All guides are promoted via our website and social media. We also have periodical publicity campaigns that features particular guides and tours.
Tour Operators looking for guides contact us directly on a daily and weekly basis. We have a fair and equal system for distributing work amongst our members, and lots of our members have developed long and successful relationships with clients through work distributed via our association.
We represent our members at a range of trade shows throughout the year.
We have a CPD strategy that ensures all guides keep their knowledge and skills up to date. Members who submit their CPD record receive an online badge of achievement within their website entry.
Our periodical newsletter keeps members up to date with local developments, CPD events and trips, talks and lectures, and other social events run by the association.
Last but not least, NITGA is a supportive family for guides – we have close knit relationships and seek to look after each other, not just at a professional level, but on a personal level too. Life-long friendships have been made as a result of joining the NITGA family!
As an association we do not set fees – members set their own fees, but for 2019 we do recommend a minimum daily rate of £175 and a minimum half day rate of £100 in English and a minimum daily rate of £205 and a minimum half day rate of £120 in any other language – please communicate with individual members with regard to rates.
The Northern Ireland Tourist Guide Association is proud to provide professional guides all over Northern Ireland and beyond. Our guides are fantastic ambassadors for Northern Ireland and are recognised experts in key subject areas. We have ROI National and Local Guides, and NI Blue Badge Guides.
Blue Badge is the official, professional tourist guiding standard of the United Kingdom. The Standard of ROI National, Regional and Local guides is overseen by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). Our guides wear their Badge to indicate their professionalism.
Blue Badge Guides are recognised by local tourist bodies throughout the UK including Visit Britain as Britain’s official tourist guides. This is an internationally recognised award that is held in the highest esteem by all stakeholders in the tourist industry.
Our guide training is accredited by the Institute of Tourist Guiding (ITG) in London (See History Section for more info on the Institute). In 2019, we ran a White Badge Course at an historic site in Belfast. Watch this space for upcoming training opportunities – we are in discussion with various sites about ITG White/Green Badge training.