Tour Guide

12/12/2014 Career

One of the easiest modes of entertainment is traveling. Traveling has
become very easy these days. The growth of travel and tourism industry
has opened up many job opportunities. Career as a tour guide is
preferred mostly by young aspirants. The job of a travel/tourist guide
is both remunerative and challenging. An efficient tourist guide can
make any place look beautiful and captivating to the tourists. However
for achieving this, he must uphold the cultural traditions and heritage
of the place, along with social customs and even local legends. A travel
guide must have extensive knowledge of the popular tourist destinations
particularly those associated with art, architecture, and culture.
Possessing a pleasing personality and the ability to entertain tourists
of any age group is always an added advantage for students opting for
tourist guide as a career.

Course Details
Tour guide
training courses are conducted by the Tourism Offices of Government of
India, held in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Kolkata. Only graduates from
any stream are eligible to apply for tour guide courses. After the
completion of the course, the guide is certified and given a license.
Apart from this, Indian Institute of Travel and Tourism Management
(IITTM) also offers short-term courses for graduates. Tourist guide
license is issued both at the state and central level by the Tourism
Department after conducting a test, depending on their needs. Also,
there are Tourism and Travel Administration/Management courses offered
by several institutes.

Career Prospects
One can build a
career as a tourist guide in both public and private sector
organizations. Tour guides can find job opportunities in tourism
departments and tourism directorates of the union and state governments.
They can also work in the private sector with travel agencies and tour
operators. Apart from these professions, good prospects also lie with
airlines, hotels, and transport services. Tour guides can work as travel
journalists, travel writers, and freelance tour guides too. Self
employment is a good option in this sector. Generally, after gaining
adequate experience and recognition in an established travel agency,
agents usually start their own firms.

Top Colleges Offering UG/PG/Other Courses
Tourism
courses are becoming more and more popular day by day. To cope with the
growing demands of tour guides, several institutes are offering
training courses for them. These are the Government of India Tourist
Offices; Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management (IITTM) in
New Delhi, Kolkata, and Gwalior; Kurukshetra University, Haryana; Delhi
University, Delhi; Vikram University, Madhya Pradesh; Sri Venkateswara
University, Tirupati; Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu; SNDT University,
Mumbai; Meghalaya Tourism Department, Shillong; and MS University,
Baroda.

Remuneration
To put it in precise terms, a
tourist guide's profession is endowed with immense potentials. Travel
guiding is a field, where initial struggle does pay rich dividends.
Earnings of tour guides vary depending on skills, abilities,
professionalism, and customer satisfaction. Regional tour guides may
charge anywhere from Rs. 400 and above for an eight hour day. They may
earn between Rs. 30,000 - 40,000, and even more, in the 3-4 months of
tourist peak season.

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