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Riga City Council Binding Regulation On the Provision of Tourist Guide Services in the City of Riga

Translated from the Latvian language.
Published on 20 December 2013, No 250 (5056)
LATVIJAS VĒSTNESIS

Riga City Council Binding Regulation No 91 
Riga, 17 December 2013 (Minutes No 19, paragraph 35)

On the Provision of Tourist Guide Services in the City of Riga

Issued according to Section 151, Paragraphs two and three of the Tourism Law,
Section 14, Paragraph 21 and
Section 15, Paragraph six of the Law on the Free Provision of Services

I. General provisions

1. This Binding Regulation lays down the following:

1.1. tourist attractions and venues of interest located in the public open space of the administrative territory of the city of Riga, which may be presented by tourist guides who have proved their professional qualification (hereinafter referred to as “Riga tourist guides”);

1.2. requirements as to the professional qualification of Riga tourist guides;

1.3. the procedure for certifying Riga tourist guides and the competent certification authority;

1.4. the procedure for supplying services by Riga tourist guides;

1.5. the procedure for supervising and controlling the professional activity of tourist guides.

2. Tourist attractions and venues of interest located in the public open space of the administrative territory of the city of Riga, which may be presented by Riga tourist guides (hereinafter referred to as “Riga tourist sites”), are listed in Annex 1 hereto.

3. Riga tourist guides shall be certified by the Riga Tourist Guide Certification Commission, set up by the foundation Riga Tourism Development Bureau (Rīgas Tūrisma attīstības birojs) (hereinafter referred to as the “Riga Tourism Development Bureau”).

4. A Riga tourist guide certificate is a standard document issued according to the procedure set forth herein (see Annex 2 hereto), attesting to the professional qualification of the holder thereof and granting the right to provide information about Riga tourist sites.

5. A tourist guide, who provides tourist guide services in any member country of the European Union and the European Economic Area and meets the requirements of the national legislation governing tourist guide services, may provide temporary tourist guide services under the Law on the Free Provision of Services and supply information about Riga tourist sites without proving the tourist guide’s professional qualification according to the procedure set forth herein and without obtaining a Riga tourist guide certificate.

6. A Riga tourist guide referred to in Paragraph 5 hereof shall submit a standard notice of the provision of temporary tourist services in Riga (see Annex 3 hereto) to the Riga Tourism Development Bureau or via the official Riga tourism website (http://www.liveriga.com) before the provision of such temporary services commences.

 

II. Requirements as to the professional qualification of Riga tourist guides

7. The professional qualification of a Riga tourist guide shall be attested by at least one of the following categories of documents:

7.1. a document evidencing that an accredited higher education programme awarding the tourist guide qualification has been completed;

7.2. a document evidencing that an accredited higher education programme has been completed as well as a document confirming at least three years of experience as a tourist guide (e.g., a respective reference issued by a tour operator or travel agent);

7.3. a document evidencing that an accredited higher education programme has been completed as well as a document confirming that the applicant has completed a licensed professional advancement programme for tourist guides;

7.4. a document evidencing that an accredited higher education programme has been completed as well as a document confirming that the applicant has attended a course of at least 120 academic hours on the provision of tourist guide services;

7.5. a secondary education certificate, a document confirming at least ten-year experience as a tourist guide as well as a document confirming that the applicant has attended a course of at least 120 academic hours on the provision of tourist guide services.

8. Apart from the documents listed in Paragraph 7 hereof, a Riga tourist guide qualification shall be supported by language proficiency to be able to provide tourist guide services according to the required standard:

8.1. a document certifying proficiency in the state language (1st degree of Level C) if such a certificate is necessary pursuant to the procedure laid down by the laws governing the utilisation of the state language;

8.2. a document confirming proficiency in the foreign language of the tourist guide services to be provided of at least medium level (e.g., the following documents confirming that the examination in the respective foreign language has been passed: English – TOEFL, IELTS, FCE, French – DELF, DALF, TEF, German – DSD, DSH, KDS, Spanish – DELE, Italian – CILS, CELI, as well as other documents certifying proficiency in any foreign language or education acquired in a foreign language).

9. To obtain a Riga tourist guide certificate, the following documents shall be submitted by the applicant to the Riga Tourism Development Bureau:

9.1. an application containing the following information:

9.1.1. the applicant’s name, surname and personal ID code;

9.1.2. the declared place of residence and contact information;

9.1.3. the language (languages) of the tourist guide services to be provided;

9.1.4. the applicant’s status to provide the tourist guide services (self-employed, sole trader, employee, etc.), attaching the document evidencing this status to the application;

9.2. (Stricken from the record as per Riga City Council's binding requirements No. 174, dated 03.11.2015);

9.3. a curriculum vitae;

9.4. copies of the documents confirming the professional qualification and skills as well as language proficiency pursuant to Paragraphs 7 and 8 hereof;

9.5. copies of other documents attesting to the professional activity, professional advancement and experience of the tourist guide (e.g., a recommendation issued by an industry association).

10. If the documents referred to in Paragraph 9 hereof are submitted to the Riga Tourism Development Bureau electronically, these documents shall be prepared according to the laws and regulations concerning electronic documents.

11. When submitting the documents referred to in Paragraph 9 hereof, the applicant shall cover all expenses related to the consideration of these documents as well as the preparation and issue of the Riga tourist guide certificate, based on the price list approved by the Riga City Council.

III. Procedure for certifying Riga tourist guides

12. To assess the documents filed by the applicant and decide whether to grant the Riga tourist guide certificate, the Board of the Riga Tourism Development Bureau shall set up the Riga Tourist Guide Certification Commission (hereinafter referred to as the “Commission”), consisting of seven members. The Commission shall be composed of representatives of the Riga Municipality, industry associations, tour operators, and the Riga Tourism Development Bureau.

13. The Regulation of the Commission shall be approved by the Board of the Riga Tourism Development Bureau. Technical support shall be provided to the Commission by the Riga Tourism Development Bureau.

14. The Commission shall be quorate if at least four members of the Commission are present at the meeting. Minutes shall be taken of all the Commission’s meetings.

15. Decisions shall be adopted by open ballot. Decisions shall be taken by a simple majority. If votes are divided equally, the chairperson of the Commission shall have the decisive vote.

16. In performing its duties, the Commission may invite experts, demand that the applicants specify or supplement their documents as well as invite them to take part in the Commission’s meeting.

17. The Commission shall decide on the issue or refusal to issue a Riga tourist guide certificate within one month from the date when the documents referred to in Paragraph 9 hereof are submitted to the Riga Tourism Development Bureau, notifying the applicant of the decision taken in writing.

18. The Commission may refuse to issue a Riga tourist guide certificate if any of the following occurs:

18.1. the applicant has failed to submit all the documents referred to in Paragraph 9 hereof;

18.2. the applicant does not conform with any requirement specified in Paragraphs 7 and 8 hereof;

18.3. the applicant has provided false information;

18.4. the applicant has not covered the expenses listed in Paragraph 11 hereof.

19. Any actual action and initial administrative act issued by the Commission may be contested to the executive director of the city of Riga. The decisions taken by the executive director of the city of Riga on the actual action and the administrative act may be appealed to the Administrative Region Court.

20. A Riga tourist guide certificate grants the right to provide information about Riga tourist sites within three years from the date of issue. The period of validity shall be specified in the Riga tourist guide certificate.

21. The Riga Tourism Development Bureau shall maintain the Register of Riga Tourist Guides containing the following information:

21.1. the name and surname of the tourist guide;

21.2. the language (languages) of the tourist guide services provided;

21.3. the number and period of validity of the tourist guide certificate;

21.4. information about the decisions adopted by the Commission with respect to the tourist guide;

21.5. information about any breach of this Binding Regulation by the tourist guide;

21.6. information about the tourist guides referred to in Paragraph 5 hereof based on the information specified in the notice.

 

IV. Procedure for supplying services by Riga tourist guides

22. Information about Riga tourist sites may be only provided by Riga tourist guides.

23. Information about Riga tourist guides and their services shall be placed on the official Riga tourism website (http://liveriga.com/en/6925).

24. Each Riga tourist guide shall be issued a flag of the city of Riga and a standard identity card (see Annex 4 hereto) to inform the recipient of tourist guide services about the supplier of the service and attest to the quality of the service provided.

25. While carrying out their professional activity, Riga tourist guides shall use both the flag of the city of Riga and the identity card, positioning them in such a manner that they are clearly visible to the recipient of the service.

26. Riga tourist guides shall have the following responsibilities:

26.1. to supply comprehensive and accurate information about the tourist attractions and venues of interest of Riga;

26.2. to rely on the materials formulated by the Riga Tourism Development Bureau whenever possible, to supply information about Riga tourist sites;

26.3. to supply information about Riga tourist sites in the language (languages) indicated when submitting the documents to obtain a Riga tourist guide certificate;

26.4. to popularise Riga as well as Latvia and the Baltic region by his/ her activity;

26.5. to be respectful of tourists, their religious views and traditions;

26.6. not to smoke or drink alcohol as well as to comply with other general ethical and moral standards in performing his/ her professional duties;

26.7. to refresh and expand his/ her knowledge about Riga tourist sites as well as improve the professional competence and skills of a tourist guide, which shall be at least 20 academic hours per annum.

 

V. Extension and renewal of a Riga tourist guide certificate

27. To extend the validity of the Riga tourist guide certificate, the Riga tourist guide shall file an application for extension of the Riga tourist guide certificate to the Riga Tourism Development Bureau at least one month before the expiration date of the certificate. After the period of validity of the certificate has expired, the applicant shall lodge an application for renewal of the Riga tourist guide certificate. The application shall be accompanied by the documents attesting that the tourist guide’s knowledge, professional qualification and skills have been improved according to the requirements of Sub-paragraphs 26.7 or 30.1 hereof.

28. When submitting the documents referred to in Paragraph 27 hereof, the applicant shall cover all expenses related to the consideration of these documents as well as the extension and renewal of the Riga tourist guide certificate, based on the price list approved by the Riga City Council.

29. The Commission shall extend the validity of the Riga tourist guide certificate for three years if:

29.1. the Riga tourist guide has submitted the documents referred to in Paragraph 27 hereof and copies of the documents evidencing the improvement of the professional competence and skills specified in Sub-paragraph 29.2 or 29.3 hereof;

29.2. the Riga tourist guide has obtained his/ her first Riga tourist guide certificate, having provided the documents listed in Sub-paragraphs 7.2 or 7.4 hereof to attest his/ her professional qualification, has improved his/ her professional competence and skills by at least completing a licensed professional advancement programme for tourist guides;

29.3. the Riga tourist guide has obtained his/ her first Riga tourist guide certificate, having provided the documents listed in Sub-paragraph 7.5 hereof to attest his/ her professional qualification, has completed an accredited higher education programme or is attending such a programme at the time when the certificate is extended for the first time, and has improved his/ her professional competence and skills by at least completing a licensed professional advancement programme for tourist guides. The requirement regarding licensed professional advancement programmes for tourist guides shall not apply to Riga tourist guides who have completed an accredited higher education programme awarding the tourist guide qualification;

29.4. during the last year the Riga tourist guide has not committed any breach of the regulation on the provision of services that would be inconsistent with the professional activity and professional ethics of the tourist guide;

29.5. the Riga tourist guide has paid the expenses listed in Paragraph 28 hereof.

30. The Commission shall renew the validity of the Riga tourist guide certificate for three years if:

30.1. the applicant has submitted the documents referred to in Paragraph 27 hereof as well as copies of the documents evidencing that the applicant’s knowledge of Riga tourist sites has been expanded and the professional competence and skills of the tourist guide have been improved through the acquisition of at least 60 academic hours of additional education within the last three years;

30.2. the applicant has submitted copies of the documents confirming that the requirements of Sub-paragraphs 29.2, 29.3, and 29.5 hereof are met.

31. If a Riga tourist guide wishes to add a language for tourist guide services to be provided, the respective languages shall be indicated in the application for extension or renewal of the Riga tourist guide certificate, and the application shall be accompanied by copies of the documents evidencing the relevant language proficiency.

32. The validity of a Riga tourist guide certificate shall be extended from the date that the previous certificate expires. If the previous certificate has expired before the Commission adopts an extension decision, the Riga tourist guide certificate shall be renewed from the date that the Commission adopts a decision to renew the Riga tourist guide certificate.

33. The number of the certificate shall not be changed when extending or renewing the Riga tourist guide certificate. If such a necessity arises, the Riga Tourism Development Bureau may issue a new flag of the city of Riga and a new identity card.

 

VI. Supervision and control procedure

34. Compliance with this Binding Regulation shall be controlled by the Riga Municipal Police according to the Police Law.

35. Any persons having breached the regulation on the provision of services shall be held accountable according to law.

36. If the Riga Municipal Police adopts a decision related to an administrative offence case involving non-compliance with this Regulation, the decision to apply an administrative penalty shall be communicated to the Riga Tourism Development Bureau within three working days.

37. The Riga Municipal Police may suggest that the Commission should annul a Riga tourist guide certificate.

38. The Commission may annul the Riga tourist guide certificate if any of the following occurs:

38.1. an administrative penalty has been imposed on the Riga tourist guide for a breach of the regulation on the provision of services and the Riga tourist guide fails to comply with the Riga tourist guide’s duties hereunder repeatedly or commits other violations that are inconsistent with the professional activity of the tourist guide;

38.2. the controlling authorities have reported gross or repeated violations related to consumer protection;

38.3. the applicant has intentionally supplied false information to obtain, extend or renew the Riga tourist guide certificate.

39. The Commission shall consider all applications regarding the activities of tourist guides and, if necessary, communicate the facts stated therein and alleged violations to the Riga Municipal Police.

 

VII. Closing provisions

40. To repeal Riga City Council Binding Regulation No 66 of 12 November 2013 “On the Provision of Tourist Guide services in the City of Riga”.

41. This Binding Regulation enters into force on 1 January 2014, while Paragraphs 2 and 22 of this Regulation take effect on 1 April 2014.

Chairman of the Riga City Council N.Ušakovs

 

Annex 1 to 
Riga City Council Binding Regulation No 91
of 17 December 2013

Tourist attractions and venues of interest located in the public open space of the administrative territory of the city of Riga, which may be presented by tourist guides who have proved their professional qualification

No

Name

Description of the boundaries of the territory*

1.

Historic centre of Riga

Hanzas iela, Strēlnieku iela, Emiļa Melngaiļa iela, Krišjāņa Valdemāra iela, Šarlotes iela, Palīdzības iela, Aristida Briāna iela, Tallinas iela, Aleksandra Čaka iela, Matīsa iela, Avotu iela, Lāčplēša iela, Ernesta Birznieka-Upīša iela, Elizabetes iela, Satekles iela, Marijas iela, Gogoļa iela, Turgeņeva iela, Krasta iela, 11.novembra krastmala, Muitas iela, Citadeles iela, Kronvalda bulvāris, City Channel, the territory adjacent to Eksporta iela in the eastern part of Andrejosta, Eksporta iela

2.

Historic district of Ķīpsala

Loču iela and its extension towards Daugava and Zunds, Zunds embankment, the extension of Kaiju iela as far as Zvejnieku iela, Zvejnieku iela/Ķīpsalas iela, Krišjāņa Valdemāra iela, Balasta dambis to the extension of Loču iela

3.

Mežaparks

Varoņu iela (Gustava Zemgala gatve) from the crossing with Meža prospekts, Viestura prospekts, excluding the buildings on the right side of Viestura prospekts, the southwestern boundary of the Lādes iela/Lēdurgas iela district, the southeastern, southern and eastern boundary of the district of Mores iela and Mežnoras iela/Zušu iela as far as the shore of Ķīšezers, the western shore of Ķīšezers as far as the extension of Sudrabu Edžus iela, Sudrabu Edžus iela, Kokneses prospekts, Glika iela, Klaipēdas iela, Stendera iela, Visbijas prospekts, Inčukalna iela, Meža prospekts

4.

Brethren Cemetery

The central gate of the memorial ensemble of the Brethren Cemetery at the crossing of Aizsaules iela and Varoņu iela, ~700 metres down Varoņu iela, turning to the right from Varoņu iela – a path (the boundary of the land plot) leading along the Meža Cemetery to Aizsaules iela, Aizsaules iela, the central gate of the memorial ensemble of the Brethren Cemetery

5.

Ziemeļblāzma Culture Centre and the park ensemble

Augusta Dombrovska iela from the crossing with Martas Rinkas iela, Kāvu iela, Ziemeļblāzmas iela, Kalngales iela, including the land plot in the northern part of the crossing of these streets, Pauguru iela, Baltāsbaznīcas iela, Vecāķu prospekts, the crossing of Vecāķu prospects and Sniedzes iela, the western boundary of the Sniedzes iela district along Ziemeļblāzma park, the extension of Martas Rinkas iela as far as Augusta Dombrovska iela

6.

Kalnciema quarter

Kalnciema iela from Baložu iela to Melnsila iela, including the properties at Kalnciema iela 35 and 37 and Melnsila iela 13 and 15, and public territories of the yards of the properties adjacent to this section of the street

* The territory covers the full width of streets that mark the boundaries or relevant sections of these streets, unless otherwise provided by the description.

Chairman of the Riga City Council N.Ušakovs

 

Annex 2 to 
Riga City Council Binding Regulation No 91
of 17 December 2013

Sample Riga tourist guide certificate

Certification authority’s logo

Authority’s name, registration number, address

Riga Tourist Guide Certificate

No _______ (number of the Certificate)

________________________________________
(name, surname)

________________________________________
personal ID code

________________________________________
(languages of the service)

Certificate issued on ____ ___________________ ________

Certificate valid until   ____ ___________________ ________

This Riga Tourist Guide Certificate has been issued according to Riga City Council Binding Regulation No 91 of 17 December 2013 “On the Provision of Tourist Guide Services in the City of Riga”. This Certificate attests to the professional qualification of the holder, granting the holder the right to provide information about Riga tourist sites.

 ________________________________
(Name, surname and signature of the Chairperson of the Commission)          /seal/

Chairman of the Riga City Council N.Ušakovs

 

Annex 3 to 
Riga City Council Binding Regulation No 91
of 17 December 2013

Notice of the provision of temporary tourist services in Riga

1. This Notice is (please mark an X in the appropriate box)

first-time    repeated  

2. Information about the supplier of a temporary service:

2.1. Name, surname

 

2.2. Personal ID code or identification number

 

2.3. Country of establishment

 

2.4. Approval or registration number in the country of residence

 

2.5. Address in the country of residence

 

2.6. E-mail address

 

2.7. Telephone number

 

3. Period or date when the service is to be provided in the territory of the Republic of Latvia

 

4. I hereby certify that this information is true.

Date* __________ _________________________________ (Name, surname, signature*)

 

To be completed by the official of the Riga Tourism Development Bureau

5. Date of registration of the Notice ______________________

6. Official of the Riga Tourism Development Bureau
_________________ (Name, surname, signature*)

* The details “signature” and “date” need not be completed if the electronic document is prepared according to the laws and regulations concerning electronic documents.

Chairman of the Riga City Council N.Ušakovs

 

Annex 4 to 
Riga City Council Binding Regulation No 91
of 17 December 2013

Sample Riga tourist guide identity card

Front

Tourist guide’s photograph

Riga tourist guide

Certification authority’s logo

Name, surname

Certificate number

The Certificate is valid from DD/MM/YYYY to DD/MM/YYYY.

Languages of the service

 

Tourist guide’s signature

 

Note. The identity card shall be made of a material allowing its long-term usage.

Back

The holder of this identity card is entitled to provide Riga tourist guide services according to Riga City Council Binding Regulation No 91 of 17 December 2013 “On the Provision of Tourist Guide Services in the City of Riga”.

 

________________________
(Name, surname and signature of the Chairperson of the Commission)        /seal/

If you have found this identity card, please call (+371) 67181091

Chairman of the Riga City Council N.Ušakovs

 

Explanatory memorandum 
to Riga City Council Binding Regulation No 91 of 17 December 2013 “On the Provision of Tourist Guide Services in the City of Riga”

1. Summary of the Binding Regulation

According to Section 151, Paragraphs one and two of the Tourism Law, a municipality may, in the public open space of its administrative territory, determine tourist attractions and venues of interest included in tourist routes (historic centres, historic and cultural sites, places associated with famous personalities, etc.), which may be presented by a tourist guide who has proved its professional qualification. The municipality may set requirements as to the professional qualification of tourist guides, determine the procedure for certifying tourist guides, providing tourist guide services and implementing the supervision and control function with respect to their professional activity as well as appoint the authority to certify tourist guides and define tourist attractions and venues of interest located in the public open space, which may be presented by tourist guides who have proved their professional qualification.

Pursuant to Section 14, Paragraph 21 and Section 15, Paragraph six of the Law on the Free Provision of Services, the council of a municipality may issue binding regulations laying down the procedure for granting permits to provide a specific service in public places and define the procedure for providing a specific service and a specific temporary service in public spaces.

This Binding Regulation lays down the following:

1) tourist attractions and venues of interest located in the public open space of the administrative territory of the city of Riga, which may be presented by tourist guides who have proved their professional qualification (hereinafter referred to as “Riga tourist guides”);

2) requirements as to the professional qualifications of Riga tourist guides;

3) the procedure for certifying Riga tourist guides and the competent certification authority;

4) the procedure for supplying services by Riga tourist guides;

5) the procedure for supervising and controlling the professional activity of tourist guides.

The tourist attractions and venues of interest located in the public open space of the administrative territory of the city of Riga, which may be presented by tourist guides who have proved their professional qualification (hereinafter referred to as “Riga tourist sites”) are determined in the Binding Regulation due to the necessity to ensure the supply of accurate and comprehensive information about the cultural heritage of Riga – historic buildings, streets, fields, parks, bodies of water and other places of interest. These Riga tourist sites include the historic centre of Riga, the historic district of Ķīpsala, Kalnciema quarter, and other Riga tourist sites listed in Annex 1 to the Binding Regulation.

The Binding Regulation lays down the requirements for Riga tourist guides to prove their professional qualification, referring to certain educational programmes, language proficiency, professional qualification and advancement. The requirements as to the confirmation of professional qualification of Riga tourist guides have been adopted in view of the fact that there has been no unified regulation of the tourist guide profession since 2010 (Cabinet Regulation No 943 of 20 November 2008 “The Procedure for Certifying Tourist Guides and Providing Tourist Guide Services” ceased to be in effect on 17 February 2010). The general conditions for tourist guides listed in the classification of occupations have been taken into account in defining the qualification requirements for Riga tourist guides. It has been also considered that so far the interpretation of tourist sites has been provided by individuals having different professional qualifications and experience, and the development of targeted educational programmes has not been promoted due to the lack of a specific regulatory framework. To avoid any excessive restriction­­ of the rights to provide tourist guide services for individuals who have years of experience working as tourist guides, having reached an expert level, the Binding Regulation provides for a sufficiently wide scope to prove the professional qualification for the purposes of the initial certification of Riga tourist guides. Meanwhile, to obtain any subsequent certifications, a tourist guide has to improve his/ her professional competence and skills on an ongoing basis.

According to the Binding Regulation, Riga tourist guides will be certified by the Riga Tourist Guide Certification Commission set up by the foundation Riga Tourism Development Bureau (Rīgas Tūrisma attīstības birojs) (hereinafter referred to as the “Riga Tourism Development Bureau”). This Commission will assess the documents attesting to the professional qualification of applicants and decide whether to issue or refuse to issue Riga tourist guide certificates. A Riga tourist guide certificate grants the right to provide information about Riga tourist sites within three years from the date of issue. Moreover, the Binding Regulation deals with the extension and renewal of Riga tourist guide certificates as well as defines the procedure for rendering Riga tourist guide services and controlling compliance therewith.

2. Rationale for the Binding Regulation

Considering that Riga will become the European Capital of Culture in 2014, it is necessary to organise the activities of tourist guides in Riga. At present, tourist guide services can be supplied by any person regardless of his/ her education, professional qualification or knowledge. So far, there have been frequent occasions when local tourist guides have supplied misleading information about cultural sites and historic buildings. This situation can no longer be allowed. It is unacceptable that wrong or inaccurate information is provided about Riga’s historic and cultural sites, places associated with famous personalities, historic buildings or other venues of interest. It must be ensured that information concerning Riga tourist sites is supplied by individuals that possess the relevant professional qualifications and adequate knowledge and improve their knowledge and professional skills on a regular basis.

Qualification and certification requirements for tourist guides have been adopted by many European countries. For instance, any individual may be allowed to work as a tourist guide in Lithuania if s/he has higher education and completed the six-month training course for tourist guides and submitted an application for the guide licence to the National Tourism Department; in the Czech Republic, tourist guides are subject to licensing, and tourist guide training may be supplied by schools accredited by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports; in the UK, tourist guide certification and training are provided by the Institute of Tourist Guiding and other authorities accredited by this institute.

3. Information about the impact on the municipal budget

The Binding Regulation will not create any extra expenditures for the municipal budget. The required financing will be obtained from the fee to be charged for the issue of Riga tourist guide certificates.

4. Information about the impact on the business environment in the municipality’s territory

The Binding Regulation will have a positive impact on the business environment owing to the well-organised activities of tourist guides in Riga.

5. Information about the impact on administrative procedures

Compliance will be ensured by the Riga Tourism Development Bureau based on the Binding Regulation and the agreement on the delegation of the administration authority as well as by the Riga Tourist Guide Certification Commission set up by the Board of the Riga Tourism Development Bureau. This Commission will be composed of representatives of the Riga Municipality, industry associations, tour operators, and the Riga Tourism Development Bureau.

6. Information about consultations with private individuals

Industry associations (The Latvian Tourist Guides Association, The Association of Latvian Professional Guides, and The Baltic Guide Guild) have been consulted and involved in the formulation of the Binding Regulation.

    Chairman of the Riga City Council N.Ušakovs