Travelling is loved by all and some they take extreme steps and make a career in it. We all like visiting various places of historical importance or ancient value but very people known about that particular visit. Many monuments and ancient buildings have historical stories behind it. We might wonder why a specific statue is built in a certain manner or keep figuring out why an ancient temple is built in a unique way. All these questions visit our minds while we are on tour to a place. In such scenario, we need somebody who knows the whereabouts of that entity.
Who is a Tourist Guide?
A Tourist guide is a person who guides visitors in the language of their choice and interprets the cultural and natural heritage and the particular area which normally possesses and has a specific qualification and such events that known as Tours are organized by companies and they hence send guides to tell those more about the place in detail. They are usually issued or recognized by the authority and government.
Types of Tourist Guide
Freelance Tourist Guides: Freelancers aren’t associated with any organization or company. They work randomly and according to the visitors.
Staff Tourist Guides: They are permanently connected with a travel agency or any company or with the government and are on the monthly payroll.
Local Tourist Guide: A local tourist guide is a person competent enough to guide through the local areas he or she stays in. As the person is well versed about the place, he can guide it in a proper manner.
Job Nature of a Tourist Guide
A tourist guide needs a lot of traveling and talking and hence he should be physically as well was mentally strong. A tourist guide needs to have a friendly nature towards other people while communicating. A tour guide is always considered responsible first by himself and then the people around and hence should be agile enough to pay attention to almost all.
Patience is the virtue in such jobs as you have to deal with different types of people and of different genres. Time management is the key and should know how to work accordingly and in the assigned time.
Being a tour guide includes a lot of talking and explaining and sometimes it gets tiring and hence a proper homework should be done before taking any group for the sightseeing.
A Tour guide can always note down important observations which can be studied upon later and shared to the people in the tour. This will help in updating the knowledge of the person and improve too.
Also, tour guides must be able to retain historical facts, dates, and narratives, and then relay that information to visitors in an entertaining and in an informative way.
Qualifications required for a Tourist Guide
There are various diploma and certificate courses these days which offer a degree in Tourism and guidance. Some of them include:
Foundation in Travel and Tourism Diploma
Hospitality Management Diploma
Hospitality Services Diploma
Managing the Travel Business Diploma
Revenue Accounting and Control Diploma
Travel and Tourism Consultant Diploma
Travel Sales and Operations Diploma
Certified Training Professional (CTP)
Travel and Tourism Professional (TTP)
Some of the Degree Courses that can be opted after the completion of standard 12th
BA in history
BA in archeology
BA in arts
B.Sc. in geology
BBA in management
BA in tourism
BA in hospitality