OIC helps take Orkney to the world
International cruise visitors to Orkney can be greeted in at least four languages now, thanks to the latest tour guide recruitment drive for improvement and development in OIC’s cruise ship business.
Of ten local guides who have recently earned their Scottish Tourist Guides Association (STGA) ‘Green Badge’, four speak German, and another three speak Swedish, Polish, and Spanish between them.
The training course, jointly funded by OIC, Cruise Orkney and LEADER, was conducted by Cruise Orkney in conjunction with the STGA in spring to prepare for this year’s cruise ship season.
Michael Morrison, Business Development Manager for OIC Marine Services, said: “Foreign language guides are highly valued by the cruise ship industry, especially in more remote locations where foreign language skills in tour guiding can be a challenge.
“For some time Orkney has been under pressure from the cruise industry to produce more tour guides with language skills and I am pleased that we have managed to achieve this in the 2010 class of tourist guides.
“Cruise Orkney are to be congratulated on successfully attracting foreign language speaking people to their training course, an achievement which further assists with the development of Orkney’s Cruise ship business.'