6531- Tour and travel guides

Canada NOC: 
Job Title: 

Tour and travel guides

Job Description: 

Tour and travel guides escort individuals and groups on trips, on sightseeing tours of cities and on tours of historical sites and establishments such as famous buildings, manufacturing plants, cathedrals and theme parks. They also provide descriptions and background information on interesting features. Tour and travel guides are employed by tour operators, resorts and other establishments or may be self-employed.

Main Duties: 

Tour guides perform some or all of the following duties:

Transport or escort individuals or groups on tours of cities, waterways and industrial and other establishments
Describe points of interest, answer questions and supply information
Provide historical and cultural facts related to the site
May collect admission fees and sell souvenirs.
Travel guides perform some or all of the following duties:

Escort individuals and groups on vacation and business trips
Ensure that reservations for transportation and accommodations are confirmed and that prepared itineraries are met
Visit and describe points of interest and plan and carry out recreational activities
Resolve problems with itineraries, service and accommodations.

Employment Requirements: 

On-the-job training is provided.
Knowledge of both official languages or an additional language may be required for some positions in this group.

Classified Elsewhere: 

Museum guides and historical and heritage interpreters (in 5212 Technical occupations related to museums and art galleries)
Outdoor sport and recreational guides (6532)
Tour operators (in 0651 Managers in customer and personal services, n.e.c.)

Source Of Info: 

National Occupation Classification, (2011)

Statistics Canada and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada,

February 2012,

Catalogue no. 12-583-X