Tour Guides are responsible for helping people to visit unfamiliar areas. They usually make special trips with groups of tourists in order to show them important places of cities.
Their work is very useful for visitors who are for the first time in some areas, because these professionals are very knowledgeable and provide valuable information to people.
Employers of Tour Guides
- Travel agencies
- Tourist attraction centers
- undertaking pre-holiday research
- making arrangements for catering, accommodation, transport and excursions
- inspecting hotel safety and cleanliness
- offering sightseeing advice
- organizing and leading excursions
- problem solving
- translating and interpreting
- preparing reports
A degree is not required for entry into this profession. Among basic qualifications for these jobs are training programs and internships related to this area.
People working on this area usually receive on-the-job training from their employers in order to learn some basic and advanced skills. Work with the general public, or experience gained within the hotel, tourism or travel trades is usually beneficial.
- Being flexible and proactive.
- Having good presentation skills.
- Being enthusiastic and friendly.
- Having good verbal communication skills.
- Being able to interact with people from different backgrounds.
- Having multiple language skills.
- Being able to work with a team.
- Having time management skills.
- Being able to retain historical facts.
- Having excellent knowledge about points of interest of specific cities.
- Foreign language skills are essential. Familiarity and knowledge of key holiday destinations, first aid skills and a driving licence can also be useful.