The hotel Sv. Mihovil in Trilj kicked off a training and licensing for cycling guides, as organized by the Tourist Board of Split-Dalmatia County and in cooperation with the Tourist Board and the Cycling Federation Trilj Split-Dalmatia County, reports Dalmacija News. Total Croatia Cycling wrote about the offer last month.
The director of the county Tourist Board, Josko Stella, said that this is a great opportunity for all young people to start their own businesses in tourism while taking home good earnings.
“There is a great need for cycling guides and last year we had so many inquiries that we could not satisfy the market. This season, we had a couple of bike guides from other countries because we did not have enough of our own people. Many people who pass for bike guides have the ability to open their own agencies and can earn good money. In fact, more and more guests come to us with higher purchasing powers who have bikes from 5 to 15 thousand euros, and they would pay a guide up to a thousand euros a week. This is an interesting type of tourism and a great opportunity for young people,” emphasizes Stella.
Last year, 25 cycling guides were trained, and this year around 20 will be educated. All of those who complete the training will become licensed bike guides by the Cycling Association of Croatian.
“It is necessary to know the basic bicycle regulations, court and county. I think it would be a pity if our young people do not do it. It's all part of the project development for cycle routes and cycle tourism in Split-Dalmatia County. By the end of the year, we plan to complete 4.5 kilometers of bicycle paths, we have four maps, with the 5th map out soon - Split East, and a plan will soon be completed for Split West,” concludes Stella.
Trainings will last until Sunday, with the trainings carried out by the Istrian tourism development agency - IRTA that has worked successfully for the last ten years.