He said tour guides can continue to hold licenses that indicate their seniority and experience.
‘’The ministry has agreed the tour guides can use the original licenses. If there are changes, the ministry will look at the licenses,’’ said an association executive.
The association and the ministry have been meeting since Friday about changing the format of the license to include the region where the guide operates.
They will cooperate to check unlicensed tour guides and operators in an effort to enforce standards in the industry.
However, travel agents said some tour guides with specific language skills are needed to serve certain tourists.
The ministry has issued licenses to about 10,000 tour guides across the country.