WFTGA – World Federation

The World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations WFTGA

The BVGD is a member of the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (WFTGA) since 2001. The World Association represents 200,000 Guides in 82 countries on all fiveWFTGA_Logo_trans_klein continents. The first World Congress was held 1985 in Israel. Four years later, the WFTGA proclaimed the worldwide project “International Tourist Guide Day” to be held annually on its foundation day February 21.


The WFTGA regularly publishes the online newsletter “Guidelines Internetional” with current information about its work. Here are the latest newsletters for download:

Guidelines Internetional Nr. 21 (2017)

Guidelines Internetional Nr. 22 (2017)

2015 the WFTGA celebrated its 30th anniversary with the motto: “30 years guiding World Heritage and Culture – We are the professionals!” According to WFTGA Statutes the BVGD as a member of WFTGA may use the signet or corresponding links of the World Federation, BVGD members though are not allowed to use them.

Tourist Guides from Germany, participating in the WFTGA-Convention in Teheran / Iran 2017


At the General Meeting (WFTGA Convention) in Teheran / Iran in January 2017, after many years as President of the WFTGA, Felicitas Wressnig from Austria has resigned from the Executive Board. The new president is Alushca Ritchie from South Africa. The newly elected WFTGA board comes from six different regions of the world: South Africa, Scotland / Europe, USA, Australia, Canada and Iran.  In 2019, the Convention and General Meeting will be held in Tiflis / Georgia.

More about the Convention 2017

New President´s letter to all WFTGA members (Febr. 2017)

Contact the WFTGA board

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The WFTGA Convention 2013 in Macau had issued a statement in which its members commit themselves to high quality and service standards.

2013 Macau Declaration for Tourist Guides around the World