Ōmi Tourism Board (OTB) manages the tourism resources of Ōmi, the area east of Lake Biwa. We provide tourism information in English on our Visit Ōmi website and develop tours for overseas visitors to Ōmi.
Tourism contributes significantly to the social and monetary economy of the region. But in order to achieve this, we need people who are knowledgeable about the tourism resources of the region, and who can introduce them to visitors in English.
Consequently, we developed the OTB Concierge Program as a means of recruiting and training people who want to work with OTB in our tourism promotion efforts, as content creators and guides. The first step in the program is the Ōmi Tourism Concierge Examination. This is a test with 100 questions. It’s for anyone who wants to learn about the tourism resources of Ōmi – historical, natural, architectural, and culinary.
Most of the answers can be found at www.Visit-Omi.com. You can use the search function to find the relevant articles. It’s best to read the articles through and enjoy learning rather than scanning the articles for the answers. In order to learn about Ōmi thoroughly, it’s best to approach the questions in a block of ten or so a day. Of course, it’s even better if you visit the relevant places yourself to gain first-hand knowledge and experience.
If you get 80% or more of the answers correct, you’ll receive a certificate of completion from the Ōmi Tourism Board. After that, we’ll consider what role you’d like to play in promoting local tourism.
You can access the examination here.