working in this sector.’’ Apali expressing said that by the end of 2016, there are 10 thousand 61 licensed guides in 37 different languages, legally guides who want to work obliged to register as "active" in this sense, although nearly 7,500 guides applied for "active" in 2016 this year's number decreases to 4 thousand 800, This is due to decrease in the number of tours and the reason lie behind this decline is guides became desperate.
"Promotional Activities Should Be Shifted Towards Local Promotion"
Apalı pointing out that various campaigns, publicity and image studies should be carried out for faster recovery of the tourism sector, he noted: "Promotional activities should be shifted towards the local promotion rather than the territorial. At tourism fairs, guides that have enough knowledge about the country and foreign language should be in front line instead of citizens residing abroad or public employees.
Because we hear of something very often that only brochures are given to the visitors who ask questions in order to get information, no detailed information given at these kind of fairs, sometimes accompanied by sentences starting in the form of '’we have not seen yet but …...'’and fulfilled the mission with the brochure."