WFTGA Training 2011

WFTGA  worked in partnership with UNWTO and the Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management (An Organisation of Ministry of Tourism, Government of India) to deliver practical tourist guide training for new guides in Amristar Punjab India in May/June 2011

WFTGA Trainers also ran courses in Armenia, Georgia, Greece, Serbia and Tanzania during 2011.

For information on our training courses available on location worldwide please download our Training Brochures:

 WFTGA Train the Trainer Program in Cyprus 

Posted: 12/01/11

WFTGA Training in Zanzibar

WFTGA Lead International Trainer Mary Kemp Clarke led a Train the Trainer Course for tourist guides from Zanzibar and mainland Tanzania in October 2011.


Posted: 11/30/11

WFTGA Training in Greece

The First WFTGA Train the Trainer course was held in Thessaloniki for members of the PanHellenic Tourist Guides Association in November 2011.

Posted: 11/30/11

WFTGA President Rosalind Newlands and EXBO Member Govind Agrawal visit Macau

  Rosalind Newlands and Govind Agrawal spent three days in Macau on a fact finding mission.  We visited potential hotels and enjoyed fabulous Macanese food and hospitality. The programme will include pre and post tours to Hong Kong and a post tour to mainland China. Full programme and bookings coming soon. For more pictures visit Facebook: World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations.


Posted: 09/09/11

International Tourist Guide Day February 21st... Every year!!!

ITGD in Abu Dhabi

A Must for Local Citizens and Local Tourism and Travel Industry Partners. Get to Know the Professional Tourist Guides and Your Ambassadors to the world!

February 21st. an initiative of WFTGA, the International Tourist Guide Day is held on 21st February each year. In 1990, Mrs. Titina Loizides, president of the WFTGA was involved when it was held for the first time, 15 countries participated. Since then, tourist guides in an ever growing number of countries have been giving help to their local communities, conducting tours for disabled persons, disadvantaged persons, for children, industry partners, officials and the general public. Events are also held for local tourist guides including presentations and retraining courses. It is a public relations event par excellence, drawing the attention of local authorities, fellow citizens and the media to the quality and value of the work of professional tourist guides. Each member country contributes to the success of the day in its own way; coach companies have contributed complimentary coaches, attractions and museums have opened their doors without charge. Each year, awareness grows and there is an increasing contribution by both regional and national governments to the International Tourist Guide Day. The Day is coordinated by the World Federation.

Please send reports on your activities to


International Tourist Guide Day 2009 Cyprus
International Tourist Guide Day 2009 South India
International Tourist Guide Day 2009 Kenya
International Tourist Guide Day 2009 Singapore
International Tourist Guide Day 2009 Scotland UK
International Tourist Guide Day 2009 Uganda
International Tourist Guide Day 2009 United Arab Emirates
International Tourist Guides day Buenos Aires


 International Tourist Guide Day 2007 in the Tyrol (Austria).
 International Tourist Guide Day 2007  in U.A.E
 International Tourist Guide in Salzburg
 International Tourist Guide in Scotland, Edinburgh
 International Tourist Guide Day 2007 in Bali, Indonesia
 International Tourist Guide Day/ Tourist Guides’ Association of Seville 2007
 International Tourist Guide Day / Uganda

Past February 21st activities 2006

Dubai 2006
Hong Kong 2006
Austria 2004
Turkey 2003
Montreal, Canada 2002
Washington, D.C. 2002

Posted: 03/25/11

EN 15565 2008 Standard for the Training and Qualification of Tourist Guides...

WFTGA supports EN15565 2008, Training and Qualification of Tourist Guides in Europe


EN 13809 2003 which became ENISO 18513 2003

was adopted by WFTGA the 10th Convention, Dunblane, Scotland 2003

Tourist Guide:
A person who guides visitors in the language of their choice and interprets the cultural and natural heritage of an area which person normally possesses an area-specific qualification usually issued and/or recognised by the appropriate authority.

This is distinct from a tour manager defined by CEN as follows:

Tour Manager/Tour Director or Escort:
Person who manages an itinerary on behalf of the tour operator ensuring the programme is carried out as described in the tour operator's literature and sold to the traveller/consumer and who gives local practical information. Tour managers may or may not be tourist guides as well. They are not trained or licensed to work in specific areas unless they have the proper requirements or legal right, depending on the region.

Posted: 03/25/11

WFTGA President Visits India

WFTGA President Rosalind Newlands was welcomed to India by P Asoka President of the Tourist Guides Federation of India. Rosalind was interviewed for the Hindu Newspaper while holidaying on board Swan Hellenic's MV Minerva

Posted: 03/21/11

The 14th WFTGA Convention, Tallinn Estonia: Culture as a Unifying Guide

Tallinn Guide Association welcomed more than 200  members from 42 countries to  the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations Convention in 2011 in Tallinn! 

The Convention was supported by UNESCO with the keynote speaker M. Herve Barre from UNESCO HQ. 

Pre and Post Tours took place in South Estonia, Latvia and St Petersburg.


Posted: 02/04/11

WFTGA Hands On Tourist Guiding Course: Brunei

Iris Barry and Mary Kemp Clarke are conducting the first WFTGA training courses in Brunei, sponsored by Brunei Tourism. Training, during November
2008 will include Hands On Tourist Guiding and Train the Trainer.

For more information check the link below

Posted: 11/20/08
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