Tour guides on Georgia island might need to take test | savannahnow.com

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Jun

Tour guides on Georgia island might need to take test | savannahnow.com

JEKYLL ISLAND — The Jekyll Island Authority wants to make sure private tour operators are knowledgeable about the island’s history and plans to do so with an ordinance regulating tours.

The ordinance has not been adopted and will be available for public comment during its second reading at the Jekyll Island Authority’s next board meeting, which is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Monday.

If adopted, the ordinance would mandate that private tour operators pass a written and oral test and require information disseminated by tour guides to be approved by the authority executive director, currently Jones Hooks, “to ensure accuracy and uniformity of content.”

It’s not about controlling content, said John Hunter, director of historical resources for the authority that operates the state park. It’s about providing consistency.

“Because we do not regulate activities currently, we do not know if the information is accurate or not,” Hunter said. “Our goal is to provide resources for people providing tours that is up to date from a research perspective so they can feel comfortable with the information they are sharing with guests.”

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