Welcome IATDG to Fabulous Las Vegas

The Las Vegas Tourist Guides Guild is pleased to welcome the 2018 International Association of Tour Directors and Guides (IATDG) Annual Conference of Group Tour Gurus to Fabulous Las Vegas!

The LVTGG welcomes the 2018 IATDG Annual Conference to Fabulous Las Vegas

The conference is taking place at the South Point from November 11 through November 15. Along with our partners at the LVCVA, we’re excited for the opportunity to share and explore some of our city’s vibrant history, sights, and attractions with our IATDG colleagues. We have a fleet of buses ready to roll, our Las Vegas guides standing by, and a list of shows, sites, and attractions rolling out the red carpet.  Sunshine fun, blue skies, and sandstone mountains meets 24/7 entertainment, glittering lights, and neon nights. Welcome IATDG!

2019 LVTGG Membership Renewals and New Member Applications Available Now

The busy season is winding down and, like the goddess of the harvest in the Bellagio Conservatory, it may be time to rest for a moment, but ~ don’t sleep on renewing your membership or joining the Las Vegas Tourist Guides Guild  for the coming year ~ 2019 LVTGG Membership Renewals and New Member Applications are available  now!

All current and prospective members are encouraged to renew or join now to lock in your LVTGG Membership benefits for 2019.

New Members joining now will receive benefits including listing on our Members Pages through the balance of 2018 ~ it’s a great deal, don’t delay, renew or join today!

Membership applications and dues payments can be completed entirely online in just a few minutes!

Visit LVTGG Membership – Join or Renew to complete your Renewal or New Member Application.

Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, halfway point, border between Nevada and Arizona

LVTGG Members are going places!

The Las Vegas Tourist Guides Guild is vital to the Las Vegas tourism community and visitors because of you – our smart, talented, curious, and involved members. The low dues are one of our most beneficial expenses for 2019.

Some of the important benefits of membership are:

  • Listing on our website’s Members Page, www.lvtgg.com/members. Be sure to review your listing and make sure your information is correct. Many guides receive regular communication from companies interested in hiring guides; these companies will contact you directly. One hour of work gained through your listing pays for yearly dues – what a bargain! If you wish to make any updates to your listing, this can be noted when submitting your renewal.
  • Knowledge & recognition gained from being a LVTGG Member and becoming a LVTGG Certified Professional Las Vegas Tour Guide via the CPTG Training and Certification Program. CPTG Members are recognized on the website’s Members Page and a separate Certified Guide page.
  • Relevant gatherings, networking and educational events, often with complimentary admission to attractions and sites. Watch for emails and RSVP for these enjoyable and valuable meetings.
  • Continuing education site inspections and familiarization trips.
  • The LVCVA recommends the guild web site when tour guide requests come to their offices.
  • LVTGG brochures are distributed to national & regional travel shows, directly and through partner associations. The information on the brochure leads the reader to visit our web site (and find you!).
  • Interesting tidbits of regional and Vegas information from our board members, educational instructors, and Facebook page create timely exchange of ideas, facts, and relevant material that you can pass on to your clients.
  • Active Facebook and Twitter pages. Check out our pages and post your pictures, comments, useful tidbits, and area updates. Your voice and expertise can and should be part of the dialogue for others to see.

Keep on traveling!

Your colleagues at the LVTGG

2018 Certified Professional Las Vegas Tour Guide Class

 

UPDATED – This class has past, watch for announcement of next class schedule

 

The LVTGG Training Committee is pleased to announce that the next Certified Professional Las Vegas Tour Guide (CPTG) Training Class will begin Sunday January 14, 2018 – and is open for registration now!

In addition to providing a proven method for tour guides to train and be tested in accurate Las Vegas knowledge and guiding skills, benefits include a low class fee and a flexible schedule designed to work with our members’ busy lives.

The class is open only to members of the guild (new members or renewing members).

Note that in order to accommodate members attending the ITMI Symposium, the previously announced start date of January 7 has been changed to January 14.

For more information, updated class dates, and to register for the class, click here: PAST DATE

Register today and receive a $25 discount off the regular class fee ($50 instead of $75)! 

Las vegas Tourist Guides Guild Certified Professional Tour Guide Training Class at the Nevada State Museum

The RJ publishes a reader quiz in conjuction with the LVTGG

The RJ, Las Vegas’s daily newspaper, published an online quiz in coordination with the LVTGG entitled “Can you pass the test to become a certified Vegas tour guide?” The quiz has 15 multiple choice and true/false questions covering a range of topics that a certified Las Vegas guide would know.

We’re excited to have been asked to participate in putting together this quiz, and know it will be good fun for our members and the community. LVTGG certified guides will likely notice that, unlike the guild’s class and testing, the RJ’s quiz doesn’t have any questions relating to the practical tour guide skills a certified Las Vegas tour guide must have, such as how to manage and speak with groups, location and transportation knowledge, working with tour companies and DMCs, and much more, but it’s all in good fun so we’ll let that slide 🙂

So, have at it LVTGG members! You can take the quiz here: Can you pass the test to become a Certified Vegas Tour Guide?

If you’ve passed the LVTGG training class, we’re expecting 100% scores from you!

If you’re interested in the LVTGG’s training program, more information can be found here. The dates of the next session have not been set, but if you express your interest, we will advise when the next class dates are scheduled. Note that one must be a member of the guild to take the class, and that tour guide experience is a necessary qualification to obtaining certification from the LVTGG.

Keep on Traveling ~ the LVTGG Training Team

Time for Fun & Learning! Tour Boost Improv Workshop – April 17, 2017

Tour Boost Improv Workshop for Tour Guides, Docents & Storytellers

Members and non-members are invited to attend the Las Vegas Tourist Guides Guild’s exceptional April continuing education event, “The Tour Boost Workshop for Tour Guides, Docents, and Storytellers,” led by “Second City” tour guide and comedian, Margaret Hicks. The workshop will be held Tuesday, April 17, 2017 in the Stratosphere Tower’s 104th floor Sunrise Room. Again, this event is open to both guild members and non-members, so invite all your friends and colleagues. RSVP is required to attend, RSVP below.

Margaret has been guiding for 10 years and is the official docent of the famed Second City Improv Theater. During this two-hour interactive seminar, Margaret provides interactive Improv Games and on-your-feet training that connects guides to their emotions while boosting presentation skills. Margaret says this workshop is not about tour content but about how to be physically and mentally present, cultivate listening skills, flexibility and gratitude, and how to share information while finding the fun in your tours.

After the workshop, we will continue with a Stratoshpere Hotel-hosted tour of the upper levels of the Stratosphere Tower, and conclude with hosted appetizers and cocktails. RSVP is a must.

To RSVP: Send an email with the Subject “Tour Boost Improv Workshop for Tour Guides, Docents & Storytellers” to thanksbabs@gmail.com or call Babs for more information – 702.370.6961.

Date: Monday, April 17, 2017, 5:00 pm
Location: Stratosphere Hotel – Sunrise Room 104th Floor
Cost: $10 for LVTGG members, $20 for non-members. BRING CASH
Tour Boost Seminar Time: 5pm to 7pm
Stratosphere Tower hosted tour and LVTGG gathering with beverage and snacks to follow: 7pm to 830pm
Directions: Use escalator near Roxy’s Diner, pass thrill rides security to VIP security, take elevator to 104th Floor. If asked, tell them you are attending the LVTGG event in the Sunrise Room
(there is no charge to access the 104th floor)
Parking: Free in self-park or tip to Valet

Clear your schedule for this valuable and entertaining training. Invite colleagues that you work with or other storytellers.
RSVP Today!

For more info about The Tour Boost workshop, see http://www.thetourboost.com/

The Tour Boost Workshop, by Margaret Hicks