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Special Events for International Tourist Guide Day

Since 1990, International Tourist Guide Day has been held every year on 21 February to mark the date when the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (WFTGA) was founded.

February 10th, 2015
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Since its creation in 1990, the International Tourist Guide Day has been held every year. On 21 and 22 February 2015, you can take part in exciting guided tours all over Germany. This year's theme is 'stones'. All of these tours are for free!

Guided tours are being held in numerous different cities. In Hildesheim the tour will take place in the stone cellar of Hildesheim. In Leipzig, tourists will be taken along the walls of the city centre with the Stadtstreicher and in Saarsbrücken, stone sculptures will be presented in the city centre. Free guided tours are also being held in another 85 towns and cities across Germany. This is an exclusive opportunity to go and visit some of Germany’s marvellous tourist destinations. It is a must for local citizens and tourists from around the world.

In 1990, Mrs. Titina Loizides, President of the WFTGA, was involved in International Tourist Guide Day when it was held for the first time. In 1990 only 15 countries participated. Since then, tour guides in an ever growing number of countries have been giving help to their local communities, conducting tours for disabled persons, disadvantaged persons, for children, industry partners, officials and for the general public.

Events are also held for these local tour guides including presentations and retraining courses, in order to provide them the training they need to develop essential skills, rendering them more effective and attractive as guides. Forums are organised between guides where they can exchange ideas and advice on how tour guides can and should be conducted.

International Tourist Guide Day draws the attention of local authorities, fellow citizens and the media to the quality and value of the work of professional tourist guides. Each member country contributes to the success of the day in its own way; bus companies have contributed complimentary coaches, attractions and museums have opened their doors without charge. Each year, awareness grows and there is an increasing contribution by both regional and national governments to the International Tourist Guide Day.

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