Blue and Green Badge Tourist Guides sponsor conference

The British Guild of Tourist Guides and the Institute of Tourist Guiding working together as ‘Blue and Green Badge Tourist Guides’ are headline sponsors for the National Tour Guiding Conference.

Taking place in Drapers Hall (pictured) in the City of London (November 9), the event is organised by the US Connections project, which is financed by the Discover England Fund (DEF).

It aims to provide tour guides with insights for making their tours ‘bookable’ and accessible to international audiences.

There will also be networking opportunities for all types of tour guide – from Blue, Green and White Badge professionally qualified guides, to ancestral guides, driver guides, volunteers and local greeter schemes, costumed and character-led guides.

The conference is open to tour operators, destinations, visitor attractions and any other businesses and stakeholders with an interest in the sector.

Mark King, British Guild of Tourist Guides chairman, said: “To ensure we meet the needs of Britain’s vital tourism industry, the tour guiding sector continues to invest in skills development and we welcome this opportunity to highlight the vital contribution made to the industry by well-trained local guides.

“Professionally trained Blue and Green Badge guides work extensively with visitors from the US, delivering award-winning tours on subjects of special interest to Americans. We are confident that the US Connections Project is developing an even more attractive offer that will boost local tours led by professionally trained guides.”

Amanda Lumley, executive director for Destination Plymouth and DEF US Connections project director, added: “As a hugely trusted and respected organisation, leading the guiding sector in the UK, we are absolutely delighted to be supported by The British Guild of Tourist Guides and the Institute of Tourist Guiding.”

Blue and Green Badge Tourist Guides will deliver a seminar and participate in the Q&A panel – and provide guided tours for delegates.

Click here for details of the conference.