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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

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 

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

Beware of scams directed to tour guides

Colleagues,

This post is to provide insight into fraudulent attempts, via the internet, to scam tour guides. Of course, do continue to receive, communicate with, and accept contract work with individuals requesting your tour guiding service via the internet, but be cautious. Look for red flags that give you concern that the pending project may be a scam.

Some of you may have read my November 24 post to the LVTGG Facebook page suggesting that members and colleagues do not communicate, contract or accept funds to provide service to Mr. Ranger.

I communicate by email with many prospects who submit inquiries to my websites. On occasion I am asked if I will accept credit card payments in excess of my service fee, then return the excess deposit by check. I inform the prospect that I do not accept credit cards, and if I did I would only accept the amount of my service.

Some weeks ago I received a request for service in November. A range of dates was furnished by the prospect during his extended stay in Las Vegas. We agreed on two full days of touring with the prospect and his three quests. By email I provided suggested itineraries, my rate, a list of client responsibilities, and instruction to mail me a non-refundable deposit.

Everything proceeded without concern until I received a Priority Mail envelope containing only a cashier check. There was no note explaining who sent the envelope, and the check. I researched my pending project proposal file, but could not match the amount of the check with any correspondence. I researched emails received while I was traveling, and found correspondence that matched a prospect name in my pending project proposal file.

I emailed the prospect and acknowledged that I received the deposit he cited in earlier correspondence. He proceeded to explain why the envelope contained a cashier check greater than the amount I requested. He related that he instructed an individual to go to the bank and purchase two cashier checks, one in the amount of our contract for two full day tours, and another for $XXXX.XX. I was told the individual made a mistake and purchased one cashier check in the amount of the $XXXX.XX and mailed it to me.

The prospect requested me to deposit the cashier check, then send a check, excluding my contract service fee plus $50 to cover shipping, to a sibling via FedEx. I informed the prospect that I will return his cashier check, and he can pay me cash on the first day of his scheduled tour. He again requested me to deposit the check, insisting that it would clear within a couple days and I could then send money to his sibling. I informed the prospect that I would not send money to anyone until the check cleared my bank.

I deposited the cashier check, and four days later I received notice from my bank that the check was not negotiable, and that they adjusted my bank account accordingly, plus a return check fee. Immediately I emailed the prospect, notified him that the cashier check was not negotiable; that I would confer with the Attorney General of the State of Nevada; and that I would not be at the designated hotel on the day agreed to provide tour guiding service to him and his guests. I did not receive a reply to my email.

I have since learned that software is available for anyone to print cashier checks. I, and I presume many others, have believed that cashier checks are negotiable because they are issued after cash is delivered to a bank teller. Question, if cashier checks can be printed, can the same be true for money orders? Discussion with a bank employee suggests that Western Union or a bank Transfer of Funds (domestic or international) may be a safer route.

Please exercise caution. The majority of contacts received via the internet are legitimate. Remain professional in all communication. If you become concerned, it may be best to inform the prospect that you have a conflict and are no longer available to provide service.

Art Chesmore, CPTG