With the name "Get to know Hvar" last weekend, the Tourist Board of the City of Hvar (TZG Hvar) organized a free tour of the town, i.e. a tourist tour with licensed guides for seasonal workers who work during the tourist season on Hvar, i.e. who have found their "temporary home" on Hvar.
Although until now some tourist boards have organized tourist tours for local residents and renters, this is (at least not known to me) the first time that a tourist board has organized a tourist tour aimed at seasonal workers.
Hosts, local residents as well as seasonal workers are in direct contact with guests and must know key information about the destination. They must know where they are, history and cultural heritage, especially on Hvar where cultural tourism is one of the main identities, and what to recommend to guests in the destination.
Let's not forget how they are in direct contact with guests.
As local residents and hosts, we are the best ambassadors of our destination, we are the narrators of the story. If we don't respect ourselves, how will others respect us?
We must be proud of our history, identity, way of life and culture. And as the definition itself says: tourists are temporary guests in our home.
Everything starts from the local community. Ourselves. As we communicate and behave, our guests will also fit into our way of life and culture. As in the example of the family. If the father throws trash on the floor while walking, the child will do the same. Just turn the story around and think about your travels to another country. What did you research before the trip? What were your motives for traveling? How did you behave in the destination? What did they ask the guides, hosts and local residents?