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 Mission Statement :

“To represent, educate and support guides so that they can provide world class service to the tourism industry”

Why use a TGA Guide?

Tour guides are the all important ‘Face of the tourism industry’. They have the most direct contact with visitors and are in a great position to positively influence how guests – both international and domestic – feel about Australia and the services they receive.

  • TGA guides have a high level of expertise, knowledge and a variety of specialised skills
  • Professional development opportunities are available to TGA members ensuring continued education and upgrading of skills.
  • Guides are able to assist businesses Australia-wide, including fluent and licensed language guides.
  • The professional services of a TGA tour guide can assist in the growth of your business.
  • Impressed customers and guests may provide your business with positive feedback.
  • Plus referrals, increased opportunities, and business growth.
  • All TGA guides are required to maintain Level II First Aid plus CPR.
  • And they must be covered by Professional Indemnity Insurance to the value of minimum $10m.

A great guide is worth their weight in gold!

Available services included bu not limited to :

  • Domestic and international travel and tour assistance
  • Meetings, incentives, conferences & exhibitions and events
  • Arrival and departure assistance
  • Both day and extended touring
  • Local orientation services (familiarisations & agent or incentives assistance)
  • City sights & walks
  • Attractions or site visits
  • Special interest tours
  • Language guides offer additional interpretive oral and written services, including Auslan.

Special Interest Areas

Guides special interests and knowledge may include:

Culture,  Heritage,  Nature,  Wildlife,  Eco-tourism,  Adventure tourism,  Art, Music, Indigenous Tourism, LGQBT tourism, Gastronomy and Wine, Science and Engineering etc.

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2021 TGA Industry Day

Tour Guides Australia is excited to invite you to an Industry Day

Day 1 of 2 – Wednesday 29 September 2021 9:00 AM TO 1:00 PM

Day 2 of 2 – Thursday 18 November 2021 1:00 PM TO 5:00 PM 

This is a day when we come together right across Australia to celebrate our profession and be inspired about the future of our profession.

We have an amazing line-up of presenters who represent organisations that influence the work of guides and tour operators at a national level.

Our first session is a not-to-missed virtual tour ‘Around the Grounds’ to discover the resilience and adaptability of guides and operators working in our major regions and their perspectives on the future of guiding.

We will hear from key leaders in the tourism industry:

  • Ashleigh Bartley, Specialist Aboriginal Tourism – Visit Victoria
  • Claire Nuthall, Account Manager Cruise – Akorn Australia & New Zealand
  • Rob Dougan, Tourism Australia – Executive General Manager, Strategy & Research
  • Samantha Palmer, General Manager,  Austrade – Visitor Economy & Clients Program Division.
  • Jessica Keen, Australian Tourism Export Council – National Industry Development & Capability Manager
  • Aluschca Ritchie – World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations – President

Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn, to look forward and to connect with colleagues.

Wherever you are, we look forward to you joining us.

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Industry Day Program

Guided tour of the Fire Services Museum

POSTPONED EVENT – TBA  

Located in the former HQ of the Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade, the award winning Fire Services Museum Victoria, was opened in 1979.

The Museum includes a collection of over 10,000 fire related items collected both nationally and internationally and includes Country Fire Authority, Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade and Fire Rescue Victoria fire appliances, personnel histories, memorabilia and associated items.

Afterwards, join us for a networking lunch at Sir Osborn Cafe on the ground floor of Orica House, 1 Nicholson Street, East Melbourne.

INFORMATION & REFUNDS 

MENTORING HOLMESGLEN TOUR GUIDING STUDENTS

Joy Vandoske, tour guide trainer at Holmesglen TAFE in Melbourne, is looking for mentor tour guides to act as guests for the tours that her students are delivering for an assessment project.

Guides are also asked to provide some encouraging and constructive feedback to the students.  An excellent opportunity to nurture our future profession!  Please contact Joy to join a mailing list so she can contact you when this activity is re-scheduled – joy.vandoske@holmesglen.edu.au