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The AWCTG aims to promote tour guiding services of a high standard across South West England - Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. Although not a marketing agency the information on our site aims to help you choose a suitable tourist guide for your needs.
Membership is open to all adult persons working part or full time as tourist guides with a recognised guiding qualification and PLI, who, in the opinion of the Executive Committee, are acceptable to the Association. Guides in training, retired guides, and guides taking a ‘career break’ may join as a ‘Friend’, as may others who are interested in supporting the Association.
The AWCTG membership year runs from 1st October to 30th September.
Yes this should be possible but please contact the Association for advice.
This varies between £8.00 and £40 according to type of membership required. Current fees are listed on our membership form which can be requested by emailing the Association.
The majority of members hold the Level 4 Blue Badge Tourist Guide qualification accredited by the Institute of Tourist Guiding. This is the UK’s highest level of tourist guiding qualification, recognised both nationally and internationally http://awctg.co.uk/index.php/blue-badge-guides. Some members have alternative Level 2 or 3 City and Guilds NVQ guiding qualifications. Detailed explanations of the different qualifications held are explained elsewhere on this site. http://awctg.co.uk/index.php/other-guides
Yes, all listed tourist guides have Public Liability Insurance cover. All Blue Badge Tourist Guides in the AWCTG are covered by Public Liability Insurance obtained through the British Guild of Tourist Guides. Non Blue Badge guides have given proof of Public Liability Insurance cover taken out on a private basis.
Tourist guides work on a freelance basis. Members have their contact details listed and you can either call or email them direct. The AWCTG is not a not a booking agent so you must contact your preferred tourist guide via the contact details in their listing, and not email the Association, to liaise.
We recommend you give as much notice as possible. During busy seasons tourist guides are often booked well in advance.
This will vary with the length of time for which you require a tourist guide. Please ask for a quote and agree a fee with the tour guide. As an indication most tourist guides charge on a half or full day basis for tours and an hourly basis for walks and talks. Most tourist guides accept payment by cash, cheque or bank transfer. Very few tour guides have the facility to accept credit card payments. Please ask the tourist guide for their terms and conditions.