Guide Resources

The NFTGA seeks to provide information and materials to assist in the professional development of tour guides. The links below are to materials developed by member associations and others in the tourism industry. For further information to content in the materials, please contact the authors.

NOTE: This page will be updated with more resources, so keep checking back to find more!

Health & Safety Guidance for Guides During the COVID-19 Pandemic
From the Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington DC

Sample Guilding Contract During the COVID-19 Pandemic
From the Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington DC

The Business of Guiding
 -Judith Smith, Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides

SYTA Safety Materials

SYTA established a Safety Committee that works with tourism, risk management, education, and state and local governments to develop standard and materials to help ensure the safety of travelers. The SYTA Safety Committee's mission is to "discover, develop, promote and implement best practices in student travel safety and enhance SYTA's positioning as the 'Voice of Student Travel Safety Worldwide'." The following materials are useful in fulfilling the mission:

Active Shooter Training

Safety preparedness is a critical competence for all who guide or work with the public. The Department of Homeland Security offers free active shooter training:

ITMI eLearning Hub


ITMI is developing ecourses to help guides increase their skills and knowledge of important issues. Their first is a course on Human Trafficking Recognition, what guides should know about it and how to recognize it and actions that should be taken human trafficking is recognized.

WFTGA 2019 Tbilisi Conference Materials

Politeness and Courtesy as Prerequisite in the Daily Work of a Professional Guide by Elisabeth Daude
Download PDF (22 Pages - 905kb)

Building Bridges - Breaking Barriers by Professor Karen L. Harris
Download PDF (65 Pages - 4.8MB)

STYA 2019