Why ID cards are important to travel guides
In many parts of the world, tourism is a very widespread activity that attracts millions of people. This activity is very popular indeed, but some places are regarded as better tourism spots than others. This is due to the strategies and activities locals offer to attract visitors. There are many types of tourist activities around. Some of the most immersive tourist activities are those that involve travel guides.
These people are working all day long; sometimes in more than one tourist attraction and hosting dozen of tourists per day. So, they must know how much attention and dedication travel guiding involves, especially when we address the identification protocol that hosts and guides follow.
Here we deal with the subject in a very brief way; it is up to you to decide how much attention to detail you are going to spend as a host yourself, or as an organizer of such activities.
What do tourists need to identify travel guides?
First of all, you must know who is going to be in the core group of tourists you are going to assist. Tourists can be from various backgrounds. They can be from nearby countries, from countries that had something to do with the historical tourist attraction (such as American tourists visiting Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park). Then you would know what to expect from them and what information would be useful for them at first sight. Consider what the most important aspects of the attraction are and what information would be more relevant for them; this information must be displayed on ID cards.
After carefully considering all of the previous information, you can do what follows:
-Feature the data on the guide’s ID cards in different languages: this is considered polite to the tourists, considering that they may not speak the local language.
-Have ID cards that display the name of the guide in bold, legible font: some of the tourists may be of old age, and this may prove to be useful, especially if a group is arriving late and senior members cannot come closer to see the guide’s ID cards better.
-Have a uniform that makes the tourist guide stand out from the crowd. Some managers like to incorporate bright colors, some like to keep it simple but using obvious clothing and colors.
-You can add data such as the hometown of the guide. This sometimes proves to be attractive to the tourists, as they may be interested in visiting nearby locations.
-It is recommended that the ID card features the location of the tourist attraction or the part of the attraction in which the wearer is working. This can be done using Plastic ID card holders to highlight the card.
Why do the tourists need to know all this?
When assisting tourists, one must pay close attention to their experience. Most of the time, tourists are in a hurry and tend not to be acutely aware of their surroundings, and this soon proves to be a problem. We have seen it a million times; confused tourists may interrupt a visited guide frequently; it’s the best to be prepared.
You must help and inform the tourist as much as you can
If a tourist is not well informed, he or she will start to ask fundamental questions, such as: Is this the first stage of the guided visit? Where do I go to experience it from the start? This may not be a problem on museums and other enclosed areas, but during an outdoor visited tour, things can get complicated pretty fast. Non-verbal communication always helps a lot, especially if we consider that not a lot of tourists speak the local language very well. Sometimes, it is better to read the information and finding out for themselves.
If you inform them well, you help everyone
So, in general, to help tourists more around any attraction, travel guides must be properly identified and provide proper information on their ID cards. This helps save time and improves the experience; you have to do this for the tour guide, the tourist that may have questions and also the most experienced tourist.