What is a Tour Director?

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As a type of project manager/customer service representative, the tour director is responsible for leading a group of travelers on a multi-day sightseeing tour. The group travels together, eats together, and experiences the activities of the tour together. The tour director wears many hats. They are in charge of logistics, researching and delivering commentary, keeping track of guest food allergies and requests, partnering with the motorcoach driver, and more. It’s definitely a challenging job, but it’s also incredibly rewarding.

Classes begin April 15, 2024

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(1) A convenient learning hub with 24/7 access to online modules

(2) Weekly classes with live online instructors

(3) Final optional four day in-person Practicum with live instruction and practical evaluations


Over seven weeks, students will complete online modules on their own. Assessments will be given at the end of every module and must be passed with a score of 80% or greater.

Weekly Classes:
Every weekend, a live online class will be given by one or more of our instructors. These weekend classes will be based on the topics of that week's modules

Optional Practicum:
At the end of seven weeks, the course will culminate in an in-person practicum in Dallas. The practicum will consist of four days of live instruction and practical evaluations and motorcoach training. Students will put their newly acquired skills into practice. The live practicum will have several graded assignments due before the practicum begins. With IATDG’s stamp of approval, graduates of the program will be ready to start their exciting new career.


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What We Do for
Tour Directors:

At IATDG, we believe in the collective success of tour directors, tour guides, and tour operators. Join us in shaping a future where excellence in tour management and guiding is not just a motto but a shared achievement. Be part of a community that is informed, educated, skilled, and supported—because success in the tour and travel industry is success for all.

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1. Job Postings:

Stay in the loop with exciting opportunities in the tour and travel industry. IATDG actively sends out job postings to our esteemed community of tour directors and guides.

2. Personalized Profiles:

Showcase your skills and expertise! Our website hosts profiles for tour directors (TDs) and tour guides (TGs). These profiles, complete with resumes, serve as a valuable resource for tour operators seeking specific skills, location expertise, and more.

3. TourConnect: Yearly Job Fair & Educational Conference:

Elevate your career at TourConnect, IATDG's annual conference. This event serves as both a job fair and an educational conference. Tour directors have the opportunity for face-to-face interviews with tour operators, opening doors to new career opportunities.

Simultaneously, all attendees can participate in the conference’s educational programing, fostering networking and skill enhancement for tour directors, tour guides, and tour operators alike.

4. Annual Conference Discounts:

Membership has its perks! IATDG association members enjoy exclusive discounts on our annual conference—an enriching gathering that fosters networking, learning, and collaboration.

5. Continuous Education:

Elevate your knowledge and skills throughout the year. IATDG provides ongoing educational opportunities for tour directors and guides, ensuring they stay informed, relevant, and equipped to deliver exceptional tour experiences.

6. Mentorship and Resume Assistance:

Navigate your career path with confidence. IATDG offers mentorship programs connecting you with experienced tour directors and tour operators. Additionally, our services include resume assistance, helping you put your best foot forward in the competitive tour industry.

7. Always Available Support:

Questions? We've got answers. IATDG ensures that someone is always available to address queries and provide the support our members need. Your success is our priority, and we are here to assist you every step of the way.


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