Tour guide

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– History:
– In 18th-century Japan, travelers could pay for a tour guide or consult guide books.
– Guide books such as Kaibara Ekkens’ “The Excellent Views of Kyoto” were popular.
– Tour guides were essential for providing information and guidance to travelers.
– The concept of tour guides has been around for centuries in various forms.
– Different cultures have had their unique ways of guiding travelers.

– Description:
– Tour guides play a crucial role in providing information and assistance to visitors.
– They are knowledgeable about the sites they guide visitors through.
– Tour guides facilitate a better understanding and appreciation of the places visited.
– They enhance the overall experience of travelers.
– Tour guides are often experts in history, culture, and local customs.

– Qualifications in Europe:
– The CEN defines a tourist guide as someone who interprets cultural and natural heritage.
– Tour managers supervise itineraries on behalf of tour operators.
– FEG represents tourist guides in Europe.
– Qualifications for tourist guides vary by country in Europe.
– EN15565 is the European Standard for Training and Qualification of Tourist Guides.

– Qualifications in Australia:
– Australian tour guides must have a minimum of Certificate III Guiding.
– They adhere to the Tour Guides Australia Code of Conduct.
– Guides educate visitors on respecting natural and cultural environments.
– Regular training and development are essential for Australian tour guides.
First Aid certification and indemnity insurance may be required for tour guides.

– Qualifications in Japan:
– Japanese tour guides must pass a certification exam by the Japan Tourism Agency.
– Non-licensed guides caught guiding can face fines in Japan.
– Registration with relevant prefectures is mandatory for tour guides in Japan.
– Certification ensures a certain level of knowledge and professionalism.
– The process of becoming a tour guide in Japan involves strict regulations.

Tour guide (Wikipedia)

A tour guide (U.S.) or a tourist guide (European) is a person who provides assistance, and information on cultural, historical and contemporary heritage to people on organized sightseeing and individual clients at educational establishments, religious and historical sites such as; museums, and at various venues of tourist attraction resorts. Tour guides also take clients on outdoor guided trips. These trips include hiking, whitewater rafting, mountaineering, alpine climbing, rock climbing, ski and snowboarding in the backcountry, fishing, and biking.

A tour guide in the United Kingdom
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