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Tour Director

Job summary:.

The Tour Director will organize, coordinate, conduct, and accompany clients on various travel experiences such as guided tours and expeditions.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Duties/responsibilities:.

  • Manages and organizes tours, excursions, and expeditions; produces a daily itinerary; and ensures tour members are accounted for, on time, and accompanied throughout the day.
  • Arranges safe travel to the destination.
  • Escorts customers to and through points of interest; provides information on sights, locations, and routes of the tour.
  • Plans sufficient rest stops along the tour and, as practical, coordinates stops to occur at interesting locations.
  • Notifies and/or makes advance arrangements with vendors and service providers along the tour route as needed to accommodate the groups needs.
  • Modifies schedules and plans as required due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.
  • Prepares tour reports outlining successes, difficulties, and customer reactions to each segment of the tour; offers recommendations for improvements as appropriate.
  • Handles emergencies according to established company policy.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Thorough understanding and knowledge of tour area including information related to its history, geography, scenic attractions, or other areas of interest.
  • Ability to communicate with local authorities and service providers.
  • Ability to provide tours that are clear, informative, and entertaining.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills with proven ability to improvise when unexpected problems or emergencies arise.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.

Education and Experience:

  • High school diploma or equivalent required; Bachelors degree in History or Geography desired.
  • Extensive travel experience preferred.

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer at times.
  • Must be able to explore all sites and participate in all tour activities.
  • Must be able to lift up to 30 pounds at a time.
  • Must be able to assist tour participants with physical disabilities.

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What is a tour director and when should you hire one

Carla Vianna

Not every tour or attraction needs a tour director. Yet if you’re wondering whether your business might benefit from hiring one, you’ve landed in the right place.

A tour director is akin to an orchestra conductor; while the latter brings a musical performance to life, a tour director ensures that a tour, trip, or attraction visit happens successfully. Both juggle the multiple components that make up the final experience.

For a tour director, this may include a series of travel logistics like accommodation, transportation, guest requests, or other tasks depending on the activity.

What’s the difference between a tour guide and a tour director and when does it make sense to hire one? You’re about to find out.

What is a tour director?

A tour director is like the conductor of a travel experience. They may be leading a multi-day group trip, guiding guests around a park, or running the show on a sightseeing bus excursion.

It’s a role that won’t be impacted by AI-powered travel planning tools like ChatGPT . This is because tour directors are the soldiers on the ground, who ensure that the travel experience runs smoothly. It’s their job to turn a tour or attraction visit into a well-orchestrated adventure.

When it comes to educational tours or multi-day trips, these travel professionals play a vital role in enhancing the guest experience.

Tour director role

At the heart of it, a tour director is the point-person in charge of a travel experience.

They manage the nitty-gritty details, from coordinating transportation and accommodations to handling unexpected hiccups. Their responsibilities span from guiding groups through attractions to sharing interesting facts about destinations.

The tour director’s role is similar to that of a tour guide, although it may carry more responsibility. For example, a tour guide might lead a walking tour around a city, while a tour director may oversee a group trip that lasts multiple days or even weeks. A tour director, then, may hire tour guides to enhance specific parts of a trip, such as a guided museum visit.

A tour director makes an average salary of about $52,000 per year , plus an additional $15,000 or so in cash bonuses, commissions, tips, and profit sharing. Freelancers may earn an average hourly rate of $26 , with the majority making between $12 to $39 per hour.

Tour director responsibilities

Tour directors wear many hats, all of which make an exceptional travel experience possible. They become the go-to person for both travelers and visitors, ensuring everyone is on the same page.

Their responsibilities may encompass:

  • Itinerary planning
  • Ensuring smooth transportation
  • Setting up accommodation
  • Connecting with local tour operators, restaurants, and other partners 
  • Managing group dynamics
  • Delivering informative and engaging commentary
  • Solving problems like delays, guest emergencies, or lost baggage

Tour director required skills 

A successful tour director needs a balanced mix of hard and soft skills. On the technical side, they should have a solid grasp of itinerary planning, safety protocols, and local regulations. Equally important are the soft skills — excellent communication, adaptability, and people skills.

Required hard skills

  • Itinerary planning: A tour director must be adept at crafting well-organized and engaging travel schedules that cover all planned activities.
  • Local knowledge: In-depth understanding of the destinations they cover, including historical context, cultural highlights, and hidden gems.
  • Logistics management: Proficiency in coordinating transportation, accommodations, and any necessary reservations.
  • Emergency preparedness: Ability to handle unexpected situations and emergencies, ensuring the safety and well-being of travelers.
  • Language proficiency: Depending on the tour’s destination, fluency in relevant languages can be a great plus.
  • Technical know-how: Familiarity with relevant technology for communication, bookings, and travel coordination.

Required soft skills

  • Effective communication: Exceptional verbal and written communication skills to engage and inform groups of travelers.
  • Cultural sensitivity: Ability to navigate cultural nuances and respect diverse backgrounds.
  • Problem-solving: Quick thinking and adaptability to resolve unexpected challenges and ensure a smooth experience.
  • Leadership: Confidence in guiding and leading groups, while maintaining a positive attitude.
  • Flexibility: Understanding that you may need to quickly adapt to changing situations, weather conditions, and last-minute adjustments.
  • People skills: Tour directors should have a friendly and approachable personality, making guests feel at ease as soon as they arrive.
  • Attention to detail: The organizational skills to keep track of every aspect of the journey and ensure that each step is well-executed.
  • Time management: Effective time management to keep the experience on schedule and ensure all activities are covered.
  • Conflict resolution: Skill in addressing and mediating conflicts that may arise among guests.
  • Public speaking: Confidence in public speaking to engage groups during sightseeing and educational sessions.

Qualities that set apart exceptional tour directors

  • Passion for travel: A genuine love for exploring new places and sharing that enthusiasm with travelers.
  • Enthusiasm: The ability to maintain a positive and energetic attitude, even during long and demanding tours.
  • Skilled storyteller: Ability to weave interesting anecdotes and stories that engage guests and help them better understand the destinations.
  • Empathy: An innate ability to understand and connect with guests on a personal level, making them feel valued.
  • Cultural curiosity: An eagerness to learn about different cultures and share that knowledge with guests.
  • Patience: The ability to stay cool, calm, and collected, especially when handling unforeseen disruptions or addressing travelers’ questions.

Training and certifications that can set apart tour directors

There are special certification programs that can elevate a tour director’s credibility, like the ones offered by The Trip School and the International Tour Management Institute .

Enrolling in language courses can also be very beneficial, especially if the tour director works in destinations with different languages. On that note, attending workshops that focus on cultural sensitivity and diversity can enhance interactions with travelers from various backgrounds.

When to hire a Tour Director

So, when does it make sense to bring a tour director on board?

If you’re dealing with larger groups or planning complex itineraries, a tour director can be a game-changer. As group size increases, the tour director becomes the point person in charge, ensuring the experience runs smoothly.

Tour directors are also invaluable for international trips where language barriers and cultural nuances come into play. The more complex the destination, the more valuable a tour director’s expertise becomes — especially hiring a local one. The tour director will also manage local guides and transportation, elevating the experience through strategic, on-the-ground partnerships.

If a trip features educational, historical, or cultural tours, a tour director’s expertise can always bring depth to the experience.

7 examples of tour director job ads 

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1. Tour director for Holiday Vacations

Holiday Vacations, a Wisconsin-based tour company, offers inclusive guided tours to more than 65 destinations around the world. The company is hiring a tour director who will become the main point of contact for guests throughout their vacation.

As you can see in the description below, the company does a wonderful job describing the role. Holiday Vacations is looking for someone who will guide groups of travelers on multiple-day trips, including through airports, restaurants, attractions, and in and out of hotels.

tour director for holiday vacations

The company specifies that directors are expected to be available during the peak season and that each trip typically averages nine to 14 days in length. Moreso, the job description goes on to list the benefits offered with this role, which include health insurance and a 401(k) plan.

Overall, the highly detailed job description will ensure that the right people apply for the job.

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2. Freelance tour director for EF

EF is hiring a tour director to lead students and teachers from North America on educational trips around the world.

The company begins the job listing with three quick bullet points that will automatically identify who should or shouldn’t apply for the job. The “Does this sound like you” prompt is a great way to attract the right audience to your job listing. As you can see below, EF is looking for freelance candidates that enjoy meeting new people, thrive in an ever-changing environment, and are passionate about educating young travelers.

Freelance tour directors are flexible in their availability, which can be a plus for seasonal tour operations. Hiring a freelancer vs. a full-time director can also be more cost effective, as you’re not required to offer a full-time salary or benefits.

However, freelancers may not always be available when you need them. In this case, full-time directors can provide more consistent service. Full-time employees are also more likely to feel more committed and develop company loyalty, which can lead to a better customer experience for guests.

Freelance tour director for EF

EF also focuses on the kind of applicant they’re looking for in the role description — including someone with “great organizational and interpersonal skills” who can manage tour logistics and lead educational activities.

Freelance tour director for EF 2

Rather than describing what the day-to-day of a tour director might be like, EF includes a link to a YouTube video instead. The video spotlights one of their tour directors, Carrie, as she reflects on her experience leading a trip. This is a great way to attract applicants, as it gives them a more engaging and visual representation of what the role is like.

3. Tour director at Grand Circle Corporation

Grand Circle Corporation posted a job listing looking for tour directors to lead specific trips in North America. At the top of the job listing, the company gives applicants a clear idea of the destinations and itineraries they’d be running. In this case, it’s a trip to Alaska and two itineraries focused on National Parks.

Tour director at Grand Circle Corporation

This way, applicants can quickly decide if they’re interested and/or qualify for the job. Grand Circle requires tour directors to have three to five years of experience leading tours in the destination, meaning that only tour directors with extensive knowledge of Alaska and the relevant National Parks can apply.

4. Tour director at Allied

Arrow Stage Lines has a sister company called Allied, which runs motorcoach, air, rail, and cruise tours. Allied offers public and private tours, departing from Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa.

The tour director job description points out the most important aspects of the role:

  • Must live in Nebraska or Iowa
  • It’s part-time and seasonal
  • The busiest time of the year is September and October
  • Tour directors take on 3 to 4 trips per year
  • Experience is very beneficial but not necessary (training will be provided)

The following details give applicants a clear idea of whether or not they qualify for the role.

Tour director at Allied

5. Intrepid tour leader

Intrepid, a group trip operator, created a job listing for a tour leader in Spain — specifically, someone who will help their customers “fall in love with their destination by immersing them in your local culture and exposing them to true real-life experiences.”

The tour company uses descriptive language to demonstrate the kind of candidate they’re looking for. For example, the job listing states that candidates should have an interest in giving back to their local community.

Intrepid tour leader

Intrepid also makes it easy for candidates to skim through requirements by listing them out in bullet points, as you can see above.

6. Tauck tour director

Tauck, an all-inclusive vacation operator, hires tour directors on a rolling basis. The job listing above differs from others on this list as it leads with the estimated salary and benefits — two of the most important factors for applicants.

Tauck tour director

Under the job description, Tauck explains that the job listing doesn’t mean a position is immediately available. Rather, the company accepts resumes on a year-round basis and contacts applicants as opportunities arise. The company’s transparency tells applicants what to expect after they apply.

Tauck tour director 2

7. Brazil tour leader for Ventura Travel

Ventura Travel is a Germany-based tour company offering travel experiences in South America. In its job listing for a Brazil tour director , the company states that the candidate will serve as a host, day-to-day guide, and interpreter for groups of senior travelers during weekslong trips.

Ventura breaks down the role into daily tasks — like expense tracking and maintaining the itinerary — which gives a well-rounded view of what the job will require.

Brazil tour leader for Ventura Travel

Also of note is a section of the job listing where the company states, “You can impress us even more with,” followed by a couple of qualities that will set candidates apart, such as previous experience in Brazil. Calling out specific qualities ensures the job listing reaches specific candidates that are a perfect fit for the job.

How to vet tour director candidates  

When evaluating tour director candidates, here are a few considerations to keep in mind:

  • Relevant experience: Examine their work history, focusing on roles that involve leadership, customer service, and travel-related responsibilities. Specifically, look for experience in managing groups of varying sizes and demographics.
  • Test their communication skills: Evaluate their ability to articulate information clearly, engage with diverse groups, and handle unexpected situations. Place them in a group setting and see how well they interact with guests.
  • Evaluate their problem-solving abilities: Present them with examples of things that could go wrong on a tour and observe how they’d handle the situation.
  • Cultural sensitivity: Present them with a survey or exam that gauges their understanding of diverse cultures and customs.
  • Passion: Seek candidates who genuinely love travel and sharing their knowledge. Ask them about their favorite country: Do their eyes light up when they talk about it?

A tour director can enhance the quality of your tour or attraction and leave a lasting impact on your visitors. With a blend of skills, passion, and expertise, they ensure that every journey is memorable and hassle-free.

Writer Carla Vianna

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Tour Manager Job Description

Tour managers direct all logistical activities that underpin extensive entertainment-related trips. Prominent tasks include generating itineraries, securing amenities, and conferring with collaborators.

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We are searching for a meticulously organized and budget-conscious tour manager to direct all logistical trip-related procedures. The tour manager should craft comprehensive itineraries and book applicable services, and also liaise with vested figures. You should also oversee visa applications within a good time.

To ensure success as a tour manager, you should exhibit financial savviness and thoughtfulness about forecasted movements. Ultimately, a sublime tour manager should offer steady emotional and practical aid.

Tour Manager Responsibilities:

  • Planning and disseminating in-depth itineraries.
  • Booking transport, accommodation, and adjacent services.
  • Directing visa application processes.
  • Collaborating with security staff, marketers, and venue operations teams.
  • Shipping requisite equipment to pertinent locations.
  • Remaining highly accessible to stakeholders.
  • Completing client-requested errands, within reason.
  • Managing allotted finances.

Tour Manager Requirements:

  • High school diploma.
  • Demonstrable experience as a tour manager or similar.
  • Formal training in events coordination is ideal.
  • Security-conscious and highly professional.
  • Comfortable managing high-budget tours.
  • Polished logistical and problem-solving methods.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to alleviate the taxing emotions engendered by touring.

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What is a Tour Manager and what do they do?

As long as artists continue recording and releasing their music, there will always be live music performance and touring - locally, domestically, and internationally.

And with touring comes the need for one of the most important jobs in the live music industry - tour management.

This article will help you clarify who a tour manager is and what they do on a daily basis.

What is a Tour Manager?

Our definition of a tour manager is:

A non gender specific person who travels city to city with an artist, author, speaker, crew, or other VIP to manage their travel, income, expenses, touring personnel, media interactions, and to help facilitate anything else necessary to execute each show or event. (For the sake of this article, we’ll assume the tour manager is working with a musical artist to execute a live show)

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At the most basic level, a tour manager is simply the person who handles or oversees almost every aspect of the lives and routines of musicians and bands while they are on tour. In other words, a tour manager ‘runs the show’ while the band is on the road.

Tour managers travel with the artist to ensure that the tour operates smoothly and punctually without unnecessary hiccups and problems. Tour managers typically work as independent contractors offering their services to different artists each year, but some have been known to stick with only one artist for the entirety of their career.

What are the Specific Jobs of a Tour Manager?

The tour manager handles both administrative and organizational duties, and to make sure everyone is satisfied, may even take care of the personal issues of other crew members or artists on tour.

The job of a tour manager can involve event coordination, accounting, travel and logistics coordination, operations, merchandise sales and ticketing settlement, human resources, and sometimes tour managers can even take on the role of a personal assistant. To be a good tour manager, one needs to be detail oriented, but also able to see the full vision of what the artist is trying to create.

Because a lot of the characteristics of tour manager transfer over to artist management, there are cases where the tour manager also doubles as the band manager. Often on smaller tours, the tour manager may be acting in a double role as not only a tour manager, but also a sound engineer, a driver, a merchandise manager, or other crew position.

Some specific responsibilities of a tour manager may include:

Creating a tour budget

Advancing and preparing all the details for each show

Securing and managing of all income and expenses during the tour

Overseeing other production elements like lighting, sound, publicity, and even selling of merchandise during the tour

Booking and coordinating all ground transportation, flights, hotels

Overseeing or directly handling the transportation of all VIPs and crew

Creating a security plan for each venue and public appearance

Working closely with publicists, show promoters, venue managers, ticketing agencies, etc.

Ability to solve extreme problems. Like unexpected issues that may arise during touring - (medical, security, travel, contractual)

Leading a team of varying size to execute each event

On larger or longer tours, the duties above may be shared between two or more people.

Completely outlining the specific duties of a tour manager can be near impossible as there are countless scenarios on the road that beg the tour manager's attention.

Ultimately, the job of the tour manager is to make sure that everyone, including the artist, is okay and happy while on the road. Tour management can be both fun and stressful, but can also be very rewarding as it is crucial to the success of an artist’s touring career.

In our How to be a Tour Manager online course we teach our students that though there are so many tasks a tour manager has to accomplish, there is one thing you must do first.

You have to take care of yourself before you take care of others. Just like on a plane when you put your mask on first before helping others - same concept. Your mental health is extremely important, and denying self care on the road is a recipe for a quick death to your career.

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What is a tour director and how to become one

A tour director plans and leads tours, both domestically and internationally, for groups of all sizes. They conduct research to develop tour routes and scripts, often specializing in specific regions like Southern California, Great Britain, or Las Vegas. Tour directors coordinate logistics, manage budgets, and maintain relationships with suppliers such as hotels and local attractions. They also engage with guests, providing customer service and sharing historical and regional knowledge. Some tour directors focus on specific types of tours, like cultural and educational tours, while others work on events like national Fiber-One tours or PGA Tour promotions. In all cases, a tour director aims to provide a smooth, enjoyable, and informative experience for their guests.

How long does it takes to become a tour director?

It typically takes 1-2 years to become a tour director:

  • Year 1: Gaining necessary work experience, such as customer service, public speaking, and time management skills.
  • Year 2: Completing on-site training for 1-3 months, covering topics such as tour planning, logistics, and safety procedures. Simultaneously, accumulating more work experience in tour guiding and customer service.

Avg. Salary $49,279

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Tour Director career paths

A tour director can advance their career by moving into roles like a director of sales or an executive director. They could also consider leadership positions, such as vice president or a board of directors member.

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Explore tour director education requirements.

The educational requirements for a tour director are diverse, ranging from no formal education to a bachelor's degree. According to the data, 45.84% of tour directors hold a high school diploma, while 22.03% have an associate degree. A smaller percentage, 5.7%, have earned a bachelor's degree.

When it comes to certifications, tour directors often pursue programs such as Certified Tour Professional, Certified Tour Guide/Director, and Travel and Tourism Professional. Common majors for tour directors include Business, Hospitality Management, Communication, Psychology, and English. Notably, top universities for this field are the University of Southern California, San Diego State University, Boston University, New York University, and Howard University.

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A tour director's key skills include planning and coordinating tours, managing logistics, and maintaining relationships with suppliers. They are also responsible for educating and entertaining groups of guests, often with region-specific commentary and storytelling.

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Research tour director duties and responsibilities.

A tour director's main responsibilities include conducting tours, traveling to different locations, and providing direction on customer relations. They also design tour routes, research history for tour guide scripts, and write the verbatim scripts for the tour guides. Tour directors also handle logistics, manage budgets, and coordinate travel arrangements for artists, bands, and tour crews.

  • Cover all national shows, obtain credentials, VIP tables, parking as appropriate, manage meet and greets, etc.
  • Manage communication and event preparation with partners, venues, artists, and staff ensuring logistical requirements are manage effectively.
  • Perform administrative cruise staff duties when not acting as in-house DJ.
  • Develop, organize, and execute group and personalize VIP tour programs in Russian.

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Now it's time to start searching for a tour director job. Consider the tips below for a successful job search:

  • Browse job boards for relevant postings
  • Consult your professional network
  • Reach out to companies you're interested in working for directly
  • Watch out for job scams

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Maybe you’ve been working as a tour guide for years and you’re ready to take it to the next level — perhaps you’re looking into how to become a tour director.

Or you’re just starting out in the tour industry and dreaming about where you could take your career. Either way, being a tour director is a job like no other. 

You’ll wow guests with your storytelling skills, sharing your knowledge of the best spots in town and helping people tick items off their bucket lists. All this while traveling the world and making a living for yourself outside of the typical 9 to 5. 

But being a tour director is much more than being a tour guide — and getting a job as one is no easy feat. 

We’ll dive into the difference between a tour guide and a tour director, what skills and qualifications you need to become a tour director and share a step-by-step guide to help you land your first job as one. 

Why consider becoming a tour director

Tour guides and tour directors share some similarities. While a tour guide might lead a group around a city, national park, or venue for a few hours, a tour director’s responsibility takes on a new level.

Tour directors lead groups over several days or even weeks, taking them to multiple destinations.

As a tour director, you’ll have many of the same responsibilities as a tour guide including: 

  • Guiding guests around a venue, site, or nature spot or on an activity 
  • Engaging the group and sharing information in a fun way 
  • Making sure everyone stays safe and together 
  • Expert knowledge of the local area and destinations en route

Of course, roles will vary for different tour operators. While a tour guide is responsible for staying with a group on a multi-day tour, a tour director takes on additional logistic and management responsibilities.

Typically, as a tour director, you’ll also be responsible for: 

  • Creating and/or providing any step-on guides to make sure the whole trip runs smoothly
  • Connecting with accommodation providers, fellow tour operators and restauranteurs
  • Email and/or phone communication with guests in advance of each trip
  • Planning activity duration along with start/end times, and when guests can enjoy some free time
  • Being available to guests (most likely 24/7) to answer questions and respond to emergencies
  • Solving problems — like delayed transport, a closed venue, or guests leaving medication at last night’s hotel
  • Transporting guests to different places or overseeing this transportation 
  • Staying on top of travel arrangements and keeping all plans on schedule

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What does a Tour Director do

A tour director leads a group of travelers on a trip that could last anywhere from two days to several weeks. Along the way, you’ll visit multiple sites, most likely a range of historical, cultural, and nature sites, doing tours and activities at each one. 

You may lead these tours yourself, and local tour guides (also called “step-on guides”) might join for portions of the trip. Local tour guides bring an insider’s perspective to a neighbourhood walking tour or expertise on a particular topic. 

For example, on a 10-day trip around northern Italy, a local artist might lead a street art tour on one of the days and an expert sommelier may talk the group through a wine tasting on another day, then it’s back to you.

While some multi-day tours might be booked out by one group — like 20 family members getting together for a yearly reunion — you’ll most likely be leading a group of mostly strangers, helping them bond as you all travel together. 

You can be hired as a full-time employee for one tour operator or as a contractor. So, the work can be flexible and you can decide how many tours you lead each year. 

How Much Do Tour Directors Make? 

According to Glassdoor , the average salary for a tour director in the United States is US$47,011, in Canada, it’s CAD$86,090, and in the United Kingdom, it’s £54,102.

But that salary can vary. It all depends on where in the world you work, how many responsibilities you take on during the trip, and whether you’re an employee, contractor, or tour director for your own business.  

What Skills Do You Need to Become a Tour Director

Many skills of a tour guide are the same as those needed to be a great tour director. But here are the ones you’ll need to hone in particular: 

1. Customer service

You’ll be dealing with guests day in, day out. You’ll need to be friendly, charming, and approachable, even when it feels like everything is going wrong. 

2. Public speaking

You’ll need confidence speaking in front of large groups and the ability to capture people’s attention and tell a great story.

You’ll need to learn how to write a tour guide script and come up with the funny things tour guides say by cracking a joke or two along the way. 

3. Organization

There are a lot of moving parts to consider. Your role guiding parts of the trip will be getting people from point A to B, working with step-on guides and multiple stops on the route.

You need to keep the whole trip moving on time, too. After all, you’ve got other activities planned! 

4. People skills

You’ll need to bring together different personalities from around the world and adapt your guiding style to suit the group.

You’ll also be dealing with accommodation owners, restaurants, tour activities, venues, step-on guides, and drivers. It’s a lot of people to manage and you’ll have to be able to stay on top of communications. 

5. Leadership

Guests need to feel like their tour director has each situation under control. Ideally, you want guests to respect arrival and departure times. And it’s up to you to keep morale high when activities get sidetracked while managing group dynamics.

6. Problem-solving

Plenty of things can go wrong: a guest gets sick, the weather rains off your vineyard tour, and the coach breaks down.

You need to be quick on your feet and flexible, managing the guests’ expectations while finding solutions to keep the tour moving. All while being calm and good-tempered despite any hurdles you come across. 

7. Passion for the industry

Guests want a tour director who’s excited about what they’re doing — even if they’ve been on the road for three months straight. You’ll also love to keep learning interesting information to share with guests and new ways to share it.

8. Comfortable being on the road

While a tour guide probably sleeps in their own bed each night, as a tour director, you might be on the road for weeks at a time, stringing together long tours back-to-back. 

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What Qualifications Do You Need to Become a Tour Director

While many tour directors have a Bachelor’s degree, you don’t need one to break into the industry. A high school diploma may be enough depending on the tour operator you want to work for. 

Degrees in business administration or tourism management are particularly useful, and you can even do tour guide training programs and specific training in tour directing from private companies. 

Qualifications in common tour activities — like quad bike guiding or wine tasting — will make you stand out to tour operators who offer those types of tours. 

You should also look into whether you need a tour guiding or directing license. This all depends on where you work. While some cities require you to get a license and pass an exam, others have no requirements at all.

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How to Become a Tour Director: A Step-by-Step Guide 

Convinced this is the career for you? Here’s how to make it happen. 

Step 1: Build Your Skills as a Tour Guide or Through Other Jobs 

As we’ve said, a tour director will be responsible for a lot of things, being both customer-facing and in charge of keeping things moving behind the scenes. The more you can build the skills needed for the job, the better. 

The best way to do this is by working as a tour guide. You’ll get hands-on experience guiding guests, speaking about an area or venue, and keeping groups safe and engaged. Try guiding different types of tours (think food, history, and outdoor activities) to get a range of experience for your resume.  

Even if you haven’t worked as a tour guide, you can build your skills through other jobs. Hospitality and events opportunities along with teaching jobs (especially if you volunteer to run a student trip) can build skills in leading and managing groups. 

Step 2: Consider Training and Licenses 

Consider getting some training in tour directing. You can look into local college courses or invest in an online course or in-person training. Doing so will not only build your skills, but it’ll also help you stand out from other applicants, especially if you don’t have much tour guiding experience. 

There are plenty of companies offering tour guide training programs , but also some offering training for tour directors specifically, such as: 

  • The International Tour Management Institute offers a tour director course and certification through online learning and in-person training in California
  • The International Guide Academy offers tour director courses in Denver, Fort Lauderdale, and onboard a cruise ship.
  • TripSchool offer online and in-person tour director and guide training 

Plus, you should consider any licenses needed to work in your country, as well as those needed to drive vehicles or teach adventure sports, which will help you stand out to tour operators. 

Step 3: Prepare Your Resume, Cover Letter, and Video Introduction  

Tour director hiring is very different to tour guide hiring . Tour operators will be looking for many of the same things — personality, people skills, reliability — but they’ll also need to see if you can guide guests over longer trips. 

But how do you show that without meeting a tour operator in person? Here’s what to consider when applying for tour director jobs. On your application:

  • Include interests and hobbies:  of course travel is one of these, but what else? Tell the tour operator about your love for architecture, rafting, or modern art, especially if they offer tours related to that topic.
  • Include a photo: it’s a customer-facing role afterall. Make sure you look friendly yet professional, and the photo is high-quality and clear.
  • Keep it short: Keep your resume concise and to one page. 
  • Include extra skills: Don’t forget to include any languages you speak or if you hold multiple passports — especially if the tour operator offers international tours. 

And when crafting your cover letter: 

  • Let your personality shine through: don’t just repeat what’s on your resume. Add more personality and share why you’d be great for this role.
  • Mention past employers wisely: If you mention tour operators you’ve worked for in the past, remember it’s a small industry. The company you’re applying to may know them and reach out for a reference, so only include them only if they have nice things to say about you. 
  • Tailor it to the job and tour operator you’re applying to : if the tour operator mainly runs student tours, for example, talk about how you can engage a group of rowdy kids or make history fun for young people with your lively storytelling 
  • Keep it short: around two to three paragraphs should be enough. 

Video introduction

While not every tour operator will require a video, more tour companies are requesting it as part of the hiring process. A video introduction allows you to introduce yourself, share more about your skills, and offer an anecdote about your experience that demonstrates why you’re the right person for the job. 

The benefits of video introductions are that tour operators can see your personality beyond what they can absorb from your resume and cover letter. Plus, you’ll have a better chance to showcase your confidence, humour, and speaking skills. 

Some tips for video introductions: 

  • Keep it short: one to two minutes maximum. 
  • Write a script beforehand:  this will reduce the chance of stumbling over your words, going off on a tangent, or your mind going blank. 
  • Record yourself and watch it back: are you speaking too robotically or too fast? Are you smiling? Are you standing in the shadows? Is your brightly coloured checkered sweater too distracting? 
  • Film in the right spot: make sure it isn’t too noisy, or dark, and you don’t have a distracting background.
  • Consider investing in a phone microphone: this will help to improve the sound quality. 
  • Skip the selfie angle: ask a trusted family member or friend to film you or use a tripod.

Step 4: Look for Tour Director Jobs 

There are a few different places you can find tour director jobs: 

Online Job Boards 

Search online job boards like Glassdoor , LinkedIn , and Indeed , as well as travel job boards like Travel Massive , GoAbroad , and Coolworks . You can also check tour operator websites for job openings. 

Hiring Conferences

Search for upcoming hiring conferences and grab yourself a ticket. For example, the International Association of Tour Directors & Guides has a hiring event where you can interview multiple tour operators as well as attend educational talks. 

Prepare some business cards and copies of your resume to take with you to these types of events, even if you don’t have interviews lined up. After all, you never know who you’re going to bump into! 

Online Groups and Networking

Online communities and social media groups in the tour industry are great for meeting people, but they’re also a gold mine for finding jobs. Tour director jobs may be shared directly in these groups, or you can reach out to your connections to see if anyone knows of a company that’s hiring. 

Contact your local tour guide guild to see if they can connect you with tour operators looking for tour directors. And be sure to reach out to any tour director or tour guide friends to let them know you’re looking for a job. You never know who is connected to who. 

Reach Out to Tour Operators

Be proactive in your search and reach out to tour operators to ask if they’re hiring any tour directors. If peak travel season is coming up, they may well be. And if not, they might keep your resume on file and get in touch at a later date when they do need a tour director. 

Final thoughts 

Becoming a tour director may seem like a daunting challenge. But by building the right skills and experience, preparing your application materials, and knowing where to look for jobs — you can land your dream job. 

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Tour Director Job Description Template for Job Postings

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Being a tour director is a unique and dynamic job that requires a specific set of skills and expertise. They are responsible for coordinating and leading tours, ensuring a memorable and enjoyable experience for travelers. With the tourism industry steadily growing, the demand for talented tour directors is on the rise.

Tour Director Job Description

As the linchpin of a successful tour, the Tour Director assumes the responsibility of overseeing and managing every facet, ensuring a seamless and fulfilling experience for travelers. Serving as the primary point of contact for the tour group, they offer guidance, information, and unwavering support throughout the entire journey. The role of a Tour Director demands a skill set encompassing excellent organizational and communication abilities, coupled with an in-depth knowledge of the destinations and activities integral to the tour.

Tour Director Responsibilities

  • Plan and coordinate all aspects of the tour, including accommodations, transportation, activities, and meals, to ensure a seamless and enjoyable experience for the travelers.
  • Conduct thorough research on the tour destinations to provide detailed and accurate information to the travelers, including historical and cultural insights, local customs, and safety precautions.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for the tour group, addressing any questions, concerns, or issues that may arise during the tour.
  • Provide informative and engaging commentary throughout the tour, sharing interesting facts and stories about the destinations and attractions.
  • Manage the logistics of the tour, including coordinating with local suppliers, ensuring timely arrivals and departures, and managing the itinerary to ensure all activities are executed as planned.
  • Handle any unforeseen circumstances or emergencies that may occur during the tour, such as changes in weather, transportation delays, or medical emergencies, while maintaining a calm and professional demeanor.
  • Foster a positive and inclusive group dynamic, encouraging interaction among the travelers and creating a welcoming and enjoyable environment for all participants.
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date records and reports related to the tour, including attendance, expenses, and feedback from the travelers.
  • Stay updated on industry trends, new destinations, and attractions to continually enhance the tour offerings and provide a unique and memorable experience for the travelers.
  • Collaborate with other members of the tour company, including tour guides, drivers, and administrative staff, to ensure efficient operations and a high level of customer satisfaction.

Tour Director Required Skills

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to effectively interact with travelers from diverse backgrounds and address their needs and concerns.
  • Strong organizational and multitasking abilities to manage multiple tour components simultaneously and ensure everything runs smoothly.
  • In-depth knowledge of the tour destinations, including historical, cultural, and geographical information, to provide accurate and engaging commentary and answer travelers' questions.
  • Exceptional problem-solving and decision-making skills to handle unforeseen circumstances and emergencies with composure and efficiency.
  • Excellent leadership skills to guide and motivate the tour group, while also fostering a positive and inclusive group dynamic.
  • Proficiency in time management to adhere to schedules and deadlines, ensuring all activities and visits are completed as planned.
  • Strong customer service skills to provide exceptional support and assistance to travelers, ensuring their satisfaction and a memorable experience.
  • Flexibility and adaptability to adjust plans and itineraries based on weather conditions, traveler preferences, or unforeseen circumstances.
  • Proficiency in using technology, including GPS systems, communication devices, and travel management software, to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the tour.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Tourism, Hospitality, or a related field preferred.
  • Proven experience as a Tour Director or in a similar role, demonstrating successful management of tours and customer satisfaction.
  • Extensive knowledge of the tour destinations, including historical and cultural aspects.
  • Fluent in multiple languages, particularly those commonly spoken in the tour destinations, is a plus.
  • CPR and First Aid certification is preferred.
  • Willingness to travel extensively and work irregular hours, including weekends and holidays, as required by the tour schedule.
  • Excellent physical fitness and stamina to handle the demands of leading tours, including walking long distances and carrying heavy equipment if necessary.
  • Valid driver's license with a clean driving record, if driving is required during the tour.

Note: This job description is intended to provide a general overview of the responsibilities and qualifications required for the role of a Tour Director. It may be modified or expanded based on the specific requirements of individual tour companies.

In conclusion, a Tour Director plays an essential role in ensuring a smooth and memorable travel experience for tourists. This job description template provides a comprehensive overview of the responsibilities and qualifications required for a Tour Director position. From planning itineraries and coordinating logistics to providing informative and engaging commentary, a Tour Director brings the destination to life for travelers. With exceptional organizational and communication skills, as well as a passion for travel, a successful Tour Director can create unforgettable experiences that leave a lasting impression on tourists.

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Considering a career as a tour director? Here’s what to know!

Embarking on a career as a tour director, sometimes also referred to as a tour manager or trip leader, promises an exhilarating journey filled with unique experiences. This dynamic profession not only opens doors to breathtaking destinations but also brings the opportunity to engage with individuals from diverse backgrounds. As a tour director, you have the chance to immerse yourself in the wonders of spectacular places, shaping unforgettable memories for both yourself and the travelers you guide. Living an adventurous life becomes a daily reality, where each new tour is a fresh exploration. Beyond the thrill of discovery, the beauty of this career lies in the ability to make a living while doing what many only dream of – combining passion for travel, meeting fascinating people, and experiencing the world’s wonders firsthand.

Before we get started it is important to understand the difference between a tour director and a tour guide, as they are two distinct roles within the travel industry, each with specific responsibilities. A tour guide is primarily responsible for providing detailed information about local attractions, history, and culture to a group of tourists during a specific tour. They often accompany the group to various sites, offering insights, answering questions, and ensuring that participants have a comprehensive understanding of the places they visit. On the other hand, a tour director takes on a broader role, overseeing the entire travel experience. While they also share information about destinations, their focus is furthermore on managing logistics, ensuring the smooth operation of the entire tour, and handling any unforeseen issues that may arise. Tour directors coordinate transportation, accommodations, and activities, acting as the point of contact for both the travelers and the tour company. Their goal is to provide a seamless and enjoyable overall experience for the entire group.

In summary, a tour guide is more specialized in providing detailed information at specific sites, while a tour director takes on a more comprehensive role, managing the logistics and overall experience of a travel itinerary. Now that we know the difference between a tour director and a tour guide, let’s take a look at what it takes to get started as a tour director!

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Customer service and people skills

I often hear people trying to get started in the tourism industry say they would make a great tour director because they love travelling. Reality is, tour operators prioritize specific qualifications in their candidates over a passion for traveling. While a love for exploration is valuable, it takes a back seat to essential skills that contribute to a successful tour operation. Foremost among these qualifications are excellent people skills. A tour director’s role involves constant interaction with diverse groups of clients, requiring the ability to communicate effectively, understand varied needs, and ensure a positive experience for everyone involved.

In addition to people skills, problem-solving abilities are highly sought after in the tour operator industry. Navigating unforeseen challenges, such as itinerary changes, logistical issues, or unexpected emergencies, demands quick thinking and adaptability. Candidates who can demonstrate a keen aptitude for problem-solving contribute significantly to the smooth execution of tours and the overall satisfaction of guests. Moreover, strong customer service skills are indispensable. Tour operators need individuals who can not only meet but exceed customer expectations, providing a high level of service that fosters positive relationships and encourages repeat business. In essence, while a passion for travel may be a shared trait, it is these interpersonal, problem-solving, and customer service skills that set standout candidates apart in the competitive field of tour operations.

The role of a tour director thrives on effective communication, making it well-suited for individuals with backgrounds in teaching, acting, or other performing arts. Confidence in addressing audiences and captivating their attention is a key asset in this profession. Those with experience in education or performance bring valuable skills in articulation, engagement, and storytelling—essential elements for creating memorable and enriching tour experiences. The ability to convey information with enthusiasm and poise enhances the overall quality of the tour, creating a more immersive and enjoyable journey for participants.

Local destination knowledge

Being successful as a tour director hinges on a profound understanding of the destinations being explored. Whether guiding tours through the breathtaking landscapes of US or Canadian National Parks, tracing the historical significance of the Civil Rights Trail in the South, or immersing travelers in the vibrant hues of fall foliage in New England, a tour director’s local knowledge is paramount. This depth of understanding goes beyond the surface, delving into the historical, cultural, and geographical fabric of each location. Many tour operators operating tours on the east coast actively seek tour directors equipped with guide certifications, especially for cities like Washington, D.C and New York City. The ability to weave compelling narratives about these destinations enhances the tour experience, offering participants not just a journey but a meaningful exploration into the heart of each locale’s unique story.

To ensure a seamless and well-informed experience for their guests, many tour operators adopt a hands-on training approach. New tour directors joining the company or those tasked with leading tours to unfamiliar destinations often undergo a training trip alongside an experienced counterpart. This immersive experience allows them to acquire the intricate knowledge and insights necessary to confidently guide the specific trip. Working closely with a seasoned tour director, they learn the nuances of the route, logistical details, and how to navigate any unexpected challenges that may arise. This mentorship not only imparts practical skills but also fosters a collaborative environment, enabling new tour directors to draw from the expertise of their more experienced colleagues .

Computer proficiency 

In the dynamic role of a tour director, the emphasis on personal interactions and on-the-go responsibilities doesn’t negate the importance of digital proficiency. While the job doesn’t confine you to a desk, many tour companies seek candidates with a solid grasp of software applications like Microsoft Word and Excel. These tools prove invaluable for streamlined on the road reporting and basic accounting tasks, enabling tour directors to efficiently manage administrative aspects while on the move.

Possessing a basic knowledge of audio-visual technologies is another valuable asset to have. This skill becomes particularly crucial when managing the bus’s TV and audio systems, ensuring that informative and engaging content enriches the travel experience for passengers. Additionally, this proficiency proves indispensable when troubleshooting issues with microphones during guided commentary, ensuring seamless communication with the group. As a tour director, being tech-savvy not only elevates the quality of the tour but also contributes to a smooth and enjoyable journey for all participants.

Language skills

Contrary to a widespread misconception, fluency in multiple languages is often not a prerequisite for securing a role as a tour director in the United States and Canada. Many tour companies actively seek individuals who can lead tours for domestic travelers within North America without the need for linguistic diversity. Companies like Gate1, Trafalgar, Tauck and Scenic primarily cater to a diverse range of domestic tourists, making linguistic versatility less crucial for the role. The focus of these positions often revolves around in-depth knowledge of the local culture, history, and attractions rather than language proficiency. By emphasizing a strong grasp of the region’s intricacies, tour directors can effectively engage and enrich the experiences of travelers, fostering a deeper connection with the destinations they explore.

Speaking the local language, be it German, Spanish, Italian, Greek, or any other language, becomes more important when leading international tours, allowing effective communication with coach drivers, hotel representatives, and other local suppliers. However, it’s crucial to be mindful of the practical constraints imposed by local visa requirements. While the ability to communicate in the local language is a sought-after skill, the availability of international work can be influenced by visa limitations. This aspect adds a layer of complexity to the possibilities of getting international work.

Seasonality 

Navigating the seasonality of a tour director’s job is a crucial aspect that requires thoughtful (financial) planning. The industry often experiences heightened demand during peak times, presenting ample opportunities for tours. However, the off-season may bring a slowdown in assignments, necessitating a strategic approach to budgeting. Prospective tour directors should be prepared for fluctuations in income and consider setting aside funds during peak periods to cushion the impact of slower months.

It’s worth noting that securing a full-time income from the outset might be a challenge, especially for those new to the industry. Many tour operators prefer candidates with prior experience, which could mean initially taking on a small number of tours from a variety of companies, and potentially supplimenting it with other income. As a silver lining, versatility in leading both student travel and adult tours can extend the tour season, potentially mitigating the impact of off-peak periods. This underscores the importance of building experience and a reputation in the field, gradually opening doors to more stable and lucrative opportunities in the long run.

In my early days as a tour director, I adopted a proactive approach to ensure a steady year-round income. Recognizing the seasonality of the job, I diversified my professional portfolio by taking on various roles. I served as a private chauffeur for ski resort transfers during the winter months, worked for a local company offering brewery tours, and ventured into conference and event work, until I had eventually established myself enough to get a full-time, year-round income out of my tour director career.

Repositioning expenses and gateway cities

Many of the larger tour operators will cover the expenses related to repositioning tour directors to the tour’s starting point, underscoring their commitment to facilitating seamless operations. In reciprocation, tour directors are commonly expected to commit to conducting multiple tours consecutively. This arrangement necessitates a level of comfort with extended periods away from home, as tour directors may find themselves on the road for several weeks at a stretch. Adaptability to a mobile lifestyle becomes a crucial aspect of the role, aligning with the immersive and on-the-go nature of guiding tours.

One notable advantage for aspiring tour directors is the flexibility in choosing a place of residence. Living in a renowned tourist hotspot within the U.S. or Canada is not a prerequisite for securing a position as a tour director. Many tour operators cover the expenses involved in positioning tour directors at the starting point of the tour, eliminating the need to reside in popular travel destinations. This opens up opportunities for individuals to pursue this career regardless of their current location, emphasizing that passion, skills, and a commitment to excellence are key factors in landing this exciting role. Tour operators will generally ask you to select a gateway city, and will then arrange flights to and from this city to the starting point of your tour. It’s worth noting that flight availability and costs from your gateway city are factors that get considered when trips get assigned.

In conclusion, aspiring tour directors enter a profession filled with excitement and the promise of a life less ordinary. The journey involves exploring spectacular places, forging connections with diverse individuals, and living an adventurous life while earning a livelihood. However, it’s crucial to set realistic expectations. Landing a full schedule in the first year might be a gradual process, requiring perseverance and dedication. Additionally, while the dream of guiding tours to warm, exotic destinations is widespread, the reality for many U.S.-based tour directors often involves leading domestic tours. Embracing this reality with an open mind and a passion for creating memorable experiences on home turf can lead to a fulfilling and enduring career in the dynamic world of tour directing.

The International Association of Tour Directors and Guides (IATDG) stands as the leading organization for professionals in the field, elevating the landscape of tour directing in North America. The IATDG organizes the annual TourConnect conference, a 4-day gathering that brings together nearly 50 tour operators and over 250 tour directors from across the U.S. and Canada. This conference not only serves as a platform for job interviews and securing work, but also offers comprehensive training sessions, collaborative discussions, and valuable networking opportunities. Complementing this flagship event, the association maintains a vibrant (online) presence with various virtual and in-person events throughout the year. A testament to the power of community, the IATDG’s active Facebook groups provide a digital space where tour directors can seek advice, share experiences, and bolster one another. To learn more about the IATDG and to become a member visit www.iatdg.org .

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Tour Manager

Also Called Road Manager, Concert Tour Manager

Tour managers travel with musicians and crew members on touring journeys that can span the globe and last for months. Their job is to make sure everything runs smoothly, which usually means arranging travel plans, coordinating with venues, managing money, facilitating media interactions, and scoping out local services at each tour stop.

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Tour managers take care of nearly every aspect of the lives of  musicians and  crew while on the road, providing organizational, administrative, and boots-on-the-ground support for the duration of a concert tour. They make transportation and lodging arrangements; communicate in advance with concert producers and  venue management  to coordinate load-in, sound check, and set times; convey the band's hospitality needs (backstage catering and dressing room setup); see to it that musicians and crew get to their next stop safely and on time; and ensure that the artist's rider requests are met.

The best tour managers are well-prepared for the issues and crises that sometimes arise on tour, and deal with them resourcefully and efficiently.

Tour managers create day sheets that detail each day's schedule and  distribute them  to the band and crew. If there are media engagements planned—such as a record store appearance, a radio station visit, or an interview—the tour manager is responsible for making sure everyone is where they need to be.  Perhaps most importantly, the tour manager manages the tour's finances, keeping a close eye on the money that comes in and out to ensure everything stays within the tour accountant's budget.  When a problem arises, whether it's due to a dispute with a promoter , a passport emergency, guest list gaffes, or the artist's own bad behavior, it's the tour manager's job to resolve the issue and restore peace. In some cases, tour managers work closely with a tour publicist to ensure attendance of the shows, and those who work on smaller tours might take on additional duties, such as overseeing production elements like lighting and sound or working the merch table.

At a Glance

Some tour managers start out as musicians  or concert techs ; others have experience as festival staff , booking agents , promoters , or live sound engineers , or in similar live-music roles. With experience, connections, and a reputation for good work, tour managers can advance to better-paying jobs with more prominent bands and artists, or join the ranks of a record label or concert promotion company. They can also go into other aspects of management, becoming an artist manager ,  venue manager , artist relations manager , or company manager to an orchestra.

Tour management is typically freelance work, although the most experienced tour managers may be able to snag in-house positions at record labels.  It's vital that aspiring tour managers have proven experience living on the road and managing a creative undertaking.  As with many live music gigs, g etting hired as a tour manager is often a matter of word-of-mouth referrals.   To get started, some tour managers do the work for little or no pay with a friend's band.

  • Schedule management
  • Personnel management
  • Experience touring
  • Proactive communication skills
  • Problem-solving
  • Multitasking and organization

Tour managers must be excellent multitaskers with terrific time management and organizational skills. Being proactive and making the most of downtime (e.g., while traveling between tour stops) is extremely important to staying on top of work. The best tour managers are well-prepared for the issues and crises that sometimes arise on tour, and deal with them resourcefully and efficiently. They  should also be capable of handling interpersonal conflicts—which occur frequently on tour—with grace.

It's easy to forget that managing a tour means going on tour oneself. Just like the musicians and crew members they manage, tour managers spend hours riding in cars, buses, and/or planes, work long days that continue well into the night, and sleep in hotels and motels in unfamiliar cities. They also enjoy all the benefits of going on tour: paid travel, free concerts, and new experiences and opportunities around every corner. It's  vitally important for a tour manager's long-term success and well-being that he or she enjoys life on the road, highs and lows alike.

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  • • Managed tour logistics, overseeing a team of 10 guides and ensuring a seamless and enriched experience for groups of up to 50 tourists.
  • • Developed training materials and workshops on destination knowledge, which increased staff efficiency and guest satisfaction ratings by 30%.
  • • Negotiated with vendors and local artisans to include exclusive experiences for tourists, growing the company’s offerings by 20%.
  • • Implemented effective problem-solving strategies to handle unexpected events, maintaining a 98% customer satisfaction rate.
  • • Coordinated post-tour feedback sessions, leading to an iterative improvement process that reduced complaints by 25%.
  • • Oversaw itinerary design for cross-country cultural trips, which resulted in a yearly increase in customer repeat rate by 15%.
  • • Directed logistics for tours, maintaining schedules and quality, and achieving a 95% on-time performance.
  • • Cultivated partnerships with local communities, adding unique non-touristic experiences to itineraries.
  • • Managed emergency response plan, reducing incident response time by 50%.
  • • Drove a customer feedback initiative that improved tour content and satisfaction by 20%.
  • • Customized travel packages for clients based on extensive knowledge of US national parks, achieving a 95% client satisfaction rate.
  • • Coordinated with clients and vendors to ensure travel arrangements met all expectations.
  • • Assisted in marketing campaigns showcasing unique tour opportunities, which increased bookings by 10% in the first year.
  • • Provided comprehensive support and advice for travelers, improving customer trust and loyalty.

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Your tour director resume should clearly highlight your organizational skills. Demonstrate your ability to handle logistics with finesse and coordination. Strong communication skills are vital; detail your experience in guiding and informing diverse groups. Ensure your resume reflects your proficiency in multiple languages if applicable.

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One specific resume challenge you, as a tour director, may encounter is effectively showcasing your diverse skill set, including customer service, itinerary planning, and multi-tasking, to potential employers. Our guide provides tailored strategies for articulating your unique experiences and competencies in a concise and compelling manner, ensuring your resume stands out in the competitive travel industry.

  • Sample industry-leading examples to learn how to write your best resume yet.
  • Improve the experience, education, and achievements section of your resume with insights from resume-writing professionals.
  • Curate your technical expertise and personality to stand out amongst the pool of candidates.
  • Succinctly focus on your unique skill set all through your tour director resume.

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Tour Director resume format made simple

You don't need to go over the top when it comes to creativity in your Tour Director resume format .

What recruiters care about more is the legibility of your Tour Director resume, alongside the relevancy of your application to the role.

That's why we're presenting you with four simple steps that could help your professional presentation check all the right boxes:

  • The reverse-chronological resume format is the one for you, if you happen to have plenty of relevant (and recent) professional experience you'd like to showcase. This format follows a pretty succinct logic and puts the focus on your experience.
  • Keep your header simple with your contact details; a headline that details the role you're applying for or your current job; and a link to your portfolio.
  • Ensure your resume reaches an up-to-two-page limit, only if you happen to be applying for a more senior role or you have over a decade of relevant experience.
  • Save your Tour Director resume as a PDF to retain its structure and presentation.

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If you failed to obtain one of the certificates, as listed in the requirements, but decide to include it on your resume, make sure to include a note somewhere that you have the "relevant training, but are planning to re-take the exams". Support this statement with the actual date you're planning to be re-examined. Always be honest on your resume.

Essential sections that should make up your tour director resume include:

  • The header - with your contact details (e.g. email and telephone number), link to your portfolio, and headline
  • The summary (or objective) - to spotlight the peaks of your professional career, so far
  • The experience section - with up to six bullets per role to detail specific outcomes
  • The skills list - to provide a healthy mix between your personal and professional talents
  • The education and certification - showing your most relevant degrees and certificates to the tour director role

What recruiters want to see on your resume:

  • Proven experience in creating and leading diverse tour itineraries
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills for engaging with tour participants
  • Deep knowledge of the destinations and subjects covered in tours such as history, art, or culture
  • Ability to handle unexpected situations and emergencies with calm and resourcefulness
  • Expertise in managing tour logistics including accommodations, transportation, and scheduling

Essential tips for crafting your tour director resume experience section

The experience section is indeed the core of your tour director resume . It's where you present your past and current job roles. But how should you approach this crucial part?

A common error is treating the experience section as merely a list of job duties. Many candidates fall into the trap of detailing what they did without illustrating the impact of their actions.

To effectively write your tour director resume experience section, consider these guidelines:

  • Emphasize your achievements, supported by concrete metrics such as percentages, revenue increases, or customer satisfaction rates;
  • Avoid using generic buzzwords like communication, hard work, or leadership. Instead, demonstrate how these skills added value in your previous roles;
  • Begin each bullet point with a strong action verb, followed by a skill, and then the result of your actions;
  • Tailor your resume for each job application by selecting the most relevant experiences, responsibilities, and successes.

We have an array of resume examples that illustrate how to optimally curate your tour director resume experience section.

  • Led and coordinated 20+ multi-day cultural tours in Europe for groups of 30-50 travelers, achieving a 95% customer satisfaction rating and boosting repeat clientele by 25%.
  • Developed and managed relationships with local vendors, hotels, and restaurants to improve the overall quality and cost-effectiveness of tours, reducing operational costs by 15%.
  • Trained and supervised a team of 5 assistant tour directors, enhancing team performance and ensuring consistent delivery of top-tier travel experiences.
  • Pioneered the use of interactive mobile apps for tour groups, increasing guest engagement and retention rates by integrating cutting-edge technology.
  • Custom-designed experiential learning tours for students with a focus on history and political science, directly impacting over 1000 students’ educational travel experiences.
  • Fostered partnerships with educational institutions, contributing to a 30% rise in the company's educational tour offerings.
  • Instituted a new training program for incoming tour directors, reducing onboarding time by 40% and improving first-year retention by 20%.
  • Collaborated with marketing teams to create promotional materials and campaigns that increased tour bookings by 35% during peak travel seasons.
  • Handled crisis management situations, including a tour disruption due to extreme weather, ensuring guest safety and rescheduling to maintain 100% trip completion.
  • Crafted and executed an immersive culinary tour concept, enhancing the company's product line and leading to a feature in 'Travel + Leisure' magazine.
  • Negotiated with service providers to maintain top-quality experiences while staying within budget, directly saving the company $50,000 annually.
  • Implemented post-tour feedback systems that led to strategic adjustments in tour itineraries, achieving an average tour rating increase from 4.2 to 4.8 out of 5.
  • Orchestrated the logistics for eco-tourism tours in South America, fostering sustainable practices and receiving recognition from the Rainforest Alliance.
  • Increased guest participation by 50% by introducing interactive digital maps and region-specific content accessible through handheld devices.
  • Collaborated with local communities to ensure tourism positively impacted their economies without disrupting traditions, enhancing the brand's reputation for responsible travel.
  • Managed the logistical planning and execution of 30+ annual historical tours in the Middle East, resulting in a 20% increase in tour participation rates.
  • Conceived and delivered a specialized training program for tour guides, focusing on geopolitical sensitivity and cultural awareness.
  • Sourced and integrated virtual reality experiences into tour sites, providing a competitive edge and enhancing the immersive aspect of historical exploration.
  • Launched a series of successful wine-themed tours in Italy and France, directly contributing to a 40% growth in the luxury tour segment.
  • Spearheaded collaborative efforts with local wineries for exclusive tastings and vineyard experiences, greatly enhancing guest satisfaction.
  • Achieved an exceptional tour operation accuracy rate of 98%, ensuring precise scheduling and accommodation arrangements.
  • Masterminded a groundbreaking 'Art and Museums' tour across Europe, attracting over 2000 participants in the first year and increasing tour sales by 60%.
  • Curated unique art workshop experiences in collaboration with renowned European artists, providing one-of-a-kind opportunities for guests.
  • Optimized the use of digital itineraries and live updates, significantly improving communication with guests and enhancing their tour experience.

Quantifying impact on your resume

  • Include the number of tours you've successfully directed to demonstrate your experience in the field.
  • List the average number of participants per tour to showcase your ability to manage large groups.
  • Present the percentage increase in customer satisfaction scores under your guidance, indicating your focus on client happiness.
  • Detail the number of tour destinations you have developed, showing your creativity and destination knowledge.
  • Quantify the percentage of repeat customers, highlighting your ability to encourage client loyalty.
  • Mention any awards or recognitions received, using numerical rankings when applicable, to emphasize excellence.
  • State the number of languages you speak, if applicable, to demonstrate your communication skills and cultural competency.
  • Describe any cost-saving measures you have implemented, specifying the percentage of budget reduction, to reflect your financial acumen.

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Guide for tour director professionals kicking off their career

Who says you can't get that tour director job, even though you may not have that much or any experience? Hiring managers have a tendency to hire the out-of-the-blue candidate if they see role alignment. You can show them why you're the best candidate out there by:

  • Selecting the functional skill-based or hybrid formats to spotlight your unique value as a professional
  • Tailoring your tour director resume to always include the most important requirements, found towards the top of the job ad
  • Substituting the lack of experience with other relevant sections like achievements, projects, and research
  • Pinpoint both achievements and how you see yourself within this specific role in the tour director resume objective.

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List your educational qualifications and certifications in reverse chronological order.

Defining your unique tour director skill set with hard skills and soft skills

In any job advertisement, a blend of specific technologies and interpersonal communication skills is typically sought after. Hard skills represent your technical expertise and indicate your job performance capacity. Soft skills, on the other hand, demonstrate how well you would integrate within the company culture.

Incorporating a balanced mix of both skill types in your tour director resume is crucial. Here's how you can do it:

  • In your resume summary or objective, incorporate up to three hard and/or soft skills. Make sure to quantify these skills with relevant or impressive achievements;
  • The skills section should list your technical know-how.
  • The strengths section is an ideal place to quantify your competencies by focusing on the achievements facilitated by these skills.

Top skills for your tour director resume:

Travel coordination

Local and international geography knowledge

Historical and cultural knowledge

Multilingual communication

First aid and CPR certification

Budget management

Logistics planning

Tour scheduling

Negotiation with vendors

Marketing and promotion

Customer service orientation

Interpersonal communication

Leadership and team management

Problem-solving

Flexibility and adaptability

Attention to detail

Public speaking

Conflict resolution

Patience and resilience

Time management

Listing your relevant degrees or certificates on your tour director resume is a win-win situation. Not only does it hint at your technical capabilities in the industry, but an array of soft skills, like perseverance, adaptability, and motivation.

The tour director resume sections you may underestimate: certifications and education

Your education and certifications provide insight into both your technical capabilities and personal attributes, such as perseverance. When crafting your tour director resume, consider how you present these elements:

  • For your higher education degrees , prioritize listing those most relevant to the job or indicative of your academic dedication;
  • Include applicable coursework as a stand-in for relevant experience or if it might impress recruiters;
  • Include incomplete higher education only if it's pertinent to meeting job requirements;
  • If your degree is from a renowned university, mention how often you made the Dean's list to underline academic excellence.

Regarding certifications, it's not necessary to list all of them. Instead, match up to three of your most recent or significant certificates with the technical skills required in the job description.

Below, we've selected some of the top industry certifications that could be vital additions to your tour director resume.

The top 5 certifications for your tour director resume:

  • Professional Tour Guide Certification (PTGC) - International Guide Academy
  • Certified Tour Director (CTD) - International Tour Management Institute
  • Certified Tour Professional (CTP) - National Tour Association
  • Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) - National Association for Interpretation
  • Travel and Tourism Professional (TTP) - Travel Institute
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Writing the tour director resume summary or objective: achievements, keywords, dreams, and more

Deciding on whether to include a resume summary or resume objective should entirely depend on your career situation.

If you have:

  • Plenty of relevant achievements you'd like to bring recruiters' focus to, make use of the resume summary. Ensure each of your achievements is quantified with concrete proof (e.g. % of cases solved).
  • Less applicable experience, utilize the resume objective. Within the objective include a few noteworthy, past successes, followed up by your professional dreams.

As a bonus, you could define in either your tour director resume summary or objective what makes you the perfect candidate for the role.

Think about your unique hard and soft skills that would make your expertise even more important to the job.

These tour director professionals have completely covered the formula for the ideal resume introduction:

Resume summaries for a tour director job

  • With over a decade of experience guiding global adventurers through Europe's rich tapestry of cultural history, I have honed my expertise in crafting educational and engaging itineraries that exceed traveler expectations, evidenced by a 95% satisfaction rate and commendations from industry leaders.
  • Dynamic professional with 5 years of experience in high-pressure operational management, now seeking to transfer proven logistical coordination, team leadership, and customer service skills to the tour industry, aiming to provide exceptional travel experiences.
  • Having orchestrated successful trade shows and corporate events for a leading tech firm for 8 years, I am poised to bring my organizational acumen, public speaking prowess, and passion for global cultures to create memorable journeys for diverse groups of explorers.
  • As a seasoned educator with over 7 years of experience in engaging audiences, my objective is to leverage my extensive knowledge in history, geography, and storytelling to offer enriching tour experiences that bring destinations to life for travelers of all backgrounds.
  • A recent hospitality management graduate, with internships at renowned resorts, I possess a fervent passion for travel and culture, accompanied by a strong foundation in customer service and operational efficiency, aimed at fostering unforgettable tours for guests.
  • Embarking on a new career path, I bring 4 years of expertise in public relations and communication strategy within the nonprofit sector, now focusing on creating impactful and enlightening travel experiences that showcase the beauty and diversity of our world.

Additional valuable tour director resume sections to stand out

When assessing candidate applications, recruiters are often on the lookout for elements that go beyond meeting standard requirements and technical expertise.

This is where extra sections could play a key role in showcasing your unique skill set and personality.

Make sure to include sections dedicated to:

  • How you spend your free time, outside of work. The interests resume section also goes to show your personality and transferrable skills; and may also serve to fill in gaps in your experience;
  • Most innovative work. The projects resume section brings focus to what you're most proud of within the field;
  • How you're able to overcome language barriers. The language resume section is always nice to have, especially if communication would be a big part of your future role;
  • Industry-wide recognitions. Remember that the awards resume section should highlight your most noteworthy accolades and prizes.

Key takeaways

We've reached the end of our tour director resume guide and hope this information has been useful. As a summary of our key points:

  • Always assess the job advert for relevant requirements and integrate those buzzwords across various sections of your tour director resume by presenting tangible metrics of success;
  • Quantify your hard skills in your certificates and skills section, while your soft skills in your resume achievements section;
  • Ensure you've added additional relevant experience items, such as extracurricular activities and projects you've participated in or led;
  • Use both your resume experience and summary to focus on what matters the most to the role: including your technical, character, and cultural fit for the company.

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Tour Director Job Description

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Tour Director Job Profile and Description

The tour director needs o fulfill a great responsibility when it comes to leading tours. The duty of a tour director is basically to arrange the every aspect related to the tour successfully. It will be also the responsibility of a tour director to provide training to the tour guides who are of lesser experience and expertise but during off seasons.

Duties and Responsibilities

There are the following duties and responsibilities of a tour director:

 The person needs to have required extensive knowledge of the history, geography, economy, politics and culture of the country.

 He or she needs to lead his or her team of travelers properly.

 It will be the duty to take quick tours to the countries where he would have to guide his group of travelers.

 He or she has the responsibility to do everything to get accustomed to every thing pertaining to the country and its way of living.

 It will be the main responsibility to guide the travelers efficiently about the useful information about the country and the things related to it throughout the tour period.

 He or she needs to serve as a liaison between the travelers and the local personnel be it the museum staff or the hotel managers.

 He or she has the responsibility to provide a satisfactory answer to the travelers of their queries about the country.

Skills and Specifications

The required skills and specifications are as follows:

 The person needs to b every adventurous to do the job,

 He or she should be very knowledgeable person about all the aspects of the field.

 He or she needs to b every well organized towards the work.  He or she should be an excellent communicator and should have great communication skills both verbally and written.

 The person should be able to maintain the coordination and should be a very responsible individual.

Education and Qualifications

There is not nay formal education required for the job but there is the following educational requirement:

 The basic degree required is a bachelor’s degree in tour management with related subjects like history and geography is highly desirable.

 It will be an added advantage for the person having the foreign language proficiency.

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Tour guide duties & responsibilities.

To write an effective tour guide job description, begin by listing detailed duties, responsibilities and expectations. We have included tour guide job description templates that you can modify and use.

Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Tour Guide Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for Tour Guide

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: CPR, AED, NAATI, CMS, SCUBA

Education for Tour Guide

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the tour guide job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Collage and Bachelor's Degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Marketing, Education, Graduate, History, Communication, Museum Studies, General Education

Skills for Tour Guide

Desired skills for tour guide include:

Desired experience for tour guide includes:

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  • Remain informed of new information (Biosphere 2 programs, scientific research, ) and appropriately relay that information to visitors
  • Greet and receive visitors to campus in a friendly and approachable manner
  • Be an ambassador and leader on campus
  • Provide accurate information and directions
  • Conduct walking tours of campus
  • Host students that wish to "shadow a current student" or accompany them to your classes
  • Assist with Marketing & Communications projects and programs
  • Work on weekends (Saturday/Sunday) and during final exams
  • New hires will need to attend a mandatory training day
  • Expedite all tours by checking guests in, print tickets
  • Energetic, personable and friendly manner
  • Ability to think on your feet and solve problems under own initiative
  • 2 years providing guided experiences and working in an environment that required teaching, coaching, and instructional skills
  • Ability to work quickly and remain alert, and to strictly observe safety procedures
  • Previous experience working with Outdoor Programs or similar activity (strongly preferred)
  • Previous experience working with Outdoor Programs or similar activity
  • Use a computer based point of sale system to make reservations and sell tours
  • Conduct scheduled tours and give facts and information to guests while snowshoeing, skibiking or snowcating in a safe informative and efficient manner
  • Help guests on the mountain or at the base as needed
  • Answer questions about the Fraser Valley and surroundings
  • Assists in ticket and season pass sales, keep information boards current and orderly
  • Assists in ticket sales areas helping guests and giving out information
  • Assists other departments as needed on snowmobiles
  • Perform daily routine maintenance, fueling, and oiling of snowcats and snowmobiles in accordance with Winter Park policies and procedures, including any cleaning and waxing needs
  • Parking and moving snowmobiles and snow cats around base area and mountain in a safe and efficient manner
  • Performs occasional snow-packing, trail maintenance pre-season and seasonally, as directed
  • This will include dealing with enquires on site, monitoring visitors in the exhibition area and providing product knowledge to visitors
  • Answer visitor questions and deal with queries assisting visitors who have special requirements
  • Assist with large groups and school parties
  • Monitor visitors on the exhibition floor
  • Bilingual in Spanish, French or Mandarin a plus
  • Ability to navigate uneven stairs and grades up to 10%
  • Tour Guides are responsible for proactively approaching all guests to answer questions and provide general tour or Arena information
  • Supervise the progress and experience of each assigned tour group
  • Familiarization with the Winter Park ski area and mountain terrain
  • Maintains knowledge of radio usage
  • Transportation of guests or employees around mountain per ski patrol, with events, or per supervisors
  • Report and correct, if possible, unsafe conditions regarding equipment and area of work or elsewhere on the area
  • Skibike 1/5 of time
  • Lift up to 75 Ibs (snowmobile occasionally and helping fallen guests occasionally)
  • Carry, up to 20 Ibs (backpack during tours)
  • Push/pull up to 75 Ibs (snowmobile) occasionally
  • Most positions require general office experience and some assignments require strong billing, accounts payable and receivable experience, and a valid California Driver’s License
  • 1 x 7 hour per week (Saturdays and Sundays) contract
  • Ability to stand and walk for extended periods of time (approximately 7 miles per day), climb stairs, and comfortably work indoors and outdoors in extreme temperature fluctuations
  • Ability to deal effectively and tactfully with the public, fellow employees, managers and volunteers
  • Ability to respond professionally to unusual or unexpected situations
  • Must have the ability to work a flexible schedule of shifts that routinely include weekends, evenings, and holidays
  • Provide exceptional service and go above-and-beyond to ensure guests are fully satisfied with their tour and overall Busch Gardens experience
  • Follow up with tour guests, complete surveys, and make Photo CDs for guests
  • Be responsible for the safety of tour participants
  • Ensure that tour participants complete safety training and sign in appropriately
  • Hours during the summer season will vary from 10-30 hours per week depending on tour schedules
  • Stoop, kneel, crouch
  • Reach, handle, use hands
  • Talk, 90% of time
  • Hearing, ordinary conversation, 90% of time
  • Average acuity/near, often (gauges, forms, computer screens)
  • Desire to help wide-eyed tourists and grizzled NYC residents experience art and museums in a very fun way
  • Must have flexible daytime availability (including weekends)
  • Must be a New York City resident and be a U.S. citizen or have valid work authorization
  • Must live in NYC area (can easily commute to the Met) and be a U.S. citizen or have valid work authorization
  • Ability to speak, read, and write clearly in English
  • Must be comfortable with electronics and computers and have access to email
  • To communicate closely with Food & Beverage, Housekeeping and Front Office to ensure all tour requirements are met
  • Ensure all requests from on site tour operators are addressed in an appropriate and efficient manner
  • Prepare and implement tour needs including, back-up staffing, coordination with Donor Ministries, Facilities Department, the President’s Office, and other Wilkes Office departments
  • Maintain a thorough knowledge of Samaritan’s Purse projects and activities requiring funding
  • Average acuity/far, often (routes, driving, skibiking, night biking)
  • Depth perception, constantly (driving, riding safely on ski runs through skiers and people possibly in limited visibility conditions and night time)
  • Good field of vision,(peripheral vision for avoiding trees, towers, skiers, etc with equipment)
  • Withstand extreme cold and wet occasionally (Tours in adverse conditions)
  • Withstand Fumes / odors occasionally (exhaust, diesel)
  • Avoiding Hazards (trees, skiers, terrain)
  • Warm, friendly, eager, a "people person" with excellent communication skills but also attention to detail
  • Must be able to wear required uniform
  • College degree required and/or the equivalent in experience
  • Extensive knowledge of Santa Fe and the surrounding National Parks and key areas of interest
  • A valid ID residency to live in Galapagos Islands
  • Naturalist Guide license issued by the Galapagos National Park

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  18. Tour Manager

    Tour managers travel with musicians and crew members on touring journeys that can span the globe and last for months. Their job is to make sure everything runs smoothly, which usually means arranging travel plans, coordinating with venues, managing money, facilitating media interactions, and scoping out local services at each tour stop.

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  20. Director Job Description [Updated for 2024]

    Director duties and responsibilities. A successful Director uses independent judgment and looks at the larger picture to manage company-wide initiatives that help achieve long-term goals. Common duties and responsibilities for a Director include: Copy this section. Copied to clipboard Build a Job Description. Supervising, mentoring and managing ...

  21. Tour Director Job Description

    Tour Director Job Profile and Description. The tour director needs o fulfill a great responsibility when it comes to leading tours. The duty of a tour director is basically to arrange the every aspect related to the tour successfully. It will be also the responsibility of a tour director to provide training to the tour guides who are of lesser ...

  22. Tour Guide Job Description

    Responsibilities for tour guide. Use a computer based point of sale system to make reservations and sell tours. Conduct scheduled tours and give facts and information to guests while snowshoeing, skibiking or snowcating in a safe informative and efficient manner. Help guests on the mountain or at the base as needed.