Training for tour guides to protect themselves against smugglers was proposed last night. Tourism industry legislator Howard Young Hau-wah, who has campaigned for Au's release, said he could have avoided the trouble with more experience and training in the field. Any money left from the $500,000 raised for Au's legal fees could be used to establish courses. Travel agents and tour guides supported the proposal, but one industry figure questioned whether there was the determination to see it through. Au, in his first week as a tour guide, had been 'enthusiastic' and taken the group together through a customs queue, Mr Young said. 'Had he had more experience on the job four years ago, he would not have been so enthusiastic,' said Mr Young. He said tourists should be made to go through customs checks individually and take responsibility for their own bags. Mr Young said the breakthrough came at an important time for the industry which had begun to lose confidence in the Philippines because of the risks. Tour guides had been asking what guarantees existed to ensure they would not suffer the same fate as Au. Mr Young visited the tour guide in jail just two weeks ago with a message from the Philippine President's Office urging the judiciary to act with speed. Executive director of the Hong Kong Hotels Association Manuel Woo said it would not cost too much to provide extra education for operators to guard against being taken advantage of by unscrupulous tourists. 'I support the good suggestion that tour operators should be given education taking these two people as an example not to fall into that trap in the future,' said Mr Woo. Hong Kong Association of Travel Agents vice-chairman Bill Newport said: 'These are great ideas but how do we make them work?' He said the industry had the resources to support it but the problem of protecting individual guides arose when 'the first chance comes for somebody to make a buck'.