WFTGA News

Seasonal Greetings from the Executive Board of WFTGA

To all our members and friends, to qualified Tourist Guides around the world: the Executive Board of WFTGA wishes Peace and Health, Happiness and Prosperity for the Year 2014!

Posted: 12/21/13

WFTGA Convention 2015: Sponsorship Opportunities

The 16th WFTGA Convention will take place in Prague in January 2015. There are many opportunities for marketing and sponsorship during the Convention. For enquiries please contact Stanislav Voleman, the Convention Coordinator and Host. Click Here For Details of how you can become involved

Posted: 11/23/13

Union of International Associations Survey 2013 Published

WFTGA is a member of the Union of International Associations for details of their latest survey please check

 

http://www.uia.org/publications/meetings-survey/2013

Posted: 11/22/13

Area Representatives Appointed for 2013-2015

All the 2013-2015 Area Representative appointments have been completed.  Most of our Area Representatives have resumed their duties and are already active in promoting the WFTGA aims and goals. Their contribution and volunteer work is much appreciated by the ExBo and all WFTGA Members.    

 

Take a moment to wholeheartly thank them all and wish them all the best with their roles as WFTGA Area Representatives.  Our appreciation especially goes out to Coordinator Maria Aristidou, who spent countless hours communicating with applicants and the Executive Board to organise the process.  Please see the current WFTGA 2013-2015 Area Representatives List below:

 

Linda Humphreys and Harvey Paul Davidson - NORTH AMERICA

Tamara Levinson - SPANISH SPEAKING SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA

Marie Pinho - BRAZIL & PORTUGUESE SPEAKING COUNTRIES

Antonio Aponte - CARIBBEAN

Martina Schümatschek - CENTRAL, NORTHERN & WESTERN EUROPE

Tina Engstrom - NORTHERN & WESTERN EUROPE

Maria Aristidou - SOUTHERN  EUROPE & EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN

Marián Bilačič and Ivana Curuvija - EASTERN EUROPE & BALKANS

Stanislav Voleman - EASTERN EUROPE & CAUCASUS

Gennadiy Chudnovets - SOUTH CENTRAL ASIA & Ukraine

Govind Agrawal - INDIAN & ASIAN SUBCONTINENTS

Kandia Nyoman and Roger Rajah - SOUTH  & EAST ASIA

Walid El Batouty - NORTH AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST

Aladdin Khalifa - NORTH AFRICA 

Daniel Mbevo - CENTRAL & EAST AFRICA

Sam Badoo - WESTERN AFRICA

Fanie Terblanche - SOUTHERN AFRICA

Ellen Bradley and Angela Turek - OCEANIA

Posted: 06/04/13

2013 Conference Delegates create Macau Declaration

A proposal by Member Association Delegates to the 15th WFTGA International Tourist Guide Conference in Macau resulted in the creation of a document to circulate amongst tourist guides, tourism authorities, and those who hire tourist guides.

A Committee of Delegates to the General Assembly drafted the Macau Declaration, which was then agreed by a unanimous vote.   A Macau Declaration Certificate was prepared by WFTGA's former Secretary, Patricia Blain, and the Certificate was placed on the WFTGA Facebook page.  

WFTGA thanks Macau Declaration Committee members Daniel Doughty of Malaysia, Moataz El Sayed of Egypt, Nadia Sabina Mele of Argentina, Sangay Phurba of Bhutan, Houri Nazaretian of Armenia and Govind Agrawal from India for providing this declaration just in time for International Tourist Guides Day!  

Click here to download a copy of the Macau Declaration.  WFTGA members and all who support the ethos and aims of the WFTGA are encouraged to circulate the Certificate.

 

Posted: 02/19/13

WFTGA: Member of UNWTO

The Executive Council of UNWTO agreed at its 90th session in Mombassa, Kenya on 19-21st June 2011  to admit the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations to Affiliate Membership. " It is with great satisfaction that we welcome the World Federation of
Tourist Guide Associations (WFTGA) and all of its employees to the World Tourism Organization. I am pleased to confirm that your entity's application for affiliation to UNWTO has recently been approved by the Executive Council at its 90th session held in Mombasa, Kenya on 19-21 June 2011. For us it is a real honor to count on your entity, its knowledge and potential for collaboration for creating a tourism sector that is more ethical, responsible and able to generate wealth around the world."

Javier Blanco, Director, UNWTO Affiliate Members

WFTGA thereby signs up to the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics:

Posted: 12/07/12

Train the Trainer Course 2012: WFTGA International Training Centre Cyprus

TRAIN THE TRAINER COURSE: WFTGA International Training Centre: Cyprus

The latest WFTGA Train the Trainer Course in Cyprus took place from May 20th 2012 - June 2nd 2012. 

Participants came from Australia, Austria, Cyprus, Greece, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Singapore,Thailand , United Arab Emirates and Ukraine.  Thanks are also due for the generous sponsorship offered by Cyprus Tourism Organisation, AG Levenitis Foundations, Ioannou and Paraskevaides, Cyprus Antiquities Department, Nicosia Municipality.  Other sponsors: CTGA, University of Cyprus, Debenhams. The course was also sponsored by WFTGA. 

Posted: 06/18/12

WFTGA President in Central America

Rosalind Newlands (WFTGA President) visited tourist guides in Central America during a cruise on Cunard ship Queen Victoria. She had a meeting with members of the Costa Rica Tourist Guides Association in Puntarenas and then joined a tour with local guide Davide. Puntarenas (Sandy Point) is a centre for Ecotourism which is very advanced - with 12% of the land of the country part of National Parks. There are 260 species of birds including the rare Scarlet Macau - which Davide managed to point out to us on our Skywalk tour

Posted: 04/23/12

WFTGA HOT Course in Serbia

WFTGA International Lead Trainer Mary Kemp Clarke and WFTGA International Trainer Ivana Curuvija are delivering the first WFTGA HOT Course in Novi Sad Serbia.

Posted: 12/17/11

4th UN Alliance of Civilizations Forum, Doha Qatar: WFTGA President Official Speaker

WFTGA President Rosalind Newlands was an official speaker at the 4th UNAOC Forum in Doha Qatar on Sunday 11th December 2011. Rosalind was part of the official UNWTO Delegation which led a workshop entitled Tourism & Travel: Celbrating Diversiy, Linking Cultures and Promoting Dialogue Between Civilizations.

Rosalind emphasised the importance of Tourist Guides as a bridge between the host country culture and the visitors. The meeting was opened by the UN Secretary General and attended by Heads of States from several countries including Germany, Portugal and Brazil.

Posted: 12/17/11
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