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A tour guide (U.S.) or a tourist guide (European) is a person who provides assistance, information on cultural, historical and contemporary heritage to people on organized sightseeing and individual clients at educational establishments, religious and historical sites such as; museums, and at various venues of tourist attraction resorts.[1] Tour guides also take clients on outdoor guided trips. These trips include hiking, whitewater rafting, mountaineering, alpine climbing, rock climbing, ski and snowboarding in the backcountry, fishing, and biking.[2]


In Europe, tourist guides are represented by FEG, the European Federation of Tourist Guide Associations. [6] In Europe, the tourist guiding qualification is specific to each country; in some cases the qualification is national, in some cases it is broken up into regions. In all cases it is embedded in the educational and training ethic of that country. EN15565 is a European Standard for the Training and Qualification of Tourist Guides.

In Australia, tour guides are qualified to a minimum of Certificate III Guiding.[7]]. They belong to a couple of organisations, notably the Professional Tour Guide Association of Australia [PTGAA] and Guides of Australia [GOA].

In Japan, tour guides are required to pass a certification exam by the Commissioner of the Japan Tourism Agency and register with the relevant prefectures. Non-licensed guides caught performing guide-interpreter activities can face a fine up to 500,000 Yen[9]

In India it is mandatory to have a license approved by the Ministry of Tourism (India) to work officially as a tourist guide. The government provides the license to regional level tour guide and also runs a Regional Level Guide Training Program (RLGTP). These programs and training sessions are conducted under the guidance of Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management (IITTM) or other government recognized institutes.[10]

In South Africa tourist guides are required to register in terms of the Tourism Act 3, 2014. Training must be done through a trainer accredited by the Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority. [11]

On our adventure tours, experience a region of Oahu away from the hustle, bustle, and crowds, with an intimacy that is only possible when you come fishing, snorkeling, biking, or hiking with us! Discover what awaits you when you let us be your tour guides. We lead you on an adventure to remote places that most visitors never get to enjoy! Great for the entire family!

Instead, use these 10 tips, compiled by Johns Hopkins, Executive Director of Baltimore Heritage, to help you be the best tour guide you can be. (Not a tour guide? These tips can also give you insight into being a good tour goer.)

6. Get help to get organized. Try to get a volunteer to check people in so you can chat with tour goers. People give tours for many reasons, but a big one is to meet new people, and the time before the tour is a great chance to get to know your group.

7. End on time. (Or try very hard to.) Try like crazy to end on time. Nobody wants to feel like they are in tour jail. Tours on paper always seem too short and on the ground are always too long. Two hours is the absolute maximum. An hour to an hour and a half is better.

Tour guides work in the travel industry, giving guided tours to groups of visitors. They are experts on the history of the location they are in, and offer their tour groups interesting or enlightening information about historical sites, museums, scenic locations, nature attractions, and other travel destinations.

Tour guides may give walking tours, bus tours, or even lead river tours on a boat. Often hired by visitors' bureaus or travel companies, tour guides are typically residents of the region in which they give tours.

A tour guide's duties depend on their location and employer. If they are self-employed, they will usually give tours of publicly accessible travel destinations like national parks or nature attractions. Those who are employed by a visitor's bureau or corporation offer tours of cities, industrial locations, or other points of interest. The three main areas of specialization within the guiding industry are historical tour guiding, corporate tour guiding, and nature or eco-tour guiding.

Historical tour guides lead groups of visitors to national monuments, historical sites, historical districts, religious or archaeological sites, and museums. These guides are well-versed in the history of the site or monument. They offer visitors an interesting description of the location, including its history and what effect it has had on modern society. In addition, they answer visitor questions and keep the tour organized, efficient, and safe.

Corporate tour guides are employed by large companies that are usually a well-known corporation or travel destination, though non-profit organizations often require guides as well. They lead groups through factories, describing the manufacturing process or history and mission of the business. Theme parks often employ tour guides who lead visitors on tours of a museum within the park that documents the company's history of accomplishments. Guides may also work in zoos, wildlife refuges, safari parks, or animal reserves, enlightening visitors on animal behaviour and the goals of the company.

Nature tour guides lead groups to natural attractions, national parks, and other outdoor locations where wildlife and scenic locations are the focus of the tour. These guides are experts in the natural sciences and have the ability to engage visitors with their knowledge of biology, geology, and the history of the location. An increasingly popular area of the industry is eco-touring. The goal of the eco-tour guide is to lead a small group of individuals to an often protected but scenic natural area while having little or no impact on the environment. Visitors are offered insight on the environmental impact of human actions as guides attempt to foster a general appreciation of the natural habitat.

Regardless of the specialization of the tour guide, some fundamental responsibilities apply to all positions. Their primary responsibility is to make sure the tour is as safe as possible for the entire group. They will monitor the group's activities to ensure everyone complies with the site's or guide's safety regulations. In some cases, they may have to provide first-aid or emergency services to visitors. Tour guides typically plan itineraries as well. They will research thoroughly prior to giving the tour and be prepared and organized for each step of the process, from greeting visitors upon arrival to arranging transportation between locations. Guides are also required to perform clerical duties, collect fees, and in many cases, promote gift shops and sell souvenirs.

Tour guides work in a variety of environments and conditions. Museum tour guides, for instance, work indoors year-round, while nature tour guides work outside and are subject to the effects of climate and weather conditions. Typically, a tour guide's work week is very structured, though they may work more or less than 40 hours. Since they work within the travel industry, many tour guides lead tours on weekends. Some guides are employed for seasonal and temporary positions, working only during the summer months when tourism is at its peak.

Visitor Center employees have a wide range of duties which include, but are not limited to, serving as campus tour guides as well as student recruiters at university events. Staff members also assist with day-to-day operations at the Visitor Center, including phone and email inquiries, campus visit registration, greeting university guests, and other duties as assigned. Employees of the Visitor Center are committed to representing the compassionate, dedicated, and enthusiastic University of Kentucky community.

Jared serves groups, large and small. Tour Operators keep coming back. Jared makes your planning easy. Start with my comprehensive itinerary ideas. When the tour is done you will hear compliments from your happy passengers. Jared's approach for tour operators.

Rohan loves a good throwback; If you hear some Rihanna playing on campus somewhere, Rohan is definitely there and potentially making a TikTok. Outside of tour guiding, Rohan helps organize events on campus through Pomona's Events Committee (PEC) and as Senior Class President in the ASPC Senate. He is also involved in economics research at the Lowe Institute. When he's not on campus, Rohan is on at a concert vibing, enjoying some great food in K-town, or at a spin class.

Riya can usually be found laying out on Walker Beach with her bike (occasionally doing work). As a native Oregonian, she loves taking advantage of the Southern Californian sun by leading outdoor trips with On the Loose and maximizing the number of beach days each semester. Outside tour guiding she researches with the neuroscience department, is a sponsor for the first-years, perfects Spotify playlists, and does a lot of sudoku.

Liliana (she/her) loves to be seen falling off of her Penny board in front of any busy spot on campus during lunch hour. Besides being a klutz on wheels, she can be seen pretending to work on problem sets at Frary breakfasts or throwing a frisbee with her Ultimate teammates. Her busy weeks consist of holing up in her research lab, working for the Sustainability Office, and helping manage this lovely group of tour guides. In the spirit of her hometown, she always has to exit with a 'Go Gators!'

Outside of tour guiding and packing a lot of napkins from Frary, you can find George listening to techno at 8 a.m. in the morning, organizing events for The Claremont Colleges Hellenic Society, studying diligently for Sagehen Capital Management (an investment club whose returns contribute to the financial aid awards of Pomona students), and mentoring students through the Quantitative Skills Center (QSC) and the Economics Department. George will take any opportunity you give him to hop on the Metrolink for downtown L.A. as he loves L.A.'s joyful vibe, dining scene, and museums. 041b061a72


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