Announcement

 Colombian Government offers  2nd Spanish as a Foreign Language Asia + initiative (ELE Asia +, per its acronym in Spanish) for 14 scholarships for tourist guides and undergraduate and graduate students from India, Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Maldives and Sri Lanka to study Spanish in Colombia during 4 months in the second semester of 2018. During their stay in Colombia, the recipients of the scholarship will also learn more about Colombia's history, culture, and geography.

The scholarships include, among other benefits, a monthly stipend, round trip air ticket, and the tuition fee in the university in which the student will take the course. The scholars will also engage, through volunteering, in socially oriented projects carried out by the universities that will allow them to exchange and socialize with local communities

In this regard, I request your good offices in order to spread this information.

To find the application form and the bases of the call visit www.cancilleria.gov.co/diplomacy/convocatory/extranjeros or the website of the Embassy of Colombia in India: http://india.embajada.gov.co/newsroom/news/2018-04-19/14407


Vacancy Announcement

Guide Association of Bhutan announces the vacancy for the post of Executive Director. For details contact office at +975-02-339864

Qualification and Experience

Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree with more than seven years of work experience. Preference will be given to candidates who have tourism related experiences.  Please apply before 30th April 2018. Only short listed candidates will be called for interview.

Package:

Minimum: Nu 30,000 per month

Job Description of Executive Director, Guide Association of Bhutan (GAB)

Position Title:                                     Executive Director

Reports to:                                         Board of Directors

Reporting to this position:                All heads (Administration & Finance, Program and IT)

Job Summary

The Executive Director serves as chief executive of Guide Association of Bhutan (GAB) and, in partnership with the Board, is responsible for the success of GAB. Together, the Board and Executive Director assure GAB’s relevance to the community, the accomplishment of GAB’s mission and vision, and the accountability of GAB to its diverse constituents.

The Board delegates responsibility for management and day-to-day operations to the Executive

Director, and s/he has the authority to carry out these responsibilities, in accordance with the direction and policies established by the Board. The Executive Director provides direction and enabling to the Board as it carries out its governance functions.

Accountabilities

1. Legal compliance

a)  Assures the filing of all legal and regulatory documents and monitors compliance with

relevant laws and regulations.

2. Mission, policy and planning

a) Helps the Board determine GAB’s values, mission, vision, and short- and long-term goals.

b) Helps the Board monitor and evaluate GAB’s relevancy to the community, its effectiveness, and its results.

c)  Keeps the Board fully informed on the condition of GAB and on all the important factors

influencing it.

d) Identifies problems and opportunities and addresses them; brings those which are appropriate to the Board ; and, facilitates discussion and deliberation.

e)  Informs the Board about trends, issues, problems and activities in order to facilitate policy-making.

f) Recommends policy positions.

g) Keeps informed of developments in human services, not-for-profit management, governance, philanthropy and fund development.

 

3. Management and Administration

 

a) Provides general oversight of all GAB activities, manages the day-to-day operations, and assures a smoothly functioning, efficient organization.

b) Assures program quality and organizational stability through development and implementation of standards and controls, systems and procedures, and regular evaluation

c)  Assures a work environment that recruits, retains and supports quality staff and volunteers.

d) Assures process for selecting, development, motivating, and evaluating staff and volunteers.

e) Recommends staffing and financing to the Board of Directors. In accordance with Board

action, recruits personnel, negotiates professional contracts, and sees that appropriate

salary structures are developed and maintained.

f) Specifies accountabilities for management personnel (whether paid or volunteer) and        evaluates performance regularly.

 

4. Governance

a) Helps the Board articulate its own role and accountabilities and that of its committees and individual members, and helps evaluate performance regularly.

b)Works with the Board Chair to enable the Board to fulfill its governance, functions and facilitates the optimum performance by the Board and individual Board members.

c)With the Board Chair, focus on Board attention on long-range strategic issues.

d)Manages the Board’s due diligence process to assure timely attention to core issues.

e) Works with the Board Chair to get the best thinking and involvement of each Board member and to stimulate each Board member to give his or her best.

f) Recommends volunteers to participate in the Board and its committees.

 

5. Financing

a) Promotes programs and services that are produced in a cost-effective manner, employing economy while maintaining an acceptable level of quality.

b)Oversees the fiscal activities of the organization including budgeting, reporting and audit.

c) Works with Board to ensure financing to support short- and long-term goals.

d) Assures an effective fund development program by serving as the chief development

officer or hiring and supervising an individual responsible for this activity.

e)Helps guide and enable the Board and its individual Board members to participate actively in the fund development process.

f)  Helps the Board design, implement and monitor a viable fundraising plan, policies and procedures.

g) Participates actively in identifying, cultivating and soliciting donor prospects.

h)Assures the availability of materials to support fund and any other solicitations.

i)Assures the development and operation of gift management systems and reports for quality decision-making.

6. Community relations

a) Facilitates the integration of GAB into the fabric of the community by using effective marketing and communications activities.

b) Acts as an advocate, within the public and private sectors, for issues relevant to GAB, its services and constituencies.

c) Listens to clients, volunteers, donors and the community in order to improve services and generate community involvement.

d)Assures community awareness of GAB’s response to community needs.

e) Serves as chief spokesperson for GAB, assuring proper representation of GAB to the community.

f) Initiates, develops, and maintains cooperative relationships with key constituencies.

g) Carry out any other tasks assigned by the Board.


ANNOUNCEMENT
Dear Tour Guides ,
Guide Association of Bhutan(GAB) would like to seek feedback/comments and suggestions from guides those who have done Jhomolhari trek probably from September, October, November till now.

The feedback may be provided on the following areas:-
1. The status on trail, campsites and trash. 
2. The campsite fees
3. Campsite managers 
4. Restrooms, dining and others

GAB would like to request tour guides to obtain feedback and suggestions at the at the earliest possible to improve services and other amenities.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENT
The office of the Guide Association of Bhutan would like to send this notification to all Tour Guides and Tour Operators that the summer timing for visiting Tashichhodzong and National Memorial Chorten will be as follows: 
 

Tashichhodzong 
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm on weekdays (Monday to Friday) 
and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on weekends (Saturdays, Sundays and other Government holidays)

 

National Memorial Chorten
9:00 am to 5:00 pm (throughout the week)

 

NNOUNCEMENT
During the upcoming 3rd National Council Election if any of the tour guides cannot make it to the polling station for casting votes, the office of the Guide Association has received ‘POSTAL BALLOT FORM’ from Election Commission of Bhutan. If you would like to avail postal ballot you are requested to collect from the office (or either download from the ECB website) and submit before 5th March 2018 to Office of the Guide Association of Bhutan. For further information contact the office at +975-339864   

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENT

Dear Tour Guides,

The office of the Guide Association of Bhutan would like to inform all tour guides that the renewal of tour guide license for the year 2018 has started from December 1, 2017 and the last date of renewal will be till the end of February 2018. Therefore, the office would like to send this reminder that you renew your license on time to avoid late penalties and other unnecessary inconveniences.

Following are the documents that are needs:

1. Tour Guide License (Original Card)

2. Citizenship Identity Card (copy)

3. Online-No Objection Certificate (copy)

4. 1 Legal Stamp

 


TOURISM COUNCIL OF BHUTAN SPECIALISATION COURSE FOR TOUR GUIDES

The Service Division under the Tourism Council of Bhutan in collaboration with Department of Employment and Human Resources, MoLHR will be conducting the following trainings for existing Tour Guides in January & February, 2018.
1. Specialization Course on Iconography & Bhutan History- 90 slots
2. Specialization Course on Nature Tourism (Birding) – 40 slots
The last date for submission of application is on 26th December, 2017 before 4PM. For registration / submission of documents please email to Coordinator at trainings@tourism.gov.bt and visit our website www.tourism.gov.bt for criteria, application form and necessary details or call 17339407.

You can download training and the registration forms from given below links.....

http://www.tourism.gov.bt/…/specialisation-course-for-tour-…


ANNOUNCEMENT

This is to inform GAB member that Bhutan Innovation & Technology Centre - Thimphu TechPark, in collaboration with UNDP Bhutan is pleased to bring you the fifth edition of Startup Weekend! The theme ‘Ecotourism’.interested individuals are invited to come and pitch your ideas or simply come and watch. Please come to the venue at 3.00 pm on 24th November at Namgay Heritage Hotel, Thimphu. Meals and snacks provided. Interested Gab members are requested to kindly participate. Kindly contact Mr. Leki Wangmo at 17790978/ 02-339864 for the registration 


 

ANNOUNCEMENT
Notification for De-suung Integrated Training Programme
Guide Association of Bhutan (GAB) solicits our member tour guides to register for the De-suung Integrated Training Programme beginning tomorrow. The training will be held from November 20 – December 10, 2017 and has been exclusively scheduled for tour guides.

Interested member tour guides may visit the GAB’s office for registration and filling up the application form. Registration would be done on a first-come-first basis. There are slots for 80 male tour guides and 45 female tour guides.
Please bring along the copies of the following documents:
1. Copy of security clearance 
2. Copy of academic transcript (the final one) 
3. Copy of CID 
4. Copy of medical certificate 
5. 2 copies of passport size photograph 
6. NOC from concerned agency if working as a permanent guide 
7. Copy of tour guide license
For details, call 17412711, 17790978 & 17556559.
Management, GAB


ANNOUNCEMENT

Reminder on dress code for tourists

GAB has been informed by some Dzongkhag Administration Offices of tourists not coming in proper attire while visiting Dzongs and other sacred temples in the country where police personnel have been deployed for security.

These Dzongkhag Administration Offices have asked GAB to inform our tour guides to avert situation where tourists have been barred entry mainly because of their dress/ attires. As such, we request our tour guides to inform and ensure that their guests don’t have to confront such situation.

GAB is, therefore, issuing the following reminders in interest of our tour guides and their guests, which we hope would be taken into consideration:

 Please inform the guests to dress modestly and respectfully especially if they are planning to make a visit to Dzongs, monasteries and other religious institutions.
 Please inform the guests to remove their hats, caps etc. as they enter religious and administrative premises, institutions and any other places where the national flag is raised.
 Please inform the guests that shoes must be removed when entering temples. Please suggest the guests that they carry a pair of socks to wear inside religious buildings.
 Please advice and ensure that the guests are in long pants or trousers and collar shirts (full or half sleeved) when visiting such places. They need to be in full-length pants and in longer length skirts for women. 
 Please inform the guests that the entry to such places would be denied in cases of guests wearing slippers/flip-flops, T-shirts, shorts and very short skirts. 
 Please ensure that shoulders of the guests are covered when inside religious buildings and suggest formal tops especially for women.

Management, GAB


 

ANNOUNCEMENT
AIT, Topper among all institutes welcomes registration for its 7th batch of Cultural Guides Training. For Detail Contact 17110679, 17880831


 

ANNOUNCEMENT

This is to bring notice to all Tour Guides as the tourist season have started there will be strict inspection at various sites. All tour guides are requested to CARRY and DISPLAY your TOUR LICENSE during your tour. For those who have not collected your license please collect from Guide Association of Bhutan (GAB) office at the earliest.