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A training course is being provided to 200 tour guides to comply with new tour regulations at the Grand Palace, according to a tourism official.
Deputy Director-General of the Tourism Department Anan Wongbenjarat revealed the department and the Bureau of the Royal Household have discussed the new tour regulations for the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The two bodies have resolved to organize training courses to educate tour guides on the regulations. The courses are expected to conclude in December 2016 ahead of implementation in January 2017.
Tour guides who have passed the course will receive a permit issued by the Department of Tourism and the Bureau of the Royal Household, allowing them to work within the palace. A total of 200 tour guides will undergo training to learn about appropriate conduct, dress codes, audioguide usage, and lecture content for the 16 designated stops along the route. A single tour through the Grand Palace will take an estimated 45 minutes.
Visitors to the Grand Palace will be able to book their tours online. The palace will allow a maximum of 2,000 visitors per hour from 8:30am to 3:30pm and no more than 20,000 visitors per day.