Tour Guides have an uncanny ability to create enjoyable experiences for the most diverse groups of guests imaginable. Here are five superpowers that elite Tour Guides possess.
Why is it that some of us over pack, while the experienced tour guide/director packs just right? I am learning that it comes down to two things (not including the magic wand): 1) planning, 2) prioritizing.
Here are six important guides who furthered exploration and discovery for the benefit of all travelers.
We are very pleased that ITMI has become an Affiliate member of NFTFA-USA and look forward to sharing information and working together to enhance the guiding profession and experience for the tourists we guide.
Every day is a new adventure, one that requires flexibility and an expansive set of skills. Mastery of the basics only goes so far. Exceptional Tour Guides and Tour Directors wear numerous hats to ensure everybody has a positive experience. Variety makes this job one of the most fulfilling in the world.
I will admit that I used to fear traveling because I preferred the comfort of the familiar. I could easily have made the same mistakes and inadvertently embarked on the path to uglydom. My saving grace was a savvy, adventurous and joyous traveling partner. The lessons I learned from her cannot be understated.
Here are five signs it's time leave your desk behind and enter a world of limitless possibilities as a tour director or tour guide.
It may be a strange place for a Canadian to end up for their winter vacation – well, unless you’re a snow bird that is! Due to North America’s sheer size few locals concentrate on their own backyard and instead dream of exotic lands far, far away. So when some fellow tour director friends of mine decided to fly into Las Vegas and drive to Flagstaff for an adventure, how could I say no?
Ok, so we’re going to a land far far away. There are questions to be answered, reservations to be made, finances to be sorted and tickets to be purchased. There will be lists to be written, things to be purchased, bags to be packed. Of course, my eyes are bugging out, I’m sweating and trembling-its vacation time and I’m out of my element
Becoming a Tour Guide and Traveling for a Living: A day in the life of a tour director or tour guide might sound too good to be true. Visiting exotic locales. Exploring fascinating cultures. Meeting amazing people. That’s not a task list characteristic of a typical day job. The truth is, these components make up only part of what it means to embark on this exciting career path. With the glamour and prestige come dedication and hard work. Still, those who have devoted their lives to this noble profession concur that the rewards are well worth all the effort.
Have you heard the news? ITMI Symposium & Reunion 2017 is coming to Little Rock, Arkansas! We're stoked. You should be, too. Why? Well, first of all, Little Rock is unlike any Symposium location we've visited in the event's amazing 30-year history. Its unique blend of history, culture, philanthropy, activities, and culinary delights make it a perfect place for tour professionals to dialogue about the most important issues facing the travel industry today. There are countless reasons you'll fall in love with Little Rock and the entire state of Arkansas.
While she is on tour I may read a new book, or try cooking a new dish (if it’s successful I’ll make it for her, if it’s not I’ll munch on a Tums and conveniently forget to mention it). If I’m happy and active while she is away, even as I miss her (and I miss her every moment she is gone), I’ll be that much better company when she is at home.
There are a number of very simple methods for building rapport with your groups that show them that you value their lives more than their tips.
The very best tour guides and tour directors possess certain characteristics in abundance. They are what drive them to always improve and never settle for anything less than exceeding their guests’ expectations.
You will encounter several types of upset guests on tour. Some will be sullen and withdrawn. Others will be outspoken and negative. All deserve your attention and respect, and none of them is a lost cause.
It takes a special type of person to be a tour guide or tour director. Skilled, detail oriented, caring ... and perhaps a bit quirky.
There is no single magic formula. Your unique customer demographic should have the biggest impact on the social media you leverage and how.
Every person that 2016 ITMI Symposium and Reunion keynote speaker Sarah Elkins met had one thing in common, one thing that made this group extraordinary: Curiosity. Consistent, deeply optimistic curiosity.
Motorcoach Drivers play a vital role in the overall success of a Group Tour. Their professionalism, attitude, and critical thinking abilities are essential to ensuring that every Tour Guest has an enjoyable experience and feels safe.
Though I have only recently learned the love of travel, as the spouse of an explorer, I have two choices: 1) Support and encourage her wanderlust, or 2) don’t. When it comes to our lives together, I have found that it is much more rewarding to support her wanderlust than to miss the bus.