What is the German National Tourist Guide Association – BVGD?

Tourist guides represent the cities, regions, and countries that they are qualified to present. It depends on their performance whether the visitors in their charge feel welcome, want to stay longer, or decide to come back. They thus contribute considerably to the way a tourist destination is perceived.

Tourist guides are able to help travellers understand the culture of a region and the way of life of its inhabitants. They have a particular role in promoting the cultural and natural heritage, but also in helping to ensure its sustainability by making visitors aware of its importance and vulnerability.

Therefore, it is important to have an association, that represents the professional interests of tourist guides with policy makers at both the German and European levels. The German National Tourist Guide Association (BVGD) is the umbrella organization of local and regional tourist guides’ associations in Germany.

It is a member of all organizations relevant to the profession. On the international level of the European Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (FEG) and the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (WFTGA). The BVGD was founded in 1994 in Cologne and represents more than 200 cities and regions with about 6,000 tourist guides, that conduct tours in German, English, and many other languages.

BVGD Image brochure in English language

BVGD Image flyer in English language

BVGD Information about tourist guide qualification

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