Tour Guide usually receives P10,000 per month.
Basic Educational Requirement
To be a tour guide requires completion of a four-year degree course in social sciences, preferably a BS in Tourism. In-house training is normally conducted for those who qualify for the job.
Cost of Education*
A degree in BS Tourism in public educational institution costs around P3,500 to P 5,000. While in private colleges and universities, the tuition costs around P20,000 to P47,000 per semester.
The growth in tourist arrivals for the past recent years and the same increasing trend expected in the next five years will boost the demand for tourism services such as travel agencies, tour operators and tour guides. At present, the job of a Tour Guide is considered a critical skill: the supply cannot meet the demand of the industry. Those who undergo training can, therefore, find ample job opportunities.Tour guides may be employed in the following industries: Hotels and Restaurants; Transport, Storage and Communication; Real Estate, Renting and Business Activities; and Other Community, Social and Personal Service Activities.
Prospects for Career Advancement
Tour guides may advance to managerial positions such as Tour Manager whose job carries more responsibilities and wider scope of work. The Tour Manager manages pre-arranged touring components and acts as the principal point of reference and assistance to members of the tour groups. It is also his responsibility to look after the welfare of the group. The Tour Manager is often accompanied by a local tour guide who provides in-depth local information and assistance.
Nature of Work
A Tour Guide accompanies visitors on local tours and provides general guide services. He/She gives information on history, archeology, monuments and works of art, the environment, culture, places of interest/attractions, and any matters of interest to the visitor.
- Escorts tourists and looks after their comfort;
- Coordinates pre-arranged accommodation and transport;
- Leads tour groups, advices tour members of local interest points;
- Prepares and presents tour commentaries;
- Coordinates pre-arranged tour activities such as visits to local attractions, museums, restaurant or shops, cruises and extended tours;
- Researches on the cultural and natural heritage of an area;
- Attends to operational problems such as booking errors and amendments, lost luggage, illness, and provides first aid if needed; and
- Maintains written reports of daily activities and carries out administrative work.
Skills and Competencies
- Ability to articulate with a clear speaking voice;
- Organizational skills;
- Ability to think logically;
- Excellent communication skills;
- Excellent general knowledge of the cultural and natural heritage of an area; and
- Ability and enthusiasm in working for the public.
Physical Attributes and Characteristics
- Good health;
- Able to accept responsibility; and
- Dedicated and dependable.
* Based on 2011 rates.