NVCC COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
TRV 136 - TOUR GUIDING AND MANAGEMENT (3 CR.)
Focuses on the aspects and skills involved in tour guiding and tour management. Covers the components of a tour, trends, and the approaches to public speaking, cultural sensitivity, working with various age groups, and with the physically challenged. Lecture 3 hrs. per week.
GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE
This course is designed to introduce the guiding and tour management profession and to provide practical instruction in the skills needed to obtain and thrive in these positions.
ENTRY LEVEL COMPETENCIES
COURSE OBJECTIVES/EDUCATIONAL OUTCOME
- To introduce the guiding and tour managing professions.
- To identify the responsibilities of tour guides and tour managers.
- To analyze the philosophy of interpretation.
- To identify characteristics prevalent in the American culture and other cultures.
- To identify characteristics and needs of travelers in various age groups.
- To review the planning involved prior to managing a tour.
- To identify the resources available in tour planning.
- To develop better communication and presentation skills.
- To analyze the qualities of effective presentations.
- To identify various disabilities and develop methods for working with them.
- To inventory career possibilities and choose an appropriate path.
- To develop a simulated tour.
MAJOR TOPICS TO BE COVERED
- Introduction to the Guiding and Tour Managing Profession.
- Introduction to the Interpretation Philosophy.
- The Tour Process and Tour Manager/Tour Guide Responsibilities.
- American Values and Their Impact on Travel.
- Cultural Differences.
- Characteristics of and Methods for Dealing with Various Age Groups.
- Research Materials and Methods.
- Presentation and Speaking Techniques.
- Working with the Physically and Mentally Challenged.
- Basic First Aid.
- Legal Considerations: Taxes, Liability, Insurance, Licensing.
- Review of Opportunities in the Field.
- Presentation of Simulated Tour.