Canada seeks tourism cooperation with Dubai

DUBAI — Canadian tourism experts are looking for a possible co-operation with Dubai government to upgrade the Tourism industry occupation standards.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Tue 21 Mar 2006, 10:27 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:31 PM

The globally accepted standards are developed by Tourism Training Canada.

According to Kishore Sabnis, Director of Tourism Training Canada for Asia and Middle East, the Canadian company is looking to introduce a new tourism industry occupation standard for Dubai's tourism sector to come on par with the accepted Canadian model. "Our president John Stafford is in the city to explore the possibilities. We already upgraded the industry occupation standard of Singapore and we are currently working in Carribbean islands, Malaysia, Mexico. Dubai is a vibrant city and it has a very good image in the tourism industry with its booming business. By introducing globally accepted Canadian model, the city can achieve more acceptance internationally," he said, adding that the company will have talks with the concerned authorities about the project.

" We give training to the people working in the industry to enhance their service skills and certify them with internationally accepted Canadian standard. Our training program is unique which can change a bar tender to a Director of marketing. We do our programmes from grass-route level and upgrade it with our own standards," he said

" We are focusing on key sectors like hospitality, travel and tourism . The number of tourists coming to Dubai is increasing everyday. The city has to have more upgraded standards for rendering services to meet the demands of visitors. We are looking forward to explore this sector offering a unique programme," he said.

He disclosed that the tourism Industry in Canada is booming because of the high occupational standards offered by the country. " Canada developed its own model to enhance its tourism industry which has got a global acceptance. Now we are trying to exchange this knowledge with other countries," he added.

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