Global Brand Ambassador

The WFTGA President selects a Global Brand Ambassador at their discretion. This position is allocated to persons who have demonstrated an unwavering dedication to the WFTGA institution over a number of years and continues to work as a member of the team in promoting the brand WFTGA. They are individuals who speak to the ethos and integrity of the WFTGA continuously giving their support and dedication. We thank them for their continuous contributions.

Esther Banike Global Brand Ambassador
Member of Chicago Tour-Guide Professionals Association (CTPA) As a former award-winning sales agent for the largest airline in the free world, Esther was drawn to the tourism industry when that historical airline folded. She earned her Certified Tour Guide pin after training with the Chicago Tour-Guide Professionals Association and soon became an “A-lister” as a guide and event overseer with local, national and international Tour Operators and DMCs. Throughout her many years in travel/tourism business Esther has worked as an independently employed Tourist Guide, Tour Director, Tour Manager, Event Planner, and eventually learned to do just about anything one might encounter in the tourism and MICE industries. She has also written for several travel related publications and presented seminars on world cultures and traditions. While proud of her professional accomplishments, Esther is most gratified to be known for her unbiased life of service to those around her. She has served behind the scenes as well as visibly throughout her time in this industry: 12 years as CTPA Education and Program Director and as VP for four years. A founder, VP and President of National Federation of Tourist Guide Associations – USA. Delegate to the 2007 and 2011 WFTGA conventions. WFTGA ExBo from 2011 -2019, including terms as Executive Secretary and VP. At the mandatory end of eight years on WFTGA’s ExBo, Esther earned a new title in 2019…WFTGA Global Brand Ambassador and cheerfully continues her legacy of volunteer service to our Federation.
Walid El Batouty