WFTGA International Training Centre Nicosia Cyprus: November 2019

The dates for the International Train the Trainer (ITtT) Course and Train the Trainer (TtT) Course have now been confirmed as 03 to 17 November 2019. For more information please contact Viola Lewis at

Posted: 04/15/19

WFTGA HOT Course Moldova

WFTGA HOT Course is currently underway in Chisinau, Moldova with WFTGA Lead International Trainers Mary Kemp-Clarke (English-speaking group) and Gennadiy Chudnovets (Russian-speaking group). 

Posted: 03/19/19

WFTGA HOT & Train the Trainer Turkmenistan

HOT & TTT Course in Turkmenistan:
Already in November 2018 UNESCO office in Iran together with Turkmenistan officials suggested another set of training courses in the capital Ashgabat. 13 participants joined for HOT (left) and 9 from the last course in 2017 sat for TTT with Lead Trainer Felicitas Wressnig from Austria. Both courses were arranged in Grand Turkmen Hotel in Ashgabat and included intensive training with the National Museum Treasures; caption (attached pix) LIT Felicitas with Director of collections Öwezmuhammet Mämmetnurow, who is also one of the contemporary artists of Turkmenistan.  
The official ceremony for handing out all certificates was done by Dr. Kouvandyk Poladov, Secretary General of the Turkmenistan National Commission for UNESCO in January 2019.

Posted: 03/19/19

WFTGA Executive Board 2019-2021

We are proud to announce the 2019-2021 Executive Board for WFTGA:
President - Alushca Ritichie (South Africa)
Vice President : Mary Kemp Clarke (UK)
Secretary: Arash Nooraghayee (Iran)
Head of Training: Viola Lewis (Scotland UK)                                     
EXBO Member: Romano del Rosario (Philippines),
EXBO Member: Gene Reyes (USA)

Posted: 02/12/19

WFTGA Begins Hands on Tourist Guide Training (HOT) in Bahrein

WFTGA Lead International Trainer Mary Kemp Clarke and WFTGA International Trainer Roger Rajah are part of our team in Bahrein to present Hands on Tourist Guide Training (HOT) courses to a series of exhuberant Bahrein participants.
The current course coincided with Bahrein's Tourist Guide Day observance. Second photo incudes President of Dilmun Friends President Mieza Al Nasheet, with Mary on the right and Roger on the left.


Posted: 10/19/18

18th WFTGA Convention Tbilisi Georgia 21-27 January 2019:

The WFTGA Convention in Tbilisi Georgia from 21 - 27 January 2019, hosted by the Georgian Association of Guides: 
Convention Newsletter February 2019
Information about Georgia


Posted: 02/27/18

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: 02/27/18

WFTGA attends the 1st International Western Silk Road Workshop in Greece

WFTGA was represented by Ivana Curuvija at the 1st International Western Silk Road Workshop in Alexandroupoli Greece on 26-27 April 2017. The workshop was jointly organised by UNWTO, the Ministry of Tourism of Greece and the region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace of Greece.  Ivana presented a workshop entitled " Transmitting the Western Silk Road Heritage".  WFTGA is a member of the UNWTO Silk Road Task Force and has delivered training to Silk Road Heritage Guides.  WFTGA is an Affiliate Member of UNWTO. 
For the full programme see below:

Posted: 04/28/17

Advertising Standards Agency Announces Curbs on UK "Free Tour" Advertising

For immediate release - For Dissemination to media
Landmark fraud protection ruling comes in time for peak travel season
ASA announces curbs on the UK "free tours" advertising

Paris, France - April 6th, 2017 - The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) this week announced measures designed to curb unscrupulous tour operators and unqualified "guides" who offer fraudulently advertised "free tours" to unsuspecting tourists.
In many major cities, untrained, unpaid, untaxed and uninsured persons conduct "free" walking tours to unsuspecting visitors. "Free tours" are offered by companies or private persons with various names across the world. Consumers wrongly assume that the persons guiding them will be qualified to do so and that they are paid by the tour organisers, which is almost never true.
The ASA received many complaints by visitors-consumers about so-called "free tours" during which the persons guiding them demanded tips at the end of the tours, despite the tours being advertised as free. According to ASA, complainants felt overly pressurised to make such payments.
Last week these businesses and amateurs offering "free tours" in the UK were told to end this practice and adhere to new, stricter guidance laid out by the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP). ASA says the advertising must prominently state that the guide will request discretionary payments, if this is the case. They must also make clear that discretionary payments are entirely voluntary, and that money from tips is not kept in full by the person guiding, if this is the case.
"This ASA ruling will raise the quality of the visitor experience, which in turn will enhance the reputation of the tourism industry of the country, said Efi Kalampoukidou, European Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (FEG) President."We all hope that more countries' authorities will follow the UK example and act immediately to protect the consumers, the destinations and the tourism professionals."
Since 2009, the European Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (FEG) and the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (WFTGA) and their 200,000+ members have been warning the EU Commission, national authorities and MEPs that the "free tours" practice is misleading and bad for the image of any destination. The practice can compromise the health and safety of the consumer, as well as expectations of accurate information.
The persons conducting the tours are paid in tips only, which means low payment with no guaranteed income or employment. No professional qualification for conducting the tours is required. These are only short term engagements and could be seen as a way of exploiting young people who often report that this is a type of "slavery market" developed outside the professional labour market rules.
Many tour organisers demand their "guides" pay them a commission of 3 - 5 EURO per participant, so it’s no surprise that the person guiding presses tourists to give tips. This amount is comparative to what a visitor-consumer would pay to attend any legally organised and advertised guided group tour conducted by a professionally qualified tourist guide.
The European Federation of Tourist Guide Associations and the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations stress that several legal issues are raised and must be confronted by relevant authorities on international, European and national levels. They urge consumers, advertising-practice committees and members of government to act against this ever-growing "black labour" market.


Posted: 04/06/17
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