Tour Guide

Introduction

Tour guide is basically related to the tourism industries. It is one of the responsible and adventure jobs of the world.

Ones, who wish to earn and want to see the various countries of the world in his or her life,

Ones, who are ok with the continuous travelling around the world,

Ones, who have the curiosity to know about the historical places and the different cultures of the world,

And ones, who have the leadership quality as the additional skill,

If so, this is a perfect career for you. You can do the job as a tour guide and explore the skills through this field and get the smart earning. Your career will start after the completion of your plus two examinations.

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“A tour guide leads the visitors and the group to carry out the all information about the location where they wish to visit and satisfy the customers in order to their queries”.

Scope of the Tour Guide

There is vast scope in the profession of tour guide. The scope of the tour guide is increasing day by day as the numbers of tourist places are increasing. As we all know, in today’s world, everyone wants to travel the world tour or interested to know the all places in the world. So, it is best opportunities for those who want to travel the whole world with some good earnings.  It’s a wide area for doing the job. In this field you can earn good salary while traveling the world.

Courses & Duration

To become a tour guide you should have some of the basic requirements like:

  • Good customer service skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Time management skills
  • Research skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Safety training

All of these skills can be gained through the courses especially designed for the career in tourism. If you have completed your plus two examinations and wish to build the career in this field, you may go for the further certificate, diploma and degree course in tourism and hospitality.

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There are three types of courses:

Certificate courses with the duration of six month to 1 year after 12th:

  • Certified Training Professional (CTP)
  • Travel and Tourism Professional (TTP)

Diploma courses with the duration of 1 – 2 years after 12th:

  • 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

Degree courses with the duration of 3 years after 12th:

  • BA in history
  • BA in archeology
  • BA in arts
  • B.Sc in geology
  • BBA in management
  • BA in tourism
  • BA in hospitality

Eligibility & Admission

Students have to complete their 10+2 education with minimum 50% marks. There is no maximum age limit to apply for this course.

Tourism Offices of Government of India, are located in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai & Kolkata conducts a tour guide training programme. Students who have completed their graduation can apply for this course.

Apart from this, IITTM (Indian Institute of Tourism & Travel Management) also imparts short term courses.

Ministry of Tourism provides license to the tourist guides & also organizes Regional Level Tourist Guide Training Programmes.

Many private/public colleges also offer direct admission into tour guide programme in various disciplines.

Requirements

There is no set requirement for tour guide, but some basics that you should know to become a professional tour guide. You must have the knowledge of English and have some general knowledge. You may know the presentation skills or how to deal with the public. You should be frank nature and be polite in talking while communicating with visitors. It is good for you if you know some other languages which are famous such as French, German, Spanish, Japanese & Chinese.

Career & Jobs

Tour Guide career is the growing field which offers good opportunities in the field of tour-packages, tour operations, sight-seeing, etc.

The growth of travel and tourism industry has opened up lots of job opportunities not only in India but also in abroad.

It is necessary to have the training on safety and swimming to become a tour guide and if you have the training on disaster management, it will be beneficial for you. The career or job of a tour guide is very adventurous. He has to go in rain, forest, water sport and sea sport.

A tour guide gets the opportunity to see the world. It is a job with no time limit. You have to work for a long 12 hours in a day and may be that on the next day you will be free.

It is a good career industry but very competitive. New York City, Los Angeles, Paris, London, Berlin, Rome, Sydney, Cairo, Florence, Melbourne, Cape Town and Moscow are some of the country where the heavy demand of tour guides.

After completing the courses, you can build a career as a tourist guide in both private & public sector organizations.

You can also work in tourism departments and tourism directorates of the union and state governments.

With the experience of tour guide you can also work as a tour operator, as a regional tour supervisor and manager.

Job Roles:

  • Tour Operators for Tours &  Travels Company
  • Outbound Tour Executive
  • Tour Consultant
  • Travel Consultant
  • Hoteliers
  • Restaurateurs
  • Freelance Tour Manager/Tour Guide
  • Executive-Inbound Tour
  • Tour Operations Manager
  • Tourism Officer
  • Travel Agents

Salary

There is a smart earning in the UK and above said country as a tour guide. In all Europe you can earn more than 1 lakh in a month. If you are in the USA you can also earn between the 1-2 lakh.

There is a big crisis about the salary of a tour guide in India. The salaries are very low for a tour guide in India. If you are working hard, you may expect tip by the foreigners to meet the good ends.

Books for Tour Guide

  • UGC NET/SET: Tourism-Administration and Management by RPH Editorial Board
  • Tourism Supply Chain Management (Advances in Tourism) by Haiyan Song
  • Tourism Marketing by Manjula Chaudhary
  • IITM Tourism Travel Entrance Exam by CBH Editorial
  • Tourism Management: An Introduction by Stephen J. Page
  • Fundamentals of Travel and Tourism by Arpita Mathur

If you have any query about Tour Guide, you can ask your query below.

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  1. Rubina banikar says:

    Hey i am doing my b.com and i m interested in tourism so what are the courses available and which are the institutes for this courses, please suggest me

  2. Bhavika says:

    hi can you just send me the name of abroad college as i want go there for futher study n want be a tourist guide in foriegn l

  3. Mansi rawat says:

    Hii I m in class twelfth and I m interested in becoming a tour guide after 12 class and I m from commerce stream so plz give some advices about this field I mean what to do after 12th to become a tour guide 😇😇

  4. Altamash Orooj says:

    Sir can i apply for tour guide training program coducted by indian goverment after bsc hons…??

  5. Moreen says:

    Hi,have been selected to pursue diploma in tour guiding..my question is ..where can I be employed after graduation

  6. Manoharan says:

    Information shown here is really helped me. What is the time to apply for the course.

  7. Krutikesh Shendge says:

    I have interested in tourism career ,after 12 th I can career in tourism ,i know information about in pune colleges

  8. Ashish says:

    Hi, i want to be a tourist guide but i am not able to obtain information about the examination of tour guide so please tell from which site i can obtain exact information about the tourguide exam . It will be very kind of you .

  9. esha says:

    Hey…I’m in+2 grade…n I want to do your n Tavel course but I’m from Medical field too….is it good for me???

  10. Kowsalya says:

    Traveling and tourism it is best course ? Or not

  11. nihal Verma says:

    I want be a best tourist guide . It’s my dream. I want to see the world.but I don’t know ‘what will I do for this.’
    Means what is ability for a guide to be.

    Please tell me
    How can I become a tourist guide?

    Is English compulsory in this field???

  12. janvi sawant says:

    Dear Sir/Ma’am,
    myself janvi sawant
    I want to know about the tour guider courses as well as i m working and studying in (SYBA) 14th Arts.
    Kindly you guys suggest me….

    Regards,
    janvi sawant

    • Mohit Negi says:

      you can pursue short term courses in these fields. The Ministry of Tourism also offers these courses to the youth of the country.

  13. Kamal Mehta says:

    Sir I want to do traveling diploma course but I don’t know how to apply and where . . .sir could you plz give information about how to get admission and how much fee.

    • Mohit Negi says:

      There are many short term diploma courses are offered in this field. The colleges offering these courses are listed below:
      University of Delhi New Delhi
      Kurukshetra University Haryana
      Agra University Agra
      Banaras Hindu University Varanasi
      Bangalore University
      University of Madras Chennai
      University of Calcutta Kolkata
      University of Pune Pune
      Himachal University

    • Vaibhav Navalkar says:

      Sir I want to do traveling diploma course but I don’t know how to apply and where . . .sir could you plz give information about how to get admission and how much fee.

  14. simran khan says:

    I love to do any course related travelling. ..
    I m a b.com student
    But i interested in travelling.
    So pls suggest me any course of travel which is job oriented. .

  15. Billa.Himabindu says:

    Dear sir,
    I have completed P.G diploma in Hotel management and tourism after graduation. Currently iam working in a hotel as a Front office executive. I like to travel to various places. Except airhostess, what kind of job is suitable for me in tourism. Please tell me. Can I apply for tour guide job??

  16. Dheeraj mishra says:

    Respected sir
    Please provide me about the information for admission in degree course after 12

  17. shilpa says:

    hello i am housewife.i want to do online work from home in tours and travel industry.pls advice..what i can do?thanks

  18. Tanu says:

    Hi,

    I am unable to get any info for regional tour guide training programme 2017. Please let me know where can I look for more info in case I want to enroll this year itself.

    TIA

  19. vishal says:

    Respected Sir,
    What should I have to do to enter in this course of Tour guide to get succedd plze reply me
    Thank you

  20. vinod singh roopwal says:

    my elig.BA2ndyr persuing and wants adventurous life so which course is better for me .

  21. muba says:

    I want a good course and i am passed +2
    I am totally confused about the courses so old help me

  22. gaurav says:

    Dear Sir
    My eligibility 12th please confirmation mail tour guide diploma documents required

    Thanks for regards
    Gaurav

  23. sandeep gehlot says:

    i like tourism industry

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