Looking for a Las Vegas Tour Guide?

Looking for a professional tour guide while in Las Vegas?  Look no further than the Las Vegas Tourist Guides Guild.

Here, you will find a list of  dedicated professional tour guides for the Las Vegas area and the regional National Parks, as well as for over-the-road destinations.  Also, many of our members speak foreign languages, and these are listed on the Members Page and a separate foreign-language guides page.

Go For Quality!

Tour guides in Las Vegas are a dime a dozen, we know that!  Many are just part-time guides who want to make extra money and think they may know a thing or two about the location.

Don’t take that chance with your tour!  For quality, educated and informed professional Las Vegas tour guides, tour directors and event specialists, you want a Guide from The Las Vegas Tourist Guides Guild.

Many of our members have been certified as professional Las Vegas Tour Guides by the guild, meaning they have completed and passed the guild’s rigorous 8-week Las Vegas Guide training class and testing. Just ask them about it – they are proud of their achievement and it shows in the quality of their Las Vegas tours!

Whether for your Las Vegas tour group, or for a specialized Las Vegas tour during your Las Vegas vacation, a professional Las Vegas tour guide will ensure you have the best possible experience.

Hire A Trusted Professional Las Vegas Tour Guide ~

Hire your Las Vegas Tour Guide from The Las Vegas Tourist Guides Guild.

A listing of our members and their contact information can be found here.

A listing of members who have been certified via the guild’s Las Vegas Guide training program can be found here.

Members who speak various languages are listed here.

Our members look forward to showing you and your group the best of Fabulous Las Vegas!

If you have any questions or comments for the guild, please contact us.

LVTGG Tourism Event – May 21, 2014 – Tourism, Hospitality, and the Lure of the West

 

TOURISM, HOSPITALITY, AND THE LURE OF THE WEST:

HOW THE HARVEY HOUSES PAVED THE WAY FOR LAS VEGAS

 Wednesday, May 21, 2014

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Art Square Theater, 1025 S. First Street, Las Vegas, Nevada

6:00 pm – Reception and book signing, featuring authentic Harvey House inspired menu items

Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, 1017 S. First

(behind Art Square, adjacent to Mingo’s)

Free and Open to the Public

Sponsored by Nevada Humanities, the Las Vegas Tourist Guides Guild (LVTGG) and UNLV’s College of Hotel Administration, with support from UNLV’s History Department and the City of Las Vegas Historic Preservation Commission.

Vintage Harvey House postcard

Join us for a spirited panel discussion exploring how the Harvey House empire of restaurants and hotels, under the guidance of hospitality pioneer Fred Harvey, paved the way for the development of Las Vegas as a tourist destination. The panel includes:

  • Andy Kirk, moderator, UNLV Professor of Public History
  • Stephen Fried, author, Appetite for America: Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the West – one meal at a time.
  • David Schwartz, Director, UNLV’s Center for Gaming Research
  • Jan Jones, Senior Vice President of Communications and Government Affairs, Caesars Corporation; former Mayor of Las Vegas
  • Opening remarks by Dean Stowe Shoemaker, UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration

The program includes the screening of an excerpt from the recently released documentary, The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound, a film that chronicles the first significant female workforce in the US. Fred Harvey was a groundbreaking entrepreneur who established the first national chain of restaurants, hotels and book stores along the Santa Fe Rail Road from Chicago to California.

The Harvey House model of cultural travel, hospitality and culinary invention in the late 19th and early 20th centuries set the stage for a thriving industry that would invigorate the economy and culture of the West. Considered the father of hospitality, Fred Harvey was a pioneer in branding and mythologizing the west.

For more information about this program, call Richard Hooker, LVTGG, 702.592.2164

A WSJ review of Stephen Fried’s book can be found at this link.

You can view, print, and share the event flyer from this link.

The Las Vegas Tourist Guides Guild is a professional association of tour guides and travel industry professionals promoting the scope and integrity of tour guiding in Nevada. The Harvey House event, cosponsored by the Guild, is part of a series of educational and informational programs developed and presented by LVTGG in partnership with other organizations.

Bottle Ban at Grand Canyon Explained

grand canyon bottle ban explainedStarting in March, The Grand Canyon National Park will ban the sale of water packaged in individual disposable containers.

This ban comes more than a year after the original ban was announced and then put on hold after Coca-Cola complained. They bottle water under the Dasani brand and wanted to know more about why the park wanted this ban.

Under the ban, water sold in individual plastic bottles will be banned.  But soda and juices sold in plastic bottles will be allowed to be sold. (if you are thinking what I am thinking, the NPS says no)

In their place, the park has installed 10 water refilling stations around the park and at the various overlooks. This will encourage park visitors to buy refillable water containers.   The new filling stations provide free, Grand Canyon spring water from the park’s approved water supply, located at Roaring Springs.

Bring Your Own Water

The ban is for water sales inside the park only.  We are still allowed to bring in our own bottled water, just to please remind our guests to dispose of them properly.

Refill Here

The new South Rim filling stations are equipped to provide year-round access to water and are located at:

  • Hermits Rest (located near the other public amenities)
  • Bright Angel and South Kaibab Trailheads
  • Canyon Village and Desert View Marketplaces
  • Yavapai Geology Museum
  • Grand Canyon, Verkamp’s and Desert View Visitor Centers
  • Maswik Lodge (in the cafeteria).

water filling at the grand canyon
More information can be found here: NPS.GOV