Convention Requirements

Bidding for 2019

Time to start thinking about it!

The official WFTGA Convention Bid Document for 2019 is now available by clicking on the link below.  Final Bids for the 2019 convention will be presented at the 2017 convention in Tehran.  Bids must be made by a member association of the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations.  Convention and Visitor Bureaux and Tourism Authorities and more than welcome to assist the potential host in bid and proposal presentation.

Please note there are early requirements to meet before offering a bid.  Contact info@wftga.org for more information about bidding.  There will be some adjustments made in the current document below.  Please contact Ruby Roy Vice President-Past President for details to help in pre-planning and preparation of your bids,  Bidders must fully understand each part of the bidding document

You will find helpful tips in the following article written by former WFTGA President Rosalind Newlands.  Dates have been edited for the next bidding conditions.

Bid Document 2019

So why should you consider hosting the WFTGA Convention? I will start by giving you my own experience. In 2000, the Scottish Tourist Guides Association suddenly decided that it might be a good idea encouraged by WFTGA Past President Jane Orde who was herself in poor health but it was her dearest wish that the WFTGA Convention would come to her home country. We formed a committee and decided that we would present our bid at the Convention in Cyprus in 2003. I was privileged to make that bid. 

Our first task was to get the support of our Tourist Board and Convention Bureau. We did that and they agreed to sponsor part of my flight to Cyprus and to provide us with a presentation to take with me. It was my first experience at a WFTGA Convention and I was immediately impressed by the friendship and solidarity from our colleagues from around 40 countries. I had not realised how much we all had in common and how much we could support one another. I nervously made the bid on behalf of Scotland and I was delighted when it was accepted. Then I returned home and the hard work started and slight panic set in. What had we done? Scotland is a very small country with a population of 5.3 million and we only had 300 members. 

• Then we t set about forming a steering committee. This is vital if the Convention is to be a success. You need a group of committed volunteers who are willing to spend a large amount of time organising the Convention. You must have one or two people who will take the lead and make sure everything happens and on time. Who has experience of organising or working for conferences?
• You need to secure sponsorship – this was our hardest task. First of all we approached all those we knew in the industry – the tourist board of course but also the main attractions we work with – we didn’t ask them for cash – we knew we were unlikely to get it. We asked for things – bags from the tourist board; gifts from the retailers; free entry from the attractions; free coaches from our friendly coach companies; hotel to sponsor a coffee break or lunch; museum to sponsor a reception; castle to sponsor the gala dinner; florist to sponsor the flowers etc. Lots of little things. Then we approached our bank and asked them for cash. Once you have some sponsorship it is easier to get the rest. It is a constant task and you must keep at it until you have the amount you need. If you get more then you can add extras for the participants, which will make your Convention memorable.
• Insurance – this is essential in case of cancellation or poor numbers or some other means of protecting your association – in Scotland we formed a separate limited company to organise the Convention. Others have used DMCs who have their own guarantees.
• You need to decide on the hotel - it must have a meeting place for everyone plus breakout rooms for the workshops; office for ExBo; meeting room for delegates etc
• You need to decide on the tours – do you want to organise this yourselves or would you like to consider joining with another association – e.g. our pre tour was in England – organised by the Guild of Registered Tourist Guides and our post tour was in Scotland – organised by ourselves. 
• Are you going to use a DMC? We didn’t – we organised everything ourselves but we have an office that could take the bookings. If you do use a DMC – they work for you not the other way round – do not let them take over. That mistake could cost you money – they will make it and you won’t. 
• Are your members supportive? They may need to be persuaded and gradually as the time gets closer try to get as many as possible involved. We used about 80 volunteers over the week of the Convention. Guides need to meet & greet, man the hospitality desks, give the tours, including any pre and post tours, help with the AV, help the speakers. Give the guide volunteers specific tasks and have a “war plan” to keep everything organised. The guides who give the tours must be your very best – guides are the most critical audience you can have!
• What about speakers – do you have ideas for speakers and workshops. WFTGA will provide one keynote speaker but the host country normally sources the rest.

So why do it – it is a lot of hard work and heartache

• Your association will benefit from the team working and solidarity involved.
• You will gain a huge amount of PR and respect in your own country, with government bodies and industry partners and this will last long after the event if you use it well.
• You will be able to promote your country to tourist guides who in turn will tell their countrymen and women about your wonderful welcome and you may well get more visitors in the long term.
• Your members will know that they have colleagues around the world with the same issues and challenges as themselves and for the first time they can all attend the Convention in their own country

• You will get a great buzz from the event itself. I will never forget 200 hands joined together in the Great Hall of Stirling Castle, singing Auld Land Syne just 18 months after September 11th. Or our colleagues from South Africa singing their own songs – truly the Hands Across the World, which WFTGA epitomises in its logo. 

Preparing your Bid
• In order to bid successfully for the WFTGA Convention you must fully understand the bid document. Please contact us if you are unsure of anything and remember that you must have attended at least one previous Convention prior to making your bid.
• If you are well prepared and have done everything possible to ensure that your bid is ready; if you believe that you can answer all questions about your bid honestly without hesitation or doubt; if you have all the supporting documents in writing then when speaking to other delegates about your bid and why they should come to your region you will be able to answer them with complete confidence and respect. Then your association will have its best chance of winning. 

Deadlines for Hosting the WFTGA 2017 Convention:. 

• Those who are interested in bidding must send the Executive Board, by August 1st 2016, their Intention to Bid in writing – please send by email to info@wftga.org. This shows us that your association is interested and you would like to prepare a bid and proposal. This must be done by filling out the application and sending us the required documents.  Any Intention to Bid received after August 1st will not be accepted. 

• EXBO will inform each bidding country who else is bidding by August 3rd, so that you are all aware which countries you are bidding against. EXBO will also ensure that all bidding countries’ bids are equal and on an even par. Prices will be disclosed to ensure you are able to compete fairly. Each bidding country will receive the same treatment to ensure all have a fair chance at winning

• You must then complete items 10-14 in the Bid Application form and sent it to to us no later than September 1st 2016. Applications received after September 1st will not be accepted.

• You will have until November 1st 2016 to prepare your final bid and written proposal. We will then verify to ensure that your proposal is correct, that nothing is missing, your budget and costing are correct and all the components are there. You may send in your proposal earlier if it is ready and we will look it over together and assist you with the planning. Final Bids received after Novmeber 1st will not be accepted and we cannot offer assistance after that date.

• Once your bid has been accepted you will be permitted to post it on the internet, your website and the WFTGA website . You will then be permitted to make your bid presentation to all the participants at the convention in 2017. Only official Delegates representing their countries and associations will be allowed to vote. Executive Board Members have no vote on future conventions. Bid presentations must be made by a member of the tourist guide association which is a member of WFTGA.

Rosalind Newlands

Past President

World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations

Ruby Roy

Vice President- Past President

World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations

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