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.

Maricar Donato
Maricar Donato Area Rep Coordinator

[email protected]

United States, Washington

+1 202 421-5160

From her early beginnings in the Philippines to establishing her business WashingTours & Events in Washington, DC, Maricar Donato has garnered international experience traveling around the globe from Asia, Europe, Africa, to the Middle East, interacting with representatives of governments and tourism officials. She has been a member of the WFTGA family since her first convention in Montreal in 1997 and has attended 13 Conventions since then. She was recognized as WFTGA’s First Global Brand Ambassador (GBA) in Nov 2017 and continues to serve as an Area Representative Coordinator and International Trainer. Maricar is a catalyst in bringing people of diverse cultural backgrounds and nationalities and build community to make something beautiful together. As a GBA she is proud to represent the WFTGA and help foster a global presence and generate positive collaboration with tourist guides around the world. She was also recognized as one of the Tourism Heroes by the World Tourism Network in 2020. Her passion for travel, culture and technology has shaped her to what she has become today. Her message is simple: Take care of one another.
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.