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 International Tourist Guides Day Celebrations 2013

International Tourist Guide Day is held on 21st February each year. Celebrations were held for the first time in 1990 by the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (WFTGA) at which time only 15 countries around the world participated and jointly celebrated this special day. Over the years, awareness about this day has grown and to date, more than 70 countries celebrate this event worldwide.
In South Africa this day is celebrated with activities and programmes ranging from presentations, motivational talks, excursions and workshops. The National Department of Tourism (NDT) will co-host the national event with the Northern Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism. The 2 -day event will be taking place in Kimberly, Northern Cape on 20 – 21 February 2013.
The proposed theme for the conference is “Tourist guiding in the 21st Century”. The event seeks to provide a platform to:
  • showcase tourist guiding in South Africa by making the industry and the general public aware of tourist guiding profession;
  • honor and recognize tourist guides that have excelled in their profession; and
  • provide a platform for tourist guides, tourism stakeholders, government departments and tourism authorities involved in tourist guiding to   engage and share information on important developments and challenges in the tourist guiding sector.

International Tourist Guides’ Day Celebrations 2013 Presentations