Local tour guide "Tour Talker" (투어토커)

Republic of Korea
Implemented by: 
Namhae County Government
Type of Implementer(s): 
Local government
Relevant MIPAA Issues: 
I-1 (Active participation in society and development)
I-2 (Work and the ageing labour force)
I-6 (Eradication of poverty)

Older persons (over 60) who have lived in a certain locality for a long time are hired as tour guides to give information on tourist spots, local restaurants, accommodations, etc, through both on-line and off-line services. The project was first undertaken in 2009 on a trial basis through collaboration between the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Namhae County government with 16 elderly participants, and since then spread to other parts of the country.