Busan Metropolitan City Government and Busan Convention and visitors Bureau have opened a 2010 course to train Busan tour coordinators. The program was attended by about 80 aspiring tour coordinators, including cultural heritage interpreters, foreign-language volunteers, and tour guides.
The one-month course provided education on developing a ¡°tourism mind,¡± global etiquette, hidden stories of Busan and kind service. A variety of programs, like Busan tour (Haeundae, Dongnae and Taejongdae) and making kimchi, are also prepared.
Busan CVB plans to recruit participants who achieved high grades and maintained an attendance rate of 80 percent or higher as tour coordinators. They will be dispatched as tour guides for international conferences supported by the bureau, and to large cruise ships entering Busan port.
Most of the participants in the educational course for tour coordinators are retirees that hope to pursue second careers promoting the history and culture of Busan to foreign visitors.
Tour coordinator Kim Man-il, a culture and tourism interpreter aged 74 who retired from the U.S. Army after working for 36 years, said ¡°I have been living a second life as a culture & tourism interpreter who introduces Busan to foreigners for five years since I retired,¡± adding, ¡°When I see how foreigners are impressed by Busan¡¯s culture and history, I feel really happy.¡±
Kim Bi-tae, secretary-general of Busan CVB, commented ¡°The tour coordinator service aims to design and guide customized tour programs considering the occupations and ages of foreign tourists visiting Busan. We will connect the tour coordinator service with T-Buddy campaigns so that tourists will come back to Busan.¡±
* T-Buddy (Tour-Buddy) Campaigns : This is a movement intended to make citizens more hospitable so that they become friends of Korean and foreign tourists who visit Busan.