Tour guides: privatization and monopolies are eliminating our profession


Also participating in the Oct. 6 demonstration are tour guides who denounce the conditions facing the profession.

Tourist guides will also participate in the large labor demonstration on October 6: the event has been joined by AGTA, the Association of Licensed Tourist Guides, which is protesting the conditions in which the profession finds itself.

“Politics,” explains Isabella Ruggiero, AGTA president, “over the past decades has carried out actions that have mortified skills, worsened professional conditions and diminished job opportunities even in our field. In particular, we licensed guides demand that the government intervene quickly to resolve three issues that are fundamental for us: the progressive privatization of sites; additional services, which in some cases are managed in such a way as to favor the concessionaire and hinder other legitimately operating entities; and the use of volunteers to replace the professionals in charge of illustrating artistic and archaeological heritage.”

“We will be in the streets to see our professionalism, the result of continuous training and updating,” Ruggiero concludes. “We are still waiting for a reorganization law that will put an end to the chaos, of which squatters from all over the world take advantage, with serious damage to state coffers, to the image of our country and to so many young people who have been waiting for years for a call for competition.”

Tour guides: privatization and monopolies are eliminating our profession
Tour guides: privatization and monopolies are eliminating our profession


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