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Members of the Local Police in Mijas have attended this Tuesday the 15th, a training day to stop the false tourist guides, that is, those who are not officially authorized to perform this work. The Provincial Delegation for Tourism of the Junta de Andalucía (Regional Government of Andalusia) has been responsible for offering this course, after the meeting held in mid-September between the delegate of Tourism, Nuria Rodríguez, and the councillor for Tourism, José Carlos Martín (C’s), who showed his concern about the increase in Mijas Pueblo of non-accredited tourist guides to explain our cultural heritage. “It is very important that this activity is carried out by professionals in the field so that tourists can be offered the best information about us and the quality of our destination is not harmed. Today we want to show the police offi cers those requirements that must be met by tourist guides and which are included in Decree 8/2015”, said the Tourism Delegate.

This training activity has been directed especially at the Local Police teams that patrol in the area of Mijas Village. In this regard, mayor of Mijas Josele González (PSOE), also present at the course, recalled that “these groups are made up of four police offi cers who, obviously, rotate throughout the week”, and that in addition to them, “ other agents for the administrative part have also attended this course, as well as some colleagues from the Tourist Office, who should be aware of this information”. During the day different contents have been announced on this matter, including the obligations of a tour guide. In addition to carrying their offi cial credentials in a visible place, these informants cannot take groups of more than 30 people, they must have a complaint and claim sheets and must never intervene in the commercial actions of tourists to consume in certain establishments. “It is diffi cult for a police officer to prove that this is being done, but it is worth noting that they must warn or inform the tourist guides that they cannot do this”, insisted Rafael Salas, head of the Service of the Provincial Delegation of Tourism and speaker at the course.

 

Source: Mijas Semanal