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

Yes, You Need Facebook and other Social News

tour guides and social media

Maybe, just maybe THIS chart will make it sink in…. If You Want To Be a Tour Professional and want some new work in the year 2012 and beyond, you will need to be on Facebook (and other social media networks).  Case closed, shut and sealed.  Next??

When I started touring in 2005, I remember leading a group of retired Brits.  All over the age of 60.  Most were well over the age of 60.  On a day off in Phoenix, they were all sitting around the pool.  Want to guess what they were all doing??  Remember, this was 2006.  They were texting friends, family and others about their trip.  Were you texting in 2006?  If you were an American tour director, I sincerely Doubt it.

We Americans laughed it off as a “teenager thing” until about 2010.  That’s when “adults” got into it with smartphones.  Same with Facebook.  Ok, I will admit, the MySpace thing almost had us.  Thankfully we recovered and survived…  But other nations are on the Social Media bandwagon and way in head of us.  That means you.

Neglecting International Markets

Some of us at the Las Vegas Tourist Guides Guild, may only do work in Vegas and think they don’t need to be on Social Media.  You are wrong… knowing what is up in other parts of the world and having “friends” and clients in other counties can make us more marketable to the local DMC’s.

So take a look at this article on International Social Media trends:  The dangerous neglect of international hotel marketing – Do Not shrug it off just because it relates to hotels.  The information in that article is excellent for Tour Professionals.

Two Other Trends

Reading further down the article, it shows how social media has consolidated and changed over the last three years.  Yes, Facebook now rules the world.  But two other trends also are emerging.  Mobile and Local…  I know from my own Internet Marketing work, that it is growing daily.


More people are communicating via mobile devices. We saw this trend in Japan, now its coming to America.  In the websites that I manage, I am seeing an average of 23% of the traffic to the websites come from mobile devices.  (tablets, netbooks and smartphones).


This is more for the marketing.  Being where the customer is on their “soil” electronically speaking.  As in their country’s favorite domain or that country’s version of forums.

What I mean by that is a tour operator trying to attract the Canadian market should have a website hosted on a .CA Like mytourcompany.CA  (unlike America, where it’s mytourcompany.COM).

Same theory holds if you want to attract credibility from the Canadian markets.  You want to be known as a tour professional in Las Vegas for Canadians to call on??  Go to a travel or tourist forum on their domain and post. Ask questions and answer other peoples questions about Las Vegas.   As an example;  Its Canadian for Canadians.

FYI: On my tour website, I get some nice traffic from  Several inquires a month from TO’s and others looking for information.