A tour guide is a person that guide and assist tourist about the historical sites, natural landscapes and all the places of public attraction. They give the detailed information about that place and tell them the whole story behind the historical places. They answer all of the tourist’s inquisition about that place and its history. A tour guide has to know all about the place that he is going to give information about to the tour group. A tourist also has to have a patient and kind nature and must deal the tourists with good behaviour because nobody would like to have a tour guide on their holiday that would ruin their visit. Detailed knowledge about a place is a very great asset of a tour guide and he must share all of that knowledge to the tour group with patience and kindness.
Qualifications of a tour guide
To be a professional tour guide you need to have the qualifications of a tour guide. A well-qualified tour guide is appreciated and he has all the ethics of a tour guide. Apart from all that we know that different kind of people are there in the world and being a tour guide you have exposure to different people so you must know how to deal with every type of clients so they would be satisfied by your job.
The tour guide job has requires the knowledge of places and that thing can’t be taught all in a school. But following are some of these classes that a tour guide must have certification or skills of when applying for this job
Linguistic class in necessary because you must have the complete command on the local language of that place and also in English so a tour guide is able to explain things about that place better to all types of tourists. If a person doesn’t have proper command over that language then he/she is no good for the job.
If a person wants to be a tour guide then he/she must also have leadership skills. Since the tour guide has to lead all of the group throughout the tour so good leadership skills are preferred.
Team building is also the necessary skill of a tour guide as managing a whole group is not an easy job so with this skill a tour guide can be very good at his/her job.
Public speaking skill is very important in tourism so the guide is able to properly address and communicate with the tourists.
Hospitality is what that attracts people more. A tour guide that is hospitable would be more appreciated and recommended.
Now come the major and the most important thing about a tour guide that is the qualification of that guide. For qualification, many online forums are available to teach people about tour guiding and also some of the certificates are issued to make them properly qualified. The national certificate of Tourism Level 4 and the national certificate of Tourism Level 4 extended program are awarded after necessary qualifications.
Al these qualifications let you be a professional and skilled tour guide.