Tour guides accompany visitors on local tours and guide tourists within a specific country, region, area, city or site. They provide special information on history, archaeology, monuments and works of art, the environment, culture, natural and built attractions, places of interest, and any general matters of interest to the visitor.
Duties & Tasks
Tour guides may perform the following tasks:meet members of a tour on arrival and make introductionscoordinate pre-arranged accommodation and transport and make sure that tour members are comfortablelead tour groups, drive coaches or limousines, advise tour members of local interest points, and prepare and present tour commentariescoordinate pre-arranged tour activities such as visits to local attractions, restaurants or shops, train rides, cruises, extended tours, white water rafting, bushwalking and mountaineeringresearch and share general information on Australian Indigenous culturesattend to operational problems such as booking errors and amendments, lost luggage or illnessprovide first aid if neededkeep in touch with transportation companiesmaintain written reports of daily activities and carry out other administrative work.
Being a tour guide is often physically demanding. During a tour, guides must be available at all times to answer questions and sort out problems. Manual work such as loading or unloading baggage or other equipment may be required.par Tour guides are often required to spend time away from home, especially those fulfilling the role of tour manager.
- mature able to accept responsibility patient and tactful understanding and acceptance of different cultures good organisational skills excellent general knowledge of Australia and regional touring areas problem-solving skills and ability to think logically excellent communication and negotiation skills able to cope with the physical demands of the job.