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Photo: Ben Shafer, Photographer
The National Federation of Tourist Guide Associations-USA was formed in 1998 when members from tour guide associations and guilds from across the United States gathered in its first-ever national forum to discuss issues pertinent to the tourism and travel industry as related to guiding.
The seed idea of the initial meeting was for guide peers to share the knowledge and experience garnered from working in diverse areas across the U.S., so guides may better understand trends and challenges in local and national tourism.
The on-going focus and commitment of the NFTGA-USA is to promote effective training and continuing education, while upholding a strict code of ethics and demonstrating the highest degree of professionalism. It is essential that guides welcome visitors and act in such a way as to bring credit to the U.S. and their local area while promoting their country, region and city as desirable tourist destinations.
Tourist guides are the frontline tourism professionals, who act as good-will ambassadors to throngs of domestic and international visitors who visit our cities and our nation. Formation of the NFTGA-USA was just the first step towards the promotion of the visibility and importance of using professional, trained guides.