Twenty-five tourism lecturers and management officials from the central provinces of Thua Thien-Hue and Quang Nam took part in a professional training course that opened in Hue city on July 13.
The international-standard course, running through July 17, features hands-on skills and experience in guiding tours of world heritage sites as well as possible solutions to arising problems.
Le Huu Minh, Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said almost all UNESCO-recognised heritage and preservation sites lack an international-standard tourism management tool.
UNESCO has helped heritage site localities develop a strategy that incorporates sustainable tourism development into the preservation of heritages and cultural values, he added.
The course, co-hosted by UNESCO, the International Labour Organisation and the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, is part of efforts to produce a contingent of qualified tour guides working in world heritage sites as well as build up a training establishment that offers compulsory qualifications to tour guides in the central region.