Illegal tour guides, a call for concern in the Western Cape

According to Business Day, The Department of Tourism has crafted new legislation aimed at cracking down on illegal tourist guides.

Apperantly, as many as 50% of guides operating in the county's most popular tourist destination are not legally registered.

John Maytham spoke to Alushca Ritchie, Chairperson of the Cape Tourist Guide Association, to find out how big this tour guide problem is in the Western Cape.

Ritchie told John Maytham that the illegal tour guide problem is indeed a call for concern in the Western Cape.

Listen to the full conversation below:

At the various sites you have the locals who are based there, and those locals are not registered tour guides. That would be a problem to get all the sites' guides registered and that's the first cause of illegal guiding.

Alushca Ritchie, Chairperson of the Cape Tourist Guide Association

She says they have a problem with the new regulations, questioning how this regulations will be implemented and who will monitor the process.

Ritchie says that they are concerned that the unregistered guides could be giving guests unreliable information and a sub standard experience of our sites.


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