11th WFTGA Convention 2005 - Melbourne, Austrailia

February 21, 2005 is
International Tourist Guide Day

Dear Colleagues and Tourism Partners, 
February 21st 2005 is INTERNATIONAL TOURIST GUIDE DAY. All WFTGA’s members will offer special events in their region, commemorating the founding of the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations 20 years ago. 

Standing : A. Khalifa, H. Nazeritian, K. Vassiliou, S. Yenen
Seated: R. Newlands, R.Roy, J. Lee

One of the fundemental reasons the WFTGA was founded was to combat unqualified guiding worldwide. The WFTGA was successful in having Amateurguides.com website removed, which were promoting unqualifed guides. However, after discussions with the webmaster and explaining things clearly the webmaster decided to start another website and this time work with the WFTGA. 

WFTGA has just concluded its 11th Convention in Melbourne, Australia. A new Executive Board was elected. The General Assembly voted on the next convention site – it will be Cairo Egypt in 2007! 

The following colleagues will work as the new Executive Board Members: 

Rosalind Newlands Edinburgh, Scotland UK - Vice President
Houri Nazeritian Oshawa, Canada - Secretary
Johnny Lee Hong Kong, China - Treasurer
Aladdin Khalifa Cairo, Egypt - Executive Board Member
Koula Vassiliou Nicosia, Cyprus - Executive Board Member
Serif Yenen Istanbul, Turkey - Executive Board Member

As president, I am delighted as the entire board is composed of people whom. 

I have worked with over the past years. We will put all our efforts into accomplishing quite a bit for you – our members! 

In the coming circular you will hear more about our goals as well as news of the 2005 Convention, the June 2005 Training project in Cyprus, the outlook for the 2007 Cairo convention, and much, much more. 

We are already looking forward to receiving your reports on your activities on February 21st. so that others might study your programs and get new ideas. Your reports will be published on the wftga.org website and our electronic newspaper “Guidelines Internetion@l”. 

Wishing you every success for your very special International Tourist Guide Day activities on February 21, 2005. 

Your old and new WFTGA President,

Ruby Roy 

 Speakers' Notes - 11TH WFTGA CONVENTION 2005 - Melbourne
 Photos from Melbourne Convention

Other news:
11th Convention of WFTGA started today, Jan 30th 2005 in Melbourne Avustralia.

11th Convention of WFTGA started today, Jan 30th 2005 in Melbourne Avustralia. 

The conference will run until Feb 4th. PTGAA, The Professional Tour Guide Association of Avustralia hosts the event held at prominent Carlton Crest Hotel. 

The participants and delegates from over 30 countries will be attending a comprehensive set of workshops and panel sessions, as well as enjoying a fine selection of excursions around Melbourne. 

This is the 11th convention of WFTGA, and the 20th anniversary of its foundation. The theme of the convention is ADAPTING TO TOURISM CHALLENGES-Today, Tomorrow, Together.