How to be a Tour Guide? Courses & Career Scope

travel / tourist guide's job

A travel / tourist guide's job is both delightful and challenging. A tourist guide has to make the tourist spots aesthetically appealing, whether it the narrow and filthy lanes of a historical city or the striking landscape of Himalayas.

He has to uphold the cultural traditions and heritage of the place being visited and also talk of social customs, even local superstitions. In this job, it's important to satisfy the curiosity of a tourist, especially the first - timers.

Tourist Guide - Eligibility Criteria

  • Age - No maximum age limit.
  • Educational Qualifications - Preferably graduation degree in any discipline, preferably art, archeology, history and culture.

Personal Attributes

An outgoing, friendly personality; ability to handle people, verbal fluency, aptitude for languages are the skill set required to be successful in the field. You need to have a thorough knowledge relating to traveling and tourist destinations, business tactics and social etiquette.

Lastly, the ability and patience to help and provide hospitality is a must. One should also have an up-to-date knowledge of available facilities and services in the field.

Tourist Guide - Recruitment Procedure

The tourism department holds examination which consists heavily of general knowledge, history and culture etc. The candidate should possess good linguistic skills especially verbal along with a pleasing personality.

Knowledge of foreign language is an added advantage. The candidates are selected generally on the basis of a written test. The prerequisite for the test is a graduation degree in any discipline.

Ministry of Tourism provides licenses to the tourist guides and also organizes Regional Level Tourist Guide Training Programmes. Many of the states in India have made registration of tourist guides mandatory.The Goa Registration of Tourist Act 1982, for example, makes it mandatory for the tourist guides to register themselves with the zonal Officers.

Job opportunities are also with the various State Tourist Development Corporations in the respective states like M.P. State Tourism Development Corporation, U.P. State Tourism Development Corporation, and ITDC (India Tourism Development Corporation).

Tourist Guide - Career Scope & Job Prospects

This is a growing field which offers excellent opportunities in the field of tour operations, tour-packages, sight-seeing etc. Many employment opportunities exist in this industry. Travel services including

  • Tour Operators
  • Travel Agents
  • Hoteliers
  • Restaurateurs
  • Transport Service Providers
  • Adventure and Leisure Tourism Providers
  • Heritage Sites and their Conservation
  • Manufacture and Sale of Handicraft Items
  • Marketing of Souvenirs

Besides the specialized services, there are the support services: administration in the offices, secretarial and clerical jobs. The Government of India has recognized the tourism sector as an industry thereby boosting the career prospects.

Top Colleges/Institutes for Travel Guide Courses

No. Institute City
1 IATA/UFTAA 4-level career development program Major cities across India
2 University of Delhi New Delhi
3 Kurukshetra University Haryana
4 Agra University Agra
5 Banaras Hindu University Varanasi
6 Bangalore University Bangalore
7 University of Madras Chennai
8 University of Calcutta Kolkata
9 Goa University Panji
10 University of Mumbai Mumbai
11 University of Pune Pune
12 Himachal University Shimla
13 Skyline Business School New Delhi
14 Laxman Public School Campus New Delhi
15 Sita Academy New Delhi
16 Sri Venkateshwara University Chitoor
17 Indian Institute of Travel and Tourism Management New Delhi
18 The Ministry of Tourism New Delhi
19 Young Women's Christian Association New Delhi
20 Sita World Travels New Delhi | Mumbai
21 Sophia Polytechnic Mumbai
22 Trade Wings Mumbai

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