National Tour Guide accreditation is now available
Seasoned travellers know that standards in tour guiding can vary widely. Anne Bottomley of Guiding Organisations of Australia (GOA) has kindly let PWF know about the new national tour guide accreditation program just launched by Fran Bailey, Minister for Tourism and Small Business.
Tour guiding can be a demanding job requiring diverse skills and knowledge. Professional guides work with inbound tour groups, visiting business executives & partners, ‘Free Independent Travellers (FITs), in specialist areas such as Adventure Guides or Indigenous Guides and they also work in all facets of the conference industry.
Some typical Tour Guide activities:
Personal requirements are seen as:
The accreditation program is driven by the tourism industry and run by the major tour guiding organisations around Australia:
The new ‘framework’ is suitable for tour guides in all aspects of tourism and aims to encourage ongoing professional development and training, so that all guides deliver the same standard of service. Accreditation is not a requirement for employment as a tour guide, but it certainly establishes an applicant’s professionalism and ‘the right approach’!
For more information, you can contact:
Guiding Organisations Australia
Ph: 1300 558 105