Jane Orde Scholarship

Applications  are now invited for the 18th WFTGA Convention in Tblisi Georgia in January 2019. Applicants must be practising Tourist Guides, who are active in their own tourist guides association and who come  from countries in the World Bank Tiers 3,4 and 5.  The list of eligible countries can be found on the Membership Section of this website. 

The Jane Orde Scholarship was created, by the Androus Foundation, in memory of President Emeritus Jane Orde,  primarily to help tourist guides from countries which are financially challenged and who are therefore unable to attend our conventions.

In 2003 our winners were from the Gambia and Victor Leal from Guatamala, pictured learning to dance and with the other delegates; in 2005, our winners were from Egypt, Jordan and Latvia;  in 2007 our winners were from Mozambique and India; in 2009 our winners were from Malaysia and Thailand; in 2011 our winners were Christina Baumgarten from Brazil, Giorgi Dartsimelia from Georgia, Patricia Oviedo Vela from Perú and Gennadiy Chudnovets from the Ukraine. In 2013 our winners were Nadia Sabina Mele of Argentina and Sangay Phurba of Bhutan pictured with Deborah Androus (President Emeritus). In 2015 our winners were Mxaine Blake (Bahamas), Joan Leacock (Barbados), David J. Apigo (Philippines), Tatyana Bukharina (Ukraine) and Tamara Levinson (Uruguay), pictured with Deborah Androus (President Emeritus) and Felicitas Wressnig (WFTGA President Emeritus).

Jane Orde Application Form 2019

Once again thank you to the Androus Foundation for their continued support. The WFTGA is appreciative of all contributions received.
We look forward to a great response!
Kind Regards,
Alushca Ritchie
WFTGA President

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The WFTGA Cultour Card Partner Programme has received a warm and enthusiastic welcome from tourist guides' partners in the industry e.g. museums, attractions, historic sites. Cultour Card Partners give preferential access to WFTGA members who in return promote the partners' businesses to their visitors.

International Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 garners support from the sector


The United Nations 70th General Assembly has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. In the context of the universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the International Year aims to support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behavior towards a more sustainable tourism sector that contributes to the SDGs.

The Ministry of Tourism of Mexico, the German National Tourism Board, All Nippon Airways, the Global Tourism Economy Research Centre, Macao, China, the Balearic Islands Tourism Agency, Minube, Amadeus, the European Geoparks Network, The Travel Corporation and DDB are among the first sponsors to join UNWTO to support the programme of activities of the Year. The City of Zurich, the University of Crete, CABI and Green Key have also joined as “Friends” of the Year.

“The International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, to be launched in January in Madrid, is a unique opportunity to raise awareness on the contribution of sustainable tourism to development among public and private sector decision-makers and the general public, while mobilizing all stakeholders to work together in making tourism a catalyst for positive change,” said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai.

The year will promote tourism’s role in the following five key areas:

  1. Inclusive and sustainable economic growth
  2. Social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction
  3. Resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change
  4. Cultural values, diversity and heritage
  5. Mutual understanding, peace and security.

A full programme of activities will be unveiled on 18 January on the occasion of the Opening of the International Year.


More information:

International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

Join the Celebrations

Sponsorship opportunities



UNWTO Media Officer Rut Gomez Sobrino
Tel: (+34) 91 567 81 60 / rgomez@unwto.org
UNWTO Communications & Publications Programme
Tel: (+34) 91 567 8100 / Fax: +34 91 567 8218 / comm@UNWTO.org


Posted: 02/27/18

EXBO Communications Corner

One More Person.....One More Thing
The Power of.....YOU!
By Esther Banike, WFTGA Executive Board Vice President
WFTGA's Executive Board sponsor-paid participation at major tourism trade shows provides crucial research for future WFTGA conventions.  At the same time, we are able to connect exhibitors to our members and inform them about the value of qualified professional tourist guides - and sometimes they connect us to new tourist guide associations.  Important, because we are almost always the only tourist guides the exhibitors meet.  A future article will explore the road that leads to these events, but let us use just the "short story" for now.
In early September I traveled to Mexico City's ibtm latin america as a Hosted Buyer and met with numerous Latin American tourism authorities as well as representatives of airlines, hotels, tech products and Tour Operators/DMCs, from places where WFTGA has members or possibility to recruit new ones.
At most non-guide tourism events, EXBO provides the one voice to enlighten others about our Federation, our members, their professionalism, our convention, our Code of Ethics(Surveys show the number one reason people join professional associations is to be connected to a Code of Ethics.) We run into more and more people lately who have heard about WFTGA because one person did "one more thing".
In Mexico City, the hotel seemed to sway while I packed my bags to join a complementary post-tour to Northern Baja California (Mexico, actually) - not an unusual sensation for trade show attendees who have been on-the-go all day.  But when the hotel shook violently and hangars fell from the closet, I knew it was an earthquake! (Sadly, a smaller, but deadlier, Mexico City earthquake happened a week later.)
I promised you the "short story" but must cite how organized and hospitable the Baja folks were in Tijuana, Rosarita Beach and Ensenada.  I had not been to that area of Mexico in decades and marveled at the cutting edge architecture, remarkable new meeting facilities, awesome gastronomy and - at the center of the trip - wine country in the desert.  Wine country?!  EXBO's next convention will be in Georgia, a country synonymous with wine.
Coincidentally, Ensenada's Museo de La Vid y El Vino (Museum of Vine and Wine) begins with a display crowned by the words GEORGIA (pictured above).  This visit was one more opening to talk about WFTGA's 2019 convention in Tbilisi, GEORGIA - the birthplace of wine.
My return flight to Chicago left from San Diego, California USA, a 1-hour shuttle ride along the spectacular Pacific Coast Highway from Ensenada.  However, it can be a 3-hour experience to cross the Mexico/US border! 
I spent a few vacation days in San Diego at a hotel near historic Old San Diego.  Sirens shreeked at 2:00 A.M. on the first night!  Another quake? California is inclined to quake, and I evacuated to the lobby.  False alarm.  Strangely I was the only one to react; other guests asked me sleepily, "What's up," when I passed their doors heading back to my room.  
But while waiting in my pjs for an "all clear" signal in the lobby, I noticed two large screen TVs still running in the restaurant/bar area long after the facilities had closed.  I politely questioned this with the manager the next day and explained that UNWTO had declared 2017 as The Year of Sustainable Tourism and that we all have the power to do "one more thing".  Later I noticed maintenance workers changing the TVs to shut off when the restaurant/bar closes.  The manager will suggest the same for all their hotels.  Imagine how much of Earth's resources this will save -  all from the power of ..."one more person", doing "one more thing".  Please use the Power of...You to be "one more person" doing "one more thing"!
This article is the first in a new series of regular communications from your Executive Board.  We decided to publish these articles under the heading EXBO Communications Corner, though you might find them somewhere other than a corner position on the WFTGA website.  Responses should be posted on the WFTGA Facebook page.  WFTGA retains the right to remove inappropriate material.

WFTGA at ICCA's 2017 Association Meetings Programme in Japan

More than 150 participants (associations, destination authorities and tourism  providers) from over 50 countries attended the 2017 ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association) AMP in Fukuoka, Japan this June.  
WFTGA is a member of ICCA and our Vice President / Acting Secretary Esther Banike was a hosted guest and table discussion leader for the interactive "Slay Your Meetings Dragon" session that examined issues faced by associations, and a second discussion on meetings ethics.  EXBO will examine findings from those meetings and sessions and share them with the hosting committee for our 2019 International Convention in Tblisi, Republic of Georgia and bidders for our future conventions.
Established over 50 years ago, ICCA is the "Go To" organisation for international association meetings solutions, data, technical advice, and networking opportunities.  Over a 1,000 companies and organisations in 100 countries are members of ICCA. 
The ICCA session pictured here (with table host Esther on the right) was entitled "Slay Your Meetings Dragon".  Groups of participants moved between tables at given times, where each table's discussion centered around a meeting problem introduced by the table's host. 
Days for attendees at ICCA's 2017 AMP in Fukuoka Japan were busy with meetings, presentations and workshops, but Japanese culture topped the agenda at night, including one for participants to don Kimonos and eat sushi!

Guidelines Internetion@l November 2017

Newsletter File: 


WFTGA will run TRAIN THE TRAINER and INTERNATIONAL TRAIN THE TRAINER courses from 6th – 18th November 2017, at the WFTGA Cyprus International Training Centre, in collaboration with the University of Cyprus – Centre for Life Long Learning, Assessment and Development (K.EP.E.A.A.).
Cyprus Tourist Guides Association (CTGA) acts as the local organizer.  The Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) supports the WFTGA Cyprus ITC training programme and CTO has been the main sponsor since 2006.  The A. G. Leventis Foundation is also a major sponsor.  Other sponsors that support the WFTGA Cyprus ITC training programme: Cyprus Antiquities Department, Nicosia Municipality, University of Cyprus, WFTGA and Cyprus Tourist Guides Association.
From 2006 through 2016, the WFTGA Cyprus International Training Centre successfully organised 10 training programmes in collaboration with the University of Cyprus.  More than 150 participants have been trained to date. 
Attendees came from all around the globe: Abu Dhabi, Albania, Antigua, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Dubai, Egypt, Ethiopia, Greece, India, Iran, Jamaica, Jordan, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Nepal, Poland, Romania, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Thailand, the Netherlands, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, and Uruguay.
For details of the 2017 courses and an application to join the programme, please read the WFTGA Cyprus Training Brochure 2017. Spaces are limited, and it is recommended that interested individuals download the WFTGA 2017 Cyprus Training Brochure and Registration Form without delay. 
About Cyprus, the training venue Destination
The Republic of Cyprus is an island state in the Eastern Mediterranean, full member of the European Union; also member of the United Nations and the British Commonwealth.
Due to its unique position – serving as a bridge between three continents, Europe, Asia and Africa – Cyprus has developed through the millennia a unique civilization that is reflected throughout its numerous archaeological treasures and historic sites, museums, art galleries, byzantine churches etc. Course participants will have the opportunity to learn more about Cyprus during the practical sessions, which will include city walking and coach tours as well as museum tours, in Nicosia - the capital of Cyprus - and during the visit/tour to Larnaca, one of the coastal towns of the island!
Participants will also have the opportunity to get acquainted with the renowned Cyprus hospitality, the friendliness of the local people and to also taste the delicious local food.
You can learn more about Cyprus and get information about the country by visiting the official portal of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation at http://www.visitcyprus.com. Travel Information for foreign visitors and regulations for Entry into the Republic of Cyprus (including visa regulations) may be found in the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus at http://www.mfa.gov.cy .

The Executive Board of World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations reminds colleagues from all over the world of the Jane Orde Scholarship.

Since the inauguration by Past President Deborah Androus in 2000, this scholarship invites any participant who comes from a country of World Bank Tier 3 or 4 or 5* to join the WFTGA convention; it might be a partial or full scholarship on the admission fee. The application welcomes any WFTGA member tourist guide and/or any qualified tourist guide from non-member countries who would like to join the 17th WFTGA Convention in Tehran, Iran in January 28th – February 1st, 2017.


Please fill in the form, scan and send with equivalent documents to E-mail: info@wftga.org Deadline July 31st, 2016


*check on your country World Bank Tier in www.wftga.org/membership    

Posted: 06/20/16

17th WFTGA Convention: Tehran Iran

The Convention will be organised by the Iran Federation of Tourist Guides Associations (IFTGA). WFTGA Vice President and Past President Ruby Roy visited Iran for ITGD 2015


The pre-tour offers the largest brick dome in the world and the tomb

of legendary Queen Esther and her cousin Mordechai. The post-tour takes us to Shiraz,

the city of nightingales and poetry and the famous excavations of Persepolis. This will be

the first time in Iran for many, to finally see well known treasures in reality, to learn

about one of the oldest cultures too secluded these last decades! It will mean to all of us

astonishment, breaking down walls and prejudices; it will hopefully bring peace to a

territory as tourism should, a country so important for all our early cultural development.

It will truly mean: experience another culture with all five senses!


International Tourist Guide Day with Ruby Roy WFTGA Vice President & Past President


WFTGA EXBO Statement


IFTGA Statement



Dress Code in Iran


Further Information


Latest newsletter for the Convention



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