As part of TOFTigers commitment to support the integration of wildlife conservation with tourism planning and visitor experiences, so we have committed over the last ten years to a host of training programmes. They are often sponsored by the travel industry. These have included:
Park Guides: Over 40 of the best of Madhya Pradesh’s park guides, whose job is to show visitors around parks including Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Pench have been given up to two month’s intensive training on field guiding, visitor interpretation and nature education, through IIFM in Bhopal.
Park Drivers: Over 600 of Madhya Pradesh’s drivers, who drive visitors and VIP’s in all of Madhya Pradesh’s best known parks, have been given an intensive two day training course in 4x4 driving, interpretation and visitor interaction over the last couple of years.
Field Directors and Tourism authorities: An intensive three day workshop, attended by all the Field staff of 6 of Maharashtra Tiger reserves, together with 20 staff of the Maharashtra Tourism Board where trained in recognising and implementing sustainable tourism, to pass the GSTC Sustainable Tourism Awareness Certification.
Travel Industry workshops: Ongoing workshops, presentation and networking events seek to help educate the industry in the art of sustainability and the increasing needs to work towards sustainability in an ever demanding and increasingly legislated industry.
Requests for training and training courses continue to be run as needed or requested.