Even during these uncertain times, travel and tour companies are always seeking qualified individuals to serve as tour guides and directors. This is a hidden job market that few people know about. Tour guides and directors can work full or part time. The flexibility is ideal for teachers, college students and seniors seeking new adventures.
San Francisco, CA (Vocus) May 7, 2010
Since 1976, International Tour Management Institute (ITMI) (http://www.itmitourtraining.com/admissions/schedule.shtml ) has been America’s premier training and certification program for professional tour directors and guides. In response to the demand for information about its programs, ITMI is offering a series of free one-hour informational seminars at it offices located at 625 Market Street in the heart of San Francisco. The first seminars are set for Wednesday, May 12th and Thursday, May 13th, from 12:00 noon to 1:00pm each day.
“Despite the global economic downturn, the tourism industry remains the top revenue producing industry in the world, generating more than $740 billion annually in the U.S. alone,” states Ted Bravos, CEO of International Tour Management Institute. “Even during these uncertain times, travel and tour companies are always seeking qualified individuals to serve as tour guides and directors. This is a hidden job market that few people know about. Tour guides and directors can work full or part time. The flexibility is ideal for teachers, college students and seniors seeking new adventures.”
Professional tour directors earn an average of $250 or more per day, plus all expense paid trips. Because tour companies often pay for travel from the tour director’s home to the tour destination and back, it does not matter where the individual lives. Tour guides and directors can determine how many days each year they wish to work and which areas of the world they wish to experience.
Since its inception in 1976, ITMI has launched over 6,000 travel careers. Many of its graduates have gone on to become tour operators, corporate meeting and event planners or on cruise ships. As the first certified professional tour directing program in America, ITMI alumni are sought after by major tour operators such as Adventures by Disney, Australian Pacific Touring, Globus & Cosmos, Tauck World Discovery and Princess Cruise Lines, to name but a few.
Class size is limited. Not all applicants are accepted. Students are carefully pre-screened to ensure the highest potential placement rate upon graduation.
For more information about ITMI or the informational seminars, contact Joan Keddell at (800) 442-4864 (415) 957-9489 email travel(at)itmisf(dot)com or visit ITMI’s Web site: http://www.itmitourtraining.com
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