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5 Useful Resources To Be a Better Tour Guide

5 useful resources to being a better guide

Being a tour guide is challenging.  It takes time and dedication to become really good at what you do.  To help you along the way, here are 5 resources we think can help you to be a better tour guide.  Don’t forget to read this article about how to be a better tour guide with case studies.

1. Be a Better Guide

Be a better guide is a great online resource to help you become a better tour guide

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Kelsey Tonner has already been referenced a few times throughout this article – He provides you with a fun and visual learning channel to becoming a better tour guide.

Along with his Youtube channel, Kelsey provides you with a training guide, a blog, podcasts, and interviews with industry experts.

Learn how to be a better tour guide in 120-seconds with the creator of Beabetterguide.com, Kelsey Toner

2. Tourism Tribe

Tourism Tribe is a great community that also includes dozens of tutorials

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Tourism Tribe is an all-inclusive resource center that “connects tourism operators, industry and digital experts in a supported learning environment.”

A membership includes:

  • Over 347 learning resources
  • Expert advice
  • Connections with over 773 like-minded businesses

3. Coming Up on Your Left: A Tour Guide’s Guide Book

Coming up on your left is full of stories from an expert guide.

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Written by travel expert Joemy Wilson, Coming Up on Your Left is a collection of her hilarious stories from 12 years of guiding tours.

The book includes advice on how to make your tour entertaining, inspiring, and informative.  Available on Amazon.com for $14.95.

4. Coaching For the World’s Best Tours Guides: Observations From the Back of the Bus

Coaching for the World's Best Tour Guides

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Just $14.99 on Amazon, Coaching For the World’s Best Tour Guide’s is a must-have read.

Lance Camarena was the director of training and development for Holland America Line, a cruise ship planning service, for over 10 years.

He shares all his notes and stories from his experience observing tours and being a tour guide “from the back of the bus.”

5. How to be a Tour Guide: The Essential Training Manual for Tour Managers and Tour Guides

How to be a tour guide

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Nick Manning combined his passion for traveling and writing in his book “How to Be a Tour Guide.”

With experience conducting tours in over 15 countries, Nick provides you with practical expert advice, easy to follow steps and Youtube videos on how to be a better tour guide.  Available on Amazon for $24.95.

Do you have any other resources you think would be useful for tour guides or tour operators?  Add your comments and recommendations in the comments below, we’d love to read your thoughts.

Written by

Stephen is the CEO and Co-Founder of Rezgo. He has been working as a travel & tourism technology consultant since 1995. Stephen is active in fostering tourism technology and is a Past Chair of the OpenTravel Alliance. He is also a regular contributor for Tnooz, a leading travel technology media site, and speaks regularly at conferences around the Globe on travel & tourism technology, messaging standards, and industry trends.

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