Services

Our services for members and partners in tourism

  • The BVGD represents the professional interests of German tourist guides as members with policy makers at both the German and European levels. But it also supports regional cooperation of tourist guides and is the stage for numerous contacts.
  • It ensures European quality standards in Germany through extensive quality management and training concepts. Both the BVGD Certificate DIN EN 15565 and the BVGD Certificate of Professional Extended Training assure a guide’s outstanding qualifications.
  • The BVGD promotes tourism within its own country as an eminent and future-oriented economic factor. It is devoted to sustainable tourism and supports the respectful handling of cultural and natural heritage.
  • Its homepage gives detailed, up-to-date information on all benefits, topics, objectives, and service offers of the association. Visitors can find professional tourist guides in German cities and regions by clicking on “Find Tourist Guide”. There, links are available to all local guides’ associations and their special offers. The list of guides with BVGD certificates offers direct e-mail contact to those specially qualified tourist guides.
  • The BVGD members’ magazine CICERONE is published twice a year. It informs about current topics in the association and other valuable information, introduces specific activities and events of BVGD members such as partner museums or new tourism-relevant publications on the book market. As a professional magazine, CICERONE reaches out to tourist guides, agencies, organizers, and tourism institutions, both in printed and digital form. Since 2016, the CICERONE SPEZIAL catalogue informs about more than 100 BVGD member organisations and their special offers.
  • The Online-Newsletter GUIDE INFO reaches out to members and partners in tourism with relevant news about the tourist guide business regularly about 10 times a year.
  • More than 400 museums and institutions allow free or reduced entrance to BVGD tourist guides for the purposes of research. In return these cooperative partners may present themselves in detail in the CICERONE, the BVGD magazine. An increasing number of institutions in neighbouring European countries and worldwide also accept the BVGD culture card and offer a discount.
  • The BVGD represents its members on national and international platforms, evidenced by its memberships in the two international guides’ organizations: the European Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (FEG) and the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (WFTGA).
  • As a member in the FEG, the BVGD cultivates the exchange of opinions and experiences concerning the different general political and social conditions for guiding in the EU. The course is set at the regular meetings for a close cooperation on the European domestic market. In this context the FEG supports the implementation of the European Norm DIN EN 15565 for a qualified guides’ training.
  • The WFTGA has initiated the International Tourist Guide Day. The BVGD arranges this day annually as “Weltgästeführertag”. The slogan “Get to know Germany free of charge” invites the public on this day to become informed about guiding. This common performance by the BVGD members has become a successful institution. Since 1999, it has delighted more than 230,000 people in Germany.