NFTGA – Winter 2020 National Standard

NFTGA Newsletter

From the National Federation of Tourist Guide Associations, of which the LVTGG is a member:

Dear Association Members,

It is with great pleasure that I present to you the 17th issue (Winter 2020) of The National Standard, the quarterly newsletter of the National Federation of Tourist Guide Associations.

While the newsletter is first and foremost a digital publication, it is designed to be easily printable from your home printer, and read as a hard copy if so desired.

Click here for a digital, printable copy.

As always, we look forward to contributions from those of you we have yet to hear from. Submission guidelines, including word limits and deadlines, will always be included in the masthead on Page 2 of the newsletter. The deadline for submissions to the Spring, 2020 issue is 5pm, Thursday, April 16, 2020.

Thank you for your attention. I heartily look forward to working with many of you in the time to come.

All the best,

Matthew Baker

Editor-in-Chief

The National Standard

NFTGA Newsletter

http://www.nftga.com

CPR and First Aid Training, Monday, February 24, 2020, 6pm-930pm

On Monday, February 24, 2020, from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM, the Las Vegas Tourist Guides Guild (LVTGG) in partnership with Red Rock Search and Rescue (RRSAR) will again offer the American Heartsaver/AED and First Aid Training, including a Stop the Bleed segment, exclusively for LVTGG membership, work colleagues, family, friends, and other tourism professionals.

Training covered will include: adult, child and infant CPR; hands on use of an AED (defibrillator) device; wound care, bleeding control, splinting and other common medical emergencies.

All medical supplies will be provided by RRSAR, and each student will receive a first aid book and certification card.

This training is being offered at a low, special rate of $47 pp, payable at time of registration, and funds go directly to the 100% volunteer, not-for profit, RRSAR, to support the incredible and impressive work they do for our community, Southern Nevada, and Utah.

RRSAR Commander, Donald Moore, has organized this intensive CPR and basic life support training session, and it will be facilitated by Vice-Commander Smith, Retired Fire Department Battalion Chief. Chief Smith has added plans of action especially relevant for tour guides and colleagues. Commander Moore says,

“In this single, hands-on, 3.5 hour training class, your members will walk away with a 2-day class under their belts, not offered by most CPR training workshops.”

This class is designed for a minimum of 12 and maximum of 30 persons, so we urge you to register and pay ASAP! Share this valuable training opportunity with other guild members and your extended community. The education/training committee will offer Certification Continuing Education credits to all attendees that have earned Certified Professional Las Vegas Tour Guide status.

The link to Register and Pay is highlighted at the bottom of the post below.

Details:
Date: Monday Feb 24, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Fee: $47.00 ($45 donation to RRSAR + $2 LVTGG to cover bank fees)

Location: 340 Villa Monterey Drive Las Vegas, NV 89145
Located near Buffalo & Alta
MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/XnyR1u73M672
Web Site: www.redrocksar.org

Dress for comfort – jeans and a t-shirt are perfect.

For questions regarding this invite or payment contact Babs Daitch, LVTGG, Past President, at (702) 370.6961 (text is best method), or email at thanksbabs@gmail.com, using RRSAR CPR Training as the subject heading.

If you have questions regarding the training content, please contact RRSAR, Vice-Commander, Retired Fire Department Battalion Chief, Steve Smith at (708) 516-2063 or by email at steve@redrocksar.org.

Space is limited! Reserve your space, today!

TO REGISTER AND PAY, CLICK ON THIS LINK:
LVTGG and RRSAR CPR Certification and First Aid Training

After submitting your registration and payment, you will receive email confirmations of both.

If you register and pay, then it’s clear you intend on attending the training, but we understand that things can change. Therefore, refunds of the $45 (minus the $2 bank fee) will be possible until 8 days prior to the training – IF you have confirmed the cancellation directly with Babs Daitch by Feb 16. After that, any refunds are not guaranteed and there are no refunds possible within 48 hrs of the training.

If you are unable to commit right now but would like to express your interest in attending the training, please email Babs Daitch at thanksbabs@gmail.com.

PLEASE SHARE THIS PAGE AND INVITE ON LOCAL MESSAGE BOARDS, BLOGS, AND RELATED COMPANIES AND ORGANIZATIONS YOU MAY WORK WITH.

Certified Las Vegas Tour Guide Training Program

The LVTGG Certified Professional Las Vegas Tour Guide Training Program (CPTG) is open for registration!

We are pleased to announce that the CPTG program can be started at any time as there are very limited date-specific meetings, which will be scheduled throughout the year based on demand. Participants will receive access to program documents and details on a self-contained section of the guild website.

The LVTGG promotes professionalism in the Las Vegas guide and tourism industry, and it is part of our mission that Las Vegas guides demonstrate accurate knowledge and fluency on local and regional topics. The CPTG program is designed to build and test the knowledge and skills a Professional Las Vegas Guide must have, and completing the training is a key component of attaining certification by the guild as a Certified Professional Las Vegas Tour Guide.

For more information about the LVTGG training and certification programs, visit our CPTG page.

The cost of the CPTG training is $75 and it is open only to LVTGG Members. Current Members can register for the program when renewing their membership via the Renewal Application or, if they have already paid their current-year dues, by a stand-alone CPTG registration form. New Members can join the guild and register for the CPTG training using the New Member Application. Registration and payment of Dues and CPTG fees can be completed online via the respective forms here.

For specific questions not answered on the CPTG page, please Contact Us.

SPECIAL OFFER: Through January 2020, New Members who join the guild and register for the CPTG Program at the same time will receive a discount of $15 off the standard New Member dues.

Member Event – Shelby Heritage Center Exclusive After-hours Tour – Wed, Jan 15, 2020 6pm-8pm

LVTGG Members are invited to an exclusive after-hours tour of the Carroll Shelby Heritage Center, located just minutes from the Fabulous Las Vegas Strip.

With a major motion picture in theaters now, Ford vs. Ferrari, which prominently features Carroll Shelby as portrayed by Matt Damon, there is sure to be renewed interest in Carroll Shelby’s story and his Las Vegas Heritage Center. Join this supercharged Member Event and get up to speed on the man, the myth, the Legend ~ and his awesome cars!

Details:

Shelby Heritage Center

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

6405 Ensworth Street

Las Vegas, NV 89119

The man, the legend. Carroll Hall Shelby, 1923-2012.

To participate, click this link to RSVP to Art Chesmore by January 7, 2020.

This Member Event is for current LVTGG Members and their invited guests.

Members Only Fam Visit – Dig This – Dec 8, 2019, 10 am

It’s time for another exiting FAM-Trip, and this time we are going to an “adult playground,” Dig This Las Vegas!

Click on photo for Dig This Contact Info and Facts and Figures

You will be able to operate their heavy equipment machines (bulldozer, excavator, etc.), and at the end of the experience you will say “I dug it at Dig This!”

Dig This has been operating in Las Vegas for years now and has proven they have the staying power and draw for visitors and locals alike. Join the LVTGG visit and get a first-hand experience so you can best assist and advise your tour clients.

Here is the mission statement from the Dig This website:

Mission Statement 

Dig This provides exceptional experiences that help people forget their lives for a brief moment and regain their sense of confidence, accomplishment and adventure. 

We will be meeting on Sunday, 8 December 2019, at 10am at Dig This, 800 W. Roban Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89044. 

SPACE IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 20 LVTGG Members to RSVP.

Please RSVP with Elena at elena.omerini@yahoo.com no later than Sunday, 1 December 2019.

Be sure to dress for the weather, including closed-toe shoes, and bring business cards to share.

Thanks everyone, and we look forward to seeing you there! RSVP today!

Elena Omerini

Certified Tour Guide

Las Vegas Tourist Guides Guild Board Member

E-mail: elena.omerini@yahoo.com

Facebook page: Benvenuti a Las Vegas 

Hoover Dam CUA

As of November 2019, the Bureau of Reclamation is requiring that commercial operators bringing passengers to Hoover Dam have a Hoover Dam CUA (Commercial Use Authorization).

Hoover Dam

Prior to visiting the dam, guides should ensure that their tour operator or motor coach company has secured the CUA. While many local coach companies will get and have the CUA, the onus is on the packager or operator.

The application and CUA fee is $300. Until the Spring, when a new shack will be built just past the security stop, the CUA checkpoint will be at the security stop. If a commercial vehicle does not have the CUA, they will have to either pay $300 on the spot for a Temporary CUA (TCUA) or turn around. These are options no guide would want to chose from. If purchasing the TCUA, the operator has 7 days to apply for the CUA and receive credit for the $300 paid, or they will forfeit the amount.

Also, note that in the Spring, an additional User Fee of $5 per person will be collected at the CUA checkpoint!

The CUA and User Fees are not related to or changing the cost of tours at the dam or policies for parking in the garage.

The CUA will be required for any visit past the security stop, so this includes the bridge as well as the dam itself. Though it’s unlikely that one would drive to the Lake Mead overlook for its own sake, as it’s prior to the security stop, the CUA is not required to stop there.

While daily operators to the dam and most local motorcoach companies will be prepared and have the CUA, those from outside the area may not be. Some local DMCs or infrequent operators may also not be aware of the new requirements and upcoming User Fees. Especially until some time has passed, guides should doublecheck that their employer or coach company has the CUA and that you have a copy with you when visiting Hoover Dam.

For details, see the Bureau of Reclamation website.