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Tour Guide

Tour guides lead groups of visitors through points of historical, cultural or regional interest. They provide in-depth knowledge about destinations frequented by tourists, vacationers and students.

Career Options

  • •Tour Operators •Travel Agents •Hoteliers •Restaurateurs •Transport Service Providers •Adventure and Leisure Tourism Providers •Heritage Sites and their Conservation •Manufacture and Sale of Handicraft Items •Marketing of Souvenirs

Educational Qualifications

  • •Preferably graduation degree in any discipline, preferably art, archeology, history and culture. •Receiving on-the-job training from travel and tourism companies to learn some basic and advanced skills. •Among suitable certifications for this business are the Certified Tour Professional offered by the National Tour Association and the Sustainable Tourism Eco-certification offered by Sustainable Travel International.

Personal Skills

  • •Being flexible and proactive. •Having good presentation skills. •Being enthusiastic and friendly. •Having good verbal communication skills. •Being able to interact with people from different backgrounds. •Having multiple language skills. •Being able to work with a team. •Having time management skills. •Being able to retain historical facts. •Having excellent knowledge about points of interest of specific cities.

Courses to be pursued

  • •Ministry of Tourism provides licenses to the Regional Level tourist guides and also organizes Regional Level Guide Training Programme (RLGTP). •These programmes are conducted through the Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management (IITTM) or their chapters
  • or other recognized institutes in coordination with the concerned Regional Director and India tourism offices located in that region. •Fluency in English language is a must for those joining guide training course. •Graduates in any discipline from a recognized University OR three year degree holders in tourism/ Hospitality from a recognized University/ Institute OR Diploma in Archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology under the Archaeological Survey of India
  • New Delhi or from any other recognized Institution/ University are eligible for applying to the course. •Preference would be given to candidates having knowledge and fluency in a non-English foreign language. The minimum age for joining the course is 20 years.

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Working Conditions

Tour guides work in a variety of locations, depending on the type of guiding they do. Some may work indoors, giving tours in art galleries, museums or historical buildings. Others may spend most of their time outdoors, leading walking tours of cities, towns and parks, leading bush walks, or conducting visits to outdoor monuments. Most tour guides are on their feet for most of the day, or confined to tour transport that can be cramped. Tour guides frequently do shift work and work in the evenings and on weekends. If they are conducting a travelling tour, they can be away from home for a few days up to a few months. They share accommodation, transport, meals and outings with their tour group, so have very little free time to themselves. On these trips they are generally available at all times to answer questions, provide information and deal with problems.

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