What does a Tour Guide and Escort do?

Escort individuals or groups on sightseeing tours or through places of interest, such as industrial establishments, public buildings, and art galleries.

Jobs Roles

  • Conduct educational activities for school children.
  • Escort individuals or groups on cruises, sightseeing tours, or through places of interest such as industrial establishments, public buildings, and art galleries.
  • Describe tour points of interest to group members, and respond to questions.
  • Monitor visitors' activities to ensure compliance with establishment or tour regulations and safety practices.
  • Greet and register visitors, and issue any required identification badges or safety devices.
  • Distribute brochures, show audiovisual presentations, and explain establishment processes and operations at tour sites.
  • Provide directions and other pertinent information to visitors.
  • Provide for physical safety of groups, performing such activities as providing first aid and directing emergency evacuations.
  • Provide information about wildlife varieties and habitats, as well as any relevant regulations, such as those pertaining to hunting and fishing.
  • Collect fees and tickets from group members.
  • Teach skills, such as proper climbing methods, and demonstrate and advise on the use of equipment.
  • Select travel routes and sites to be visited based on knowledge of specific areas.
  • Solicit tour patronage and sell souvenirs.
  • Speak foreign languages to communicate with foreign visitors.
  • Assemble and check the required supplies and equipment prior to departure.
  • Drive motor vehicles to transport visitors to establishments and tour site locations.
  • Perform clerical duties such as filing, typing, operating switchboards, and routing mail and messages.
  • Research various topics, including site history, environmental conditions, and clients' skills and abilities to plan appropriate expeditions, instruction, and commentary.
  • Train other guides and volunteers.
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