25.08.2017 15:08:45 Share

About Guide Requests Receiving to Chambers

In response to the letter sent to the relevant Tourism Faculties by TÜRSAB about the Turkish Language Guiding, it was asked from the chambers connected to our Union on August 24, 2017, how their chambers moved in these requests about the number of guide requests received by the travel agencies to the chambers during the years 2016 and 2017. Views from the chambers are as follows:

Antalya Chamber of Tourist Guides (ARO); Our chamber with realm of authority Antalya, Isparta and Burdur, declared that 45 times guide requested in 2016 and 54 times guide requested in 2017 and all the requests were met by the chamber.

Aydın Chamber of Tourist Guides (ATRO); Our chamber with realm of authority Aydın and Denizli, declared that 80 times guide requested in between 2016-2017 but 42 requests met by the chamber, and that the rest was not declared to the members because the agencies did not declare to pay the guiding base pay set by the Ministry.

Ankara Chamber of Tourist Guides (ANRO); Our chamber with realm of authority Ankara, Afyonkarahisar, Bartın, Çankırı, Eskişehir, Karabük, Kırıkkale, Kastamonu, Çorum, Konya, Karaman and Zonguldak, declared that they have met the guide requests even during the busiest periods.

Nevşehir Chamber of Tourist Guides (NERO); Our chamber with realm of authority Nevşehir, Aksaray, Kayseri, Kırşehir, Niğde, Sivas and Yozgat, declared that they have met the guide requests even during the busiest periods by speaking with the guides one by one and received thanks from the guides concerning this practice.

İzmir Chamber of Tourist Guides (İZRO); Our chamber with realm of authority İzmir, Manisa and Uşak declared that 54 times guide requested in 2016 and 79 times guide requested in 2017 and all the requests were met by the chamber.

Şanlıurfa Regional Chamber of Tourist Guides (ŞURO); Our chamber with realm of authority Şanlıurfa, Adıyaman, Ağrı, Batman, Bingöl, Bitlis, Diyarbakır, Elazığ, Hakkari, Mardin, Muş, Siirt, Şırnak, Tunceli and Van, declared that % 98 of the requests were met.

Gaziantep Regional Chamber of Tourist Guides (GARO); Our chamber with realm of authority Gaziantep, Hatay, Kahramanmaraş, Kilis and Malatya, declared that all the requests were met by the chamber only very few requests were not met during the some peak periods.

Bursa Regional Chamber of Tourist Guides (BURO); Our chamber with realm of authority Bursa, Bilecik and Kütahya, declared that 25 times guide requested in 2017 and all the requests has been answered positively by the chamber.

 Çanakkale Regional Chamber of Tourist Guides (ÇARO); Our chamber with realm of authority Çanakkale, Tekirdağ and Balıkesir, declared that 16 times guide requested in 2016 and 40 times guide requested in 2017 and all these requests were met by announcing them to guides.

Adana Regional Chamber of Tourist Guides (ADRO); Our chamber with realm of authority Adana, Mersin and Osmaniye, declared that 203 times guide requested in 2016 and 225 times guide requested in 2017 and all the requests were met by the chamber.

If you have reviewed the opinions of the guides requested by the chambers for 2016 and 2017, it is not possible to say that the requests cannot be met by the current number of guides. Although contracting as a legal obligation for guides and minimum base fee payment issues find voice in, many agencies did not want to pay it, even they bargain with the guides, these are the priority complaints reported to us.

As can be understood from this, the issue is just an attempt to abolish the legal demands of guides who work under extremely severe conditions, the vast majority of people who work in tours without the concept of working hours and continuity. The issue is nothing more than the effort to keep the cheap labor power under their control without giving any job security.

In case the universities provide a more qualified teaching environment and if at least one foreign language can be spoken in the guidance sections there are no quota limits or other obstacles in front of guidance students.

On the other hand, if the requested regulation takes place, it would be injustice to 10283 guides passing all these steps mentioned until now who have the right to guide both in Turkish and in foreign languages and the standard and quality of the profession will be degraded very rapidly instead of rising.