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First Certification for Tourist Guides protocol in Europe

Professionals who are not registered with SNATTI can also attend training and request the union to issue the Clean & Safe seal, following the same procedures.

Turismo de Portugal, in partnership with the National Union of Tourist Activity Translators and Interpreters (SNATTI), who represents in Portugal the Qualified Portuguese Tourist Guides and it’s the FEG- European Federation of Tourist Guide Associations -member has developed the possibility for the Tourist Guides to join the Clean & Safe initiative Professionals wishing to obtain the Clean & Safe Seal must attend the training program specially developed by Turismo de Portugal for this situation, which consists of a 2-hour training session, exclusively for Tourist Guides. Trainees subsequently receive a “Clean & Safe Training Certificate”, numbered and issued by Turismo de Portugal, which must be sent to the union via the email cleanandsafe@snatti.com thus making adherence to the Seal. After these procedures, they receive the new professional interpreter guide card already with the Clean & Safe initiative insignia, as well as its digital version to be used in the dissemination channels.

Professionals who are not registered with SNATTI can also attend training and request the union to issue the Clean & Safe seal, following the same procedures.

The seal, free and valid until April 30, 2021, recognizes the Tourist Guide that comply with the recommendations of the Directorate-General for Health in order to ensure the social distance and hygiene necessary to avoid risks of contagion and ensure safe procedures for operation tourist activities.

With this initiative Turismo de Portugal intends to transmit to companies information on the minimum necessary hygiene and cleaning measures for establishments, but above all, to promote Portugal as a safe destination, from the point of view of the care to be followed for a careful and effective maintenance of the conditions that avoid the spread of the coronavirus, in concert, with the involvement of all companies in the sector and appealing to everyone's responsibility.

The high adherence, with more than 4,500 stamps made available so far, demonstrates in an incredibly significant way the commitment of Portuguese companies and now professionals in welcoming tourists safely.

Vicky Karantzavelou
Co-Founder & Chief Editor - TravelDailyNews Media Network | Website

Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales.

She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.

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