18th WFTGA Convention Tbilisi Georgia 21-27 January 2019

The 18th  WFTGA International Convention will take place in Tbilisi Georgia from 21 - 27 January 2019. The Convention will be hosted by the Georgian Association of Guides
Information about Georgia

Posted: 02/20/17

WFTGA Executive Board 2017-2019

We are proud to announce the 2017-2019 Executive Board for WFTGA:
President - Alushca Ritichie (South Africa)
Joint Vice Presidents : Mary Kemp Clarke (UK); Esther Banike (USA)
Stephen McAuley: (Australia)
Ruby Roy: (Canada)
Mohsen Hajisaeid (Iran)
Harvey Davidson (USA)

Posted: 02/06/17

Count Down Begins to the Most Significant World Tourism Event in Iran

The "2017 WFTGA Convention", Presenting Iranian Humanity and Hospitality… 

The Convention Confirmed Seminar, The Deep-rooted Alliance Showcase 

The wrap-up meeting held on the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts & Tourism Org. auditorium, on 26 Dec 2016, to finalize the process and report the developments.   

Less than one month, Iran will proudly host 400 tourist guides from 45 countries. The Convention acts as an occasion to introduce Iran worldwide and IFTGA ambassadors will well done it.   

Morteza Rahmani Movahed, deputy head of the Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Org. fully cares the Convention, said in his speech: "Great workout is coming, hence our responsibility to protect it is on the rise day after day. Definitely the participants will talk years about Iran's attractions and Iranian etiquette and hospitality". "Tourist guides play an important role in the tourism industry and the Convention is the fruit of their mission. To touch the goals, governmental establishments support the convention", he added. 

"Wholeheartedly, all sections should have a hand in this national event, avoid opposition or hostility and warmly work to get the result", Rahmani Movahed emphasized. 

The 2017 Convention executive secretary, Mohsen HajiSaeed said in the 26th Dec seminar: "70 percent of the specialists assured that Iran selected in a most befitting manner. Fighting against Iranophobia and encourage people to travel Iran are the main purposes of us in this Int'l event".    

He also explained the goings-over through the Convention and added: "Thanks to the attempts of Iran's tourism Org., Mr. Taleb D. Rifai, UNWTO Secretary General, will attend in the day of opening. All details are checked but still we need to get help from the airlines and linked agencies". 

Pre-tour, convention and post-tour's planning were also clarified with the presence of Director Generals of Tehran, Zanjan, Hamedan, Yazd, Fars and Isfahan Tourism organizations. The mentioned provinces are involved in the planning which will be held on Jan 25th – Feb 6th.

"High quality facilities, standard services and competitive capacities would be the achievement of the Convention", stated Ali Baqer Ne'mati, director of the Promotion and Marketing Office at Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization. 

Registration for the event has started and over 300 foreigner and 111 domestic guides are in the list totally. Almost 250 Iranian Visa Codes are issued till now, 203 are accepted and others are on the process. With no trouble the invitees will get the airport visa.  

The event will absolutely lead to show the exact peaceful face of Iran to the world. Collaboration between the organizers controls every details. Full security and safety provide to the Convention guests from the start point to the last step, alongside with best sightseeing tours and conferences awaits them. 

Additionally, the 2017 WFTGA Convention' poster was unveiled during the conference. 

In the last part, executive members and the Head, Arash NoorAghaee, negotiated about the rest of the route. 


By: Mina Mehdinia 


Posted: 01/01/17

Newsletter from WFTGA President, December 2016

Newsletter from the WFTGA President for the month of December. 

To download press here.

Posted: 12/24/16

International Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 garners support from the sector


The United Nations 70th General Assembly has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. In the context of the universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the International Year aims to support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behavior towards a more sustainable tourism sector that contributes to the SDGs.

The Ministry of Tourism of Mexico, the German National Tourism Board, All Nippon Airways, the Global Tourism Economy Research Centre, Macao, China, the Balearic Islands Tourism Agency, Minube, Amadeus, the European Geoparks Network, The Travel Corporation and DDB are among the first sponsors to join UNWTO to support the programme of activities of the Year. The City of Zurich, the University of Crete, CABI and Green Key have also joined as “Friends” of the Year.

“The International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, to be launched in January in Madrid, is a unique opportunity to raise awareness on the contribution of sustainable tourism to development among public and private sector decision-makers and the general public, while mobilizing all stakeholders to work together in making tourism a catalyst for positive change,” said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai.

The year will promote tourism’s role in the following five key areas:

  1. Inclusive and sustainable economic growth
  2. Social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction
  3. Resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change
  4. Cultural values, diversity and heritage
  5. Mutual understanding, peace and security.

A full programme of activities will be unveiled on 18 January on the occasion of the Opening of the International Year.


More information:

International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

Join the Celebrations

Sponsorship opportunities



UNWTO Media Officer Rut Gomez Sobrino
Tel: (+34) 91 567 81 60 /
UNWTO Communications & Publications Programme
Tel: (+34) 91 567 8100 / Fax: +34 91 567 8218 /


Posted: 12/06/16

Train the Trainer and International Trainer Courses in Nicosia, Cyprus

The International WFTGA Training Centre in Nicosia, Cyprus offered both these last weeks, Train the Trainer and International Trainer Course; altogether 18 participants from 10 countries joined. WFTGA Training Committee is happy to see the successful distribution of high professional standards around the world.


by Maria Aristidou

Posted: 11/30/16

WFTGA October 2016 Newsletter

Newsletter from the WFTGA President for the month of October. 
To download press here.

Posted: 11/02/16

Another Iran Convention related meeting by our Washington Member Maricar Donato

Our Washington Member Maricar Donato prepared another meeting related to our Iran Convention in January 2017: Professor Pardis Menuchehr gave a presentation of the major Iran sites to the visitors at the Elliott School of International Affairs.
© Maricar Donato, MTA, CMG

Posted: 10/24/16

A Hands on Training (HOT) is running presently at the GU Tech University in Oman

A Hands on Training (HOT) at the GU Tech University in Oman lead by WFTGA Lead Trainer Mary Kemp-Clarke.

Posted: 09/01/16
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