NFTGA – Fall 2019 National Standard

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

Dear Member Associations,

It is with great pleasure that I present to you the 16th issue (Autumn 2019) of The National Standard, the quarterly newsletter of the National Federation of Tourist Guide Associations.

Click here for a digital copy.

As always, the NFTGA looks forward to contributions from members of all our member associations. Submission guidelines, including word limits and deadlines, are included in the masthead on Page 2 of the newsletter. The deadline for submissions to the Winter, 2020 issue is 5pm, Thursday, January 16.

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.

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

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.

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!

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

NSM Folies Bergere exhibit opening and LVTGG member gathering

The glamour, the glitz, feathers, rhinestones, tuxes and tiaras! You are cordially invited to join us this Saturday, June 11 from 2-5 PM to mingle with Las Vegas glitterati and fellow LVTGG members, and relive the showgirl glory days at the opening reception and panel discussion of the Nevada State Museum’s new Les Folies Bergere Exhibit.

The reception begins at 2 PM and the panel discussion ends at 4 PM. Afterwards, LVTGG members will have an informal non-hosted gathering at the Springs Cafe until 5 PM.

Please RSVP to Sander Smiles via email and print this page with the flier below for entry into the museum and reception. Hope to see you there!

NSM Folies Bergere Exhibit Opening flier June 11, 2016