Skills Set – Certificate 111 in Tour Guiding Holmesglen Institute

 

Holmesglen Institute will again be conducting this popular course at their City Campus.

The course will start on 11July and run until 7September. It will be held on Tuesday & Thursday evenings (5.30 to 9.30) and two Saturdays.

This skills set will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to facilitate local and regional tours while awarding you nationally accredited units of competency.

Whilst updating your knowledge of Melbourne and Victoria, you will learn how to effectively manage and entertain a tour group and provide them with first rate commentary.

The program will be delivered at our city campus on St Kilda Road, (opposite the Shrine of Remembrance). There will be a number of off-campus activities including two full day excursion to ensure you get the hands on experience required to be industry ready. The skill set is taught by leading well-connected tour guiding professionals who are currently working in the industry.

For course detail: Contact 9564 1699

http://www.holmesglen.edu.au/courses/hospitality_tourism_and_events/travel_and_tourism/certificate_iii_in_guiding2


PTGAA Learning Day 21st April

Our first 2017 Learning Day is shaping up to be a corker so lock in Friday 21st April now. The day will run from 9:30 am until 3pm and will be held at the Royal Historical Society of Victoria’s HQ at 239 A’Beckett St, Melbourne.

The program includes

  • Fiona Sweetman, Founder and CEO of the very successful Hidden Secrets Tours, will talk about the structure of the Tourism Industry and how jobs for guides come about. Fiona will also cover how to improve your marketing.
  • Travellers Aid will be telling us all about their long-standing organisation – one of Melbourne’s little known resources which can be the ace up every tour guide’s sleeve.
  • Metro Rail will be outlining the work over the next 9 years in central Melbourne as they start to tunnel under Melbourne to create our next underground rail service. The logistics of this huge project are fascinating and the work will impact on tour guiding in Melbourne for many years.
  • Also an update on all things to do with membership of PTGAA.

And don’t forget that the RHSV’s exhibition Remembering the ‘Burbs: 1850-1960 will be available for you to check out during the lunch hour or after the Learning Day.

Cost which includes lunch and morning tea:

Members $35

Non-members $45.

To RSVP please email our Professional Development Officer, Bronwyn Wilson on pdofficer@ptgaa.com.au

And transfer your payment to the PTGAA bank account:

Bank Account Details:

Westpac

BSB                 033086

Account No     152048

 


Skills Set – Certificate 111 in Tour Guiding- Holmesglen

Holmesglen Institute will again be conducting this popular course at their City Campus.

The course will start on 18 July and run until 14 September. It will be held on Tuesday & Thursday evenings (5.30 to 9.30) and two Saturdays.

This skills set will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to facilitate local and regional tours while awarding you nationally accredited units of competency.

Whilst updating your knowledge of Melbourne and Victoria, you will learn how to effectively manage and entertain a tour group and provide them with first rate commentary.

The program will be delivered at our city campus on St Kilda Road, (opposite the Shrine of Remembrance). There will be a number of off-campus activities including two full day excursion to ensure you get the hands on experience required to be industry ready. The skill set is taught by leading well-connected tour guiding professionals who are currently working in the industry.

For course detail: Contact 9564 1699

http://www.holmesglen.edu.au/courses/hospitality_tourism_and_events/travel_and_tourism/certificate_iii_in_guiding2


Melbourne Launches World-Class Free Wi-Fi Network

From today, visitors can use the VicFreeWiFi service within all Melbourne CBD train stations, the Bourke St Mall, Queen Victoria Market, and South Wharf Promenade at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

More access points will be switched on over the coming months, with the full network to be up and running by the end of the year.

A free Wi-Fi pilot has been running successfully in Bendigo and Ballarat since December 2015 and has recorded one million sessions in the two regional cities during the nine months it’s been operational.

Access will be available for up to 250 MB per device, per day – and does not require personal logins or feature pop-up advertising.

The quality of the network is unparalleled in Australia  and on par with world-class free public Wi-Fi networks in New York, London and San Francisco.

An interactive map of the active access points available for public use is at vic.gov.au/wifi.


Great Ocean Road – Parks Victoria update

The recent weather and high rainfall has resulted in the closure of some visitor areas, tracks and campgrounds in parks across the State’s North and West for visitor safety.

Only a small number of parks are completely closed. Most parks across the state remain open, however some tracks, campgrounds, lookouts and access roads may be closed.

Please check for parks affected by flooding here; http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/about-us/news/parks-affected-by-flooding. Information is listed on individual park pages. Use the “Find” navigation button in the top menu bar to search for your nearest park.

The Great Ocean Road remains closed between Cumberland River and Wye River until further notice due to severe structural damage to the roadway, which may fall away under vehicle load.

The section of the Great Ocean Road between Wye River and Skenes Creek is now open to traffic with vehicle restrictions (please find the attached maps).

The road remains closed between Wye River and Separation Creek, due to major landslide issues at Paddy’s Path.  For the latest information on road closures, visit traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au.

 

 

 

 


Annual General Meeting- PTGAA

The Annual General Meeting of the Professional Tour Guide Association of Australia will be held on Wednesday 21st September, 6.00pm to 8.00pm at Royal Society, 8 Latrobe Street, Melbourne.

Guest speaker will be Mr Paul Little AO, vice chair of Visit Victoria- members and visitors welcome to attend

RSVP , by 14th September to Marion Brauer, secretary@ptgaa.org.au


Invitation to the Melbourne Tourism Exchange

All PTGAA members are invited to the Melbourne Tourism Exchange .Learn about new attractions, tour operators, hotels, retailers and much more. This is a free event.

The PTGAA will again have a stand at this event.

This is a unique opportunity for you to engage with the industry partners, ask questions and learn more about their product.   

Don’t miss out on this yearly opportunity. Enjoy the new venue, entertainment, refreshments and the complimentary river cruise transfer from Federation Square.

 Date:     Tuesday 6 September

Time:     Various sessions from 10.30am to 4pm

Meet:     Munich Brauhaus, 45 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf

RSVP:    via Destination Melbourne Friday 1 September.

Also,  can you please advise Bronwyn Wilson that you have registered for this event , artscape@ssc.net.au

 


Notice of Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the PTGAA will be held on Wednesday 21st September, 6.00pm to 8.00pm at Royal Society, 8 Latrobe Street, Melbourne.

Guest speaker will be Mr Paul Little AO, vice chair of Visit Victoria- members and visitors welcome to attend

RSVP , by 14th September to Marion Brauer, secretary@ptgaa.org.au


Melbourne Open House weekend 30/31 July

A great opportunity to visit many iconic Melbourne buildings .More detail

http://www.openhousemelbourne.org

A feature is the Melbourne Town Hall and the Melbourne Town Hall Organ.

There will be recitals throughout the day on Sunday only.

Repertoire is incredibly diverse including Johann Sebastian Bach, Wagner, Gershwin, a variety of Australian music written for organ and a selection of television themes (Fawlty Towers, IMT, Neighbours) in celebration of the sixtieth anniversary of Australian television.

 

 

 


New Federal Minister for Tourism

The new appointment as Federal Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment is the Hon Steven Ciobo.

Mr Ciobo made the following comments in regard to his Tourism portfolio.

“I will be an unwavering advocate for the tourism industry around the Cabinet table. The Government will further improve Australia’s competitive advantage in tourism, building on our achievements of the past three years.

We will seek to capture a greater share of the Chinese market, including by designating 2017 as the Australia-China Year of Tourism.”

The opposition spokesman for Tourism is Mr Anthony Albanese.

The PTGAA through GOA will promote the role of Professional Guides as an important contributor to the Tourism industry.


Holmesglen Tour Guiding Course- commencing July 19

This skill set program will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to facilitate local and regional tours while giving you nationally accredited units of competency.

Whilst updating your knowledge of Melbourne and Victoria, you will learn how to effectively manage and entertain a tour group and provide them with first-rate commentary.

The program will be delivered at the Holmesglen city campus on St Kilda Road, (opposite the Shrine of Remembrance). There will be a number of off-campus activities including a full day excursion to ensure you get the hands on experience required to be industry ready. The skill set is taught by leading well-connected tour guiding professionals who are currently working in the industry.

The first half of the Certificate III of Tour Guiding will be delivered from July 19 to Sept 22 (10 weeks).  The class is held on TUE & THU evenings from 5.30 – 9.30 pm.  The second half of the Certificate will be delivered from October 4 to Nov 17 (7 weeks).  Part of this course will be taught at night and also you will go on an extended tour for 3 days.  However, at the moment you will only be able to sign up for the first half of the course.  For further information & to register your interest in enrolling in the course go to the Holmesglen website (www.holmesglen.edu.au) and search for Guiding or click on this link:  www.holmesglen.edu.au/courses/hospitality_tourism_and_events/travel_and_tourism/certificate_iii_in_guiding

For further questions pls email joy.vandoske@gmail.com or Nicolas.Bottiglieri@holmesglen.edu.au.


Learning /Discovery Day 29th April

PTGAA Learning Discovery Day

Friday 29th April

9.30 to 3.00pm

 Royal Historical Society Auditorium

239 A’Beckett St Melbourne

Planned Agenda:

Updates on Tourism Industry Plans

Presentations and discussion on issues affecting guides

  • Status and Taxation implications for guides.
  • Safety on buses and legal responsibilities for guides, drivers and operators.

Time for networking ,questions, ideas and discussion.

Membership information available.

Intending members and people who are interested in a guiding career are encouraged to attend.

Lunch and morning tea provided.

Cost $20 for members, $30 for non members.

Payment to BSB 033 086 Account number 152048

PTGAA-Learning-Discovery-Day-29-April-agenda

RSVP: pdofficer@ptgaa.com.au

 


POTENTIAL EASTER TRAVEL DISRUPTION

From Tuesday, 22 March 2016, members of The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) who are employees of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, including The Australian Border Force have been asked to participate in protected industrial action at Australian International Airports and cruise ship terminals disrupting the Easter travel plans of thousands of travellers across Australia.

While the likely level of participation is unknown, travellers are warned to expect massive delays with customs and immigration and are advised to arrive at international airports and cruise ship terminals early.

The Department is working closely with stakeholders to minimise the impact on the travelling public, cargo and mail operations and is ensuring appropriate contingencies are in place for visa and citizenship services.

Please click here http://www.border.gov.au/News/Pages/travellers-clients.aspx for more detailed information about the strike.


Alert -Problem with Find a Guide Contact

PTGAA is currently experiencing a problem with the Contact functionality in the Find a Guide Section

Although it appears the message has been sent to the recipient in some cases it is not being sent/received.

We are currently working to solve the problem.

In the meantime if you wish to contact a guide or have recently sent a message and had no response , please let us know through the Contact Section of the PTGAA homepage.

We will advise again as soon as problem is fixed.

 


Tour Guiding Course Holmesglen Institute February

TOUR GUIDING COURSE
9 Feb – 14 April 2016
Holmesglen Institute, City Campus

Melbourne has been rated the world’s most liveable city for five years in a row and with its famous laneways and coffee culture it continues to be an aspirational destination for tourists from around the world. Tourism remains one of the most important industries in our state’s economy and continues to grow.

Read more…


2016 Membership Renewals

A reminder that all 2106 memberships are due by 31st December 2015.
Membership enquiries to Membership Officer: Anne Miller
anne.ej.miller@bigpond.com

 

 

 

 

 


PTGAA Christmas Function 9th December

LAST CHANCE TO BOOK.

We must finalize numbers by Wednesday 2nd December. Read more…


PD Session GOA Accreditation & Insurance Matters

The PTGAA committee has been working hard to create the best possible accreditation and personal financial protection options for our members.  The much awaited Guiding Organisations Australia Accreditation is now available directly through the PTGAA.

Come to the PD Session on Monday 9th November at the Royal Historical Society.  (0930-1530 hours).  Cost Members $20.00 & Non-Members $30.00 per person & includes lunch, morning & afternoon tea.

Bookings Essential contact Bronwyn Wilson artscape@ssc.net.au

Read more…


Holmesglen Local and Regional Touring Course

Holmesglen is offering a short course for people wanting the knowledge and skills required to facilitate local and regional tours while earning credit for six of the twelve nationally accredited units of competencies for the Certificate III of Tour Guiding. It will run on Tuesdays’ and Thursdays’ evenings (5.30 – 9.30 pm) from Oct 27 to Dec. 15 (8 wks).

Read more…


PD Day Yarra Valley – Tuesday 13 October, 2015

PTGAA Professional Development Day

Kangaroos at Healesville Sanctuary

Kangaroos at Healesville Sanctuary

The next Professional Development Day will be to the Yarra Valley being held on Tuesday 13 October, 2015.  Join us for a collaborative professional development day before the cruise ship season. This invitation is extended to all A & K  guides and those interested in guiding for the season.  A great opportunity to brush up on what’s new at Healesville Sanctuary, a briefing and tour of the redevelopments at Rochford Wines and Abercrombie & Kent  representatives to provide a briefing on the forthcoming season.  For more information and to book  Read more…


The Australian Wildlife Tourism Conference

The Australian Wildilfe Tourism Conference is coming up in Geelong from 29 Sept to 2 Oct, 2015.  It is a great opportunity for members and other interested people to network with top wildlife tourism operators and organisations including Zoos Victoria, Phillip Island Nature Parks, Echidna Walkabout, Exceptional Kangaroo Island, as well as decision-makers from Tourism Victoria, Parks Victoria.

For more information and registration:

www.wildlifetourism.org.au/wildlife-tourism-conference-2015/

 


Unique Student Identifier (USI)

Effective from 1 January 2015, all students enrolled in nationally recognised training, will be required to provide their registered training organisation (RTO) with their USI and date of birth.  If you undertake any recognised type of training i.e., FIRST AID course, then you need to register with USI.  It is very simple and this process, takes about 2 minutes.  Here is more information about the process.  It is just a way to keep track of what you have done.  You must all enroll with USI.

Read more…


Changes to Victorian Public Transport

From 1 January 2015, there will be some fare changes to Victoria’s public transport system. An annual fare rise will be implemented in the new year to help us continue to improve the public transport network. A new Free Tram Zone will make getting around the Melbourne CBD and Docklands more affordable than ever. Travel on trams within this zone will be free and you do not need to touch on your myki. However, if your journey starts or finishes outside the boundaries of the Free Tram Zone, you must touch on your myki in the normal way to make sure you have a valid ticket.

From 1 January 2015 you will also be able to travel on trains, trams and buses across Zone 1 + Zone 2 for the price of a Zone 1 fare. For customers travelling with a myki pass, Zone 1 passes will no longer be sold after 1 January 2015. Instead you will be able to purchase a Zone 1+2 myki pass at no extra cost, which will cover all your travel across zones 1 and 2. .

For more information, visit the PTV website


Red Cross First Aid App

We highly recommend that you download the Red Cross First Aid App as a support to the important life saving skills that you have already acquired with your training provider. It is a free App, though you can give a donation to Red Cross if you so wish, that supports both Apple and Android tablets and phones. It is available to download on iTunes and Google Play.


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Skills Set – Certificate 111 in Tour Guiding Holmesglen Institute

 

Holmesglen Institute will again be conducting this popular course at their City Campus.

The course will start on 11July and run until 7September. It will be held on Tuesday & Thursday evenings (5.30 to 9.30) and two Saturdays.

This skills set will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to facilitate local and regional tours while awarding you nationally accredited units of competency.

Whilst updating your knowledge of Melbourne and Victoria, you will learn how to effectively manage and entertain a tour group and provide them with first rate commentary.

The program will be delivered at our city campus on St Kilda Road, (opposite the Shrine of Remembrance). There will be a number of off-campus activities including two full day excursion to ensure you get the hands on experience required to be industry ready. The skill set is taught by leading well-connected tour guiding professionals who are currently working in the industry.

For course detail: Contact 9564 1699

http://www.holmesglen.edu.au/courses/hospitality_tourism_and_events/travel_and_tourism/certificate_iii_in_guiding2

PTGAA Learning Day 21st April

Our first 2017 Learning Day is shaping up to be a corker so lock in Friday 21st April now. The day will run from 9:30 am until 3pm and will be held at the Royal Historical Society of Victoria’s HQ at 239 A’Beckett St, Melbourne.

The program includes

  • Fiona Sweetman, Founder and CEO of the very successful Hidden Secrets Tours, will talk about the structure of the Tourism Industry and how jobs for guides come about. Fiona will also cover how to improve your marketing.
  • Travellers Aid will be telling us all about their long-standing organisation – one of Melbourne’s little known resources which can be the ace up every tour guide’s sleeve.
  • Metro Rail will be outlining the work over the next 9 years in central Melbourne as they start to tunnel under Melbourne to create our next underground rail service. The logistics of this huge project are fascinating and the work will impact on tour guiding in Melbourne for many years.
  • Also an update on all things to do with membership of PTGAA.

And don’t forget that the RHSV’s exhibition Remembering the ‘Burbs: 1850-1960 will be available for you to check out during the lunch hour or after the Learning Day.

Cost which includes lunch and morning tea:

Members $35

Non-members $45.

To RSVP please email our Professional Development Officer, Bronwyn Wilson on pdofficer@ptgaa.com.au

And transfer your payment to the PTGAA bank account:

Bank Account Details:

Westpac

BSB                 033086

Account No     152048