‘How to Be an Award-Winning Tour Guide’

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New book is recommended reading for anyone in tourism industry.

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If there was a TV commercial about tour guiding it might go something like this: “Bored with your job? Love travel? Like working with people? Then add some excitement to your life and become a Tour Guide!”

Sounds like a dream job, right? Well, the answer is yes and no.

To tell the inside story, the award-winning team of Jeremy Perks and Jan Barrie of Global Gypsies Tours & Training have written “How to Be an Award-Winning Tour Guide (published by Xlibris AU),” a book with a difference that should be required reading for anyone in the tourism industry. This is no stuffy academic tome. It is easy-to-read, fun, educational, personalized, conversational, humorous and full of photos taken by the authors in real-life situations. It is loaded with insight, personal experiences, industry knowledge, anecdotes, hints, hands-on exercises and sound advice on how to become a successful guide. Recommended by leading academics, tour operators and tour guides, the book is designed for aspiring guides, those already working in the industry keen to brush up their skills, educators, students, and anyone considering starting their own tourism business.

Global Gypsies leads tours in Australia and overseas, and delivers training courses in four-wheel-driving and towing. The company also developed Australia’s first practical short-course in tour guiding which won a prestigious tourism training award. The authors, who co-founded and run the company, wrote “How to Be an Award-Winning Tour Guide” to share their extensive knowledge and experience with those who cannot attend a course in person. Jan and Jeremy say: “The book can help transform guiding skills from basic to brilliant and help open new doors to one of the world’s most exciting professions.”

“How to Be an Award-Winning Tour Guide”
By Jeremy Perks & Jan Barrie
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 198 pages | ISBN 9781514442470)
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 198 pages | ISBN 9781514442463)
E-Book | 198 pages | ISBN 9781514442456
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Authors
Jeremy Perks is co-founder and Director of Global Gypsies Tours & Training which was established in Perth, Western Australia in 1997. He is a professional tour guide and a recipient of the prestigious FACET Tour Guide of the Year Award. In addition to leading tours, he is an accredited trainer with a Certificate IV in Workplace Training & Assessment (TAE) who delivers training courses in four-wheel-driving, towing and tour guiding. Perks is a qualified mechanic, was formerly an officer in the South African Defence Force and was a founder and director of a major advertising agency in Africa until he left the corporate world to become a tour guide.

Jan Barrie is co-founder and General Manager of Global Gypsies Tours & Training. Born in the UK, she has travelled extensively and lived and worked in the USA, UK, Australia and Africa. She has held senior management positions in marketing and public relations and is a published travel writer. Barrie left the corporate world to establish Global Gypsies and is responsible for the company's administration, marketing and customer relations.

Xlibris Publishing Australia, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider dedicated to serving Australian authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles.For more information, visit xlibrispublishing.com.au or call 1800 455 039 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisAus on Twitter for the latest news.

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