Tour and travel guides

National Occupation Code (NOC): 6531

Tour and travel guides escort individuals and groups on trips, on sightseeing tours of cities and on tours of historical sites and establishments such as famous buildings, manufacturing plants, cathedrals and theme parks. They also provide descriptions and background information on interesting features. Tour and travel guides are employed by tour operators, resorts and other establishments or may be self-employed.

Job Duties for Tour and travel guides

Tour guides
  • Transport or escort individuals or groups on tours of cities, waterways and industrial and other establishments
  • Describe points of interest, answer questions and supply information
  • Provide historical and cultural facts related to the site
  • May collect admission fees and sell souvenirs.
Travel guides
  • Escort individuals and groups on vacation and business trips
  • Ensure that reservations for transportation and accommodations are confirmed and that prepared itineraries are met
  • Visit and describe points of interest and plan and carry out recreational activities
  • Resolve problems with itineraries, service and accommodations.

Working Conditions for Tour and travel guides

Work may be performed indoors or outdoors, depending on the destination or tour. Workers may be required to assist their tour group in the event of medical emergencies or vehicle breakdowns.

Alternate Job Titles

  • Adventure Travel Site Interpreter
  • Bicycle Tour Guide
  • Boat Tour Guide
  • Bus Tour Guide
  • Establishment Guide
  • Factory Tour Guide
  • Horse-drawn Vehicle Sightseeing Tour Guide
  • Industrial Site Interpreter
  • Local Tour Guide
  • Mine Guide
  • Plant Tour Guide
  • Sightseeing Guide
  • Ski Resort Host/hostess
  • Tour Director
  • Tour Escort
  • Tour Guide
  • Tourist Guide
  • Travel Escort
  • Travel Guide
  • Walking Tour Guide
  • Adventure Travel Site Interpreter
  • Bicycle Tour Guide
  • Factory Tour Guide
  • Industrial Site Interpreter
  • Tour Guide
  • Travel Guide