Friday, May 27, 2011

Driver-Guide Positions

Here’s a request I just received from a tour operator looking for driver guides this summer.

Hi Cherie,

That's great! Here is our posting. Let me know if you have any questions about us, or about the posting. You can check out our website at (be sure to type it in the blue bar and use "www." otherwise for some reason it won't pull up the site.). I'll keep you in the loop for future postings as well - our needs change throughout the season depending on the number of tours we run in a certain language. I'm looking forward to getting to know some of your students!




Business is booming and we need excellent tour directors for a busy season! We operate small group tours of 5-13 pax and our Tour Directors act as driver/guides (you are the only staff member on the tour). Tours last typically from 13-21 days. Our season runs from mid-April through November; currently we need to fill a few spots in the program, so this is not a full time position. However, if you want to get your feet wet with us this year and commit to the entire season next year, we will keep you as busy as you like all season in 2012!

Tour guiding is not for everyone. It's a highly demanding yet rewarding job. We are very stringent in our hiring process so PLEASE RESPOND ONLY IF YOU HAVE THE FOLLOWING QUALIFICATIONS:

- Fluent in Spanish, French or German (at this time we are NOT hiring English-only tour directors); we especially need Spanish-speaking guides
- Excellent location knowledge (at least 60%) of the National Parks: Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion, Arches, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Death Valley, plus Las Vegas and SFO
- Experience driving a 15-passenger van/pulling a trailer (or similar large vehicle)
- CLEAN motor vehicle record
- CLEAN drug test
- Current CPR/First Aid (WOFA/WFR a plus)
- OUTDOOR leadership experience (leading GROUP hikes, camping trips, etc.)
- Ability to think on your feet and act in a mature and professional manner at all times
- Excellent communication, driving, interpersonal and outdoor skills
- Genuine enthusiasm and desire to provide the best possible tour experience to your clients
- Passion for the outdoors and the west - these are NOT bus tours, they are 'get out there and experience nature' tours
- Physically fit and able to lead daily hikes of 2-6 hours
- Able to lead camping tours (includes some cooking duties)
- Able to commit to a minimum of two back-to-back tours (2 weeks each, for a minimum commitment of one solid month)
- Professional guide training a plus
- Willingness to provide all pre-hire paperwork within 2 weeks (see the information below about our web site/hiring process)
- Flexibility to be on the road for at least 15-23 days at a time per tour; this includes transfer to/from tour; usually we try to schedule people for two tours back-to-back which means more than a month straight on the road (or more!)

What we offer:
- Highly competitive pay (includes per diem plus year-end performance bonus); all expenses paid while on tour
- Flexible schedule (this pertains to full-time guides only)
- Comprehensive materials about your tour to help you prepare commentary
- Extensive library of resources to support your own growth and learning
- Excellent back-office support before your tour and while you're on the road (the easier we make things for you, the easier our lives are too!)
- Please respond with "TD extraordinaire" in your reply to show that you have read this entire job posting; otherwise don't expect a response from us
- Transportation to/from the tour
- Reimbursement for tour-related expenses such as first aid certification, etc.
- Limited training
- Chance to meet people from all over the world and the satisfaction of being an integral part of their trip of a lifetime

We hire only the best... but if you're new to guiding and feel you possess the qualities we're looking for... and if this position truly resonates with you, don't be discouraged. Let's talk.

Please send your resume and three professional references to:

Jarmila Gorman
Operations Manager
Adventure Travel West
fax 303-697-5384

Interested parties may also visit our website, (type into the blue bar, and make sure you type in "www.") Under the page titled "Our Staff", near the bottom you will find a link to our employment page that lists all of the materials we require pre-hire, and in what sequence.

Please, NO phone calls and NO recruiters. Thank you for your interest in ATW!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Facts About Los Angeles

Here's some very interesting facts that about Los Angeles. They may be fun to share when leading LA tours.

22 May 11
The City of Los Angeles holds many distinctions. LA is the entertainment capital of the world, a cultural mecca boasting more than 300 museums, and a paradise of good weather. From tourist attractions like the Walk of Fame’s collection of stars (numbering 2,434, and growing by one or two a month) to career opportunities like those presented in the expanding biotech industry, Los Angeles is the place to be. It is the only city in North America to have hosted the Summer Olympics twice. Downtown LA is the largest government center outside of Washington, D.C. Los Angeles has the only remaining wooden lighthouse in the state (located in San Pedro’s Fermin Park) and the largest historical theater district on the National Register of Historic Places (located Downtown on Broadway).

Los Angeles is on the leading edge of several growth industries. The LA five-county area, with more than 134,000 jobs in the fashion industry, has surpassed New York’s fashion district workforce. The metro area also has more than 230,000 people at work in health sciences/biomedical activities and 361,000 people in aerospace/technology. Here are some more facts and figures about Los Angeles: the city, the county and the region.

City of Los Angeles: 472 square miles
County of Los Angeles: 4,084 square miles
Los Angeles Five-County Area: 34,135 square miles
(Los Angeles, Riverside, Ventura, Orange and San Bernardino counties)

There are 88 incorporated cities in Los Angeles County ranging from Vernon
(population 95) to Los Angeles city (population 4.1 million).

Source:,, California State Association of Counties –

Los Angeles spans a widely diverse geographic area. Primarily a desert basin, the area is surrounded by the San Gabriel Mountain range and divided by the Santa Monica Mountains. Los Angeles County has 75 miles of coastline and altitudes ranging from 9 feet below sea level at Wilmington to 10,080 feet above sea level atop Mt. San Antonio. Area Rivers include the Los Angeles, Rio Hondo, San Gabriel, and Santa Clara rivers.

Southern California’s climate has often been described as “perfect” and with good reason. Most days are sunny and warm, with gentle ocean breezes in the summer. The humidity is low with little rain. In fact, there are no unpleasant seasons in Los Angeles.
Annual precipitation: 14.77 inches Average high temperature: 75° F
Avg. sunny/partly sunny days: 292 days Average low temperature: 57° F

Source: National Weather Service Forecast Office at

Sept. 4, 1781, is the city’s official birthdate, when 44 vecinos pobladores—village settlers from the Mexican provinces of Sonora and Sinaloa — made their home in what is now Downtown Los Angeles. Two of the 44 settlers were Spaniards, while the others were Indians, Blacks and Mestizos (of mixed ancestry). Here to greet the pobladores was a tribe of American Indians called Tongva. The Spanish named the new settlement El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles, or The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels. After the territory changed hands from Spain to Mexico, the town was officially declared a city in 1835. In August 1846, American soldiers entered Los Angeles, and the stars and stripes have flown over the city since January 1847.


City of Los Angeles: 4.1 Million
County of Los Angeles: 10.4 Million
Los Angeles Six-County Area: 21.9 Million
(Los Angeles, Riverside, Ventura, Orange and San Bernardino and San Diego counties)
Source: E-1: CA Department of Finance (1/2010)

If the Los Angeles six-county area were a state, it would surpass all states in total population size with the exception of California and Texas. The County of Los Angeles alone would be the eighth most populated state, behind Ohio, with 11.5 million, and ahead of Michigan, with 10.0 million people. Los Angeles ranks as the second largest city in the nation.

The diverse, multiethnic population of Los Angeles today distinguishes the city as the cultural hub of the Pacific Rim. In fact, Los Angeles is one of only two U.S. cities without a majority population. People from 140 countries, speaking approximately 86 different languages, currently call Los Angeles home.

Hispanic or Latino (of any race): 48.4 percent
White: 29.4 percent
Asian/Pacific Islander: 10.6 percent
African-American: 9.9 percent
American Indian/Others: 1.7 percent

Source: American Community Survey 2006-2008

TOURISM STATISTICS (2010 Estimates):
Visitors to Los Angeles County 25.7 million
Domestic overnight visitors 20.2 million
International visitors 5.5 million
Visitor-related spending $13.1 billion

Source: CIC Research

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) 59,069,409
Ontario International Airport 4,808,241
Bob Hope Airport (Burbank) 4,461,271
Long Beach Airport 2,978,326

Source:,, Long Beach Airport -

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is a unique system of four airports owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles. Each of the airports – Los Angeles International (LAX), LA/Ontario International (ONT) and Van Nuys (VNY) – plays an integral role in helping to meet the regional demand for passenger, cargo and general aviation service in the 21st century.

As the gateway to the West Coast and the #1 international gateway to Asia/Pacific, LAX offers direct flights from 81 domestic cities and 65 international cities. LAX is the seventh busiest passenger airport in the world. Opened in 1984, the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX (TBIT) completed a major renovation program designed to make traveling through this international gateway safer, faster and more comfortable. The three-year project, which came in under budget at a cost of $737 million, was commemorated with a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 26, 2010.

LA/Ontario is a medium-hub, full-service airport with commercial jet service to major U.S. cities. ONT is located in the Inland Empire, approximately 38 miles east of Downtown Los Angeles in the center of Southern California. The airport is the centerpiece of one of the fastest-growing transportation regions in the United States.





Los Angeles Union Station is the 5th busiest station in the national Amtrak System.


The Los Angeles County coastline, stretching from Malibu to Long Beach, is 75 miles long.

The leading industries, based on employment, in LA County are:

Tourism and Hospitality
Professional and Business Services
Direct International Trade
Wholesale Trade and Logistics

Los Angeles has developed into one of the premier centers of economic and cultural activity in the world. If we compare the economy of the world’s top 20 countries; the LA five-county area ranks at No. 17 and Los Angeles County ranks at No. 19 in the world. The state of California ranks at No. 8 in the world economy ranking.

California is the leading supplier of entertainment to the world, and Los Angeles County produces the vast majority of the state’s entertainment output. The motion picture industry in California generates approximately $34 billion annually.

Los Angeles is the No. 1 import/export port in the United States. The total value of two-way trade handled at the Los Angeles Customs District in 2009 is anticipated to be $283 billion.
The top trading commodities were electrical apparatus, electronic machinery, measuring devices, motor vehicles, magnetic radio recording & playback equipment, apparels, and fashion items.

Los Angeles is home to 200 colleges and universities, including such prestigious institutions as the University Of Southern California (USC), UCLA, Pepperdine University, Occidental College, Loyola Marymount University and the Art Center College of Design.

Source: LAEDC

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

International Visitor Spending in the United States: 2010

More great news on Tourism!

The Office of Travel and Tourism Industries recently published its annual United States Travel and Tourism Exports, Imports, and the Balance of Trade report for 2010. Put simply, U.S. travel and tourism-related exports rebounded in 2010, following the precipitous drop in 2009 that resulted in a record-setting year-over-year decline of $21.0 billion (15%).
International visitors spent $134.4 billion experiencing the United States in 2010, averaging nearly $1.2 billion more a month than was spent in 2009.

Americans increased their travel-related spending abroad, too. In 2010 Americans spent $102.7 billion abroad, nearly 4 percent more than was spent in 2009.

The United States enjoyed a $31.7 billion trade surplus for travel and tourism last year, 50 percent more favorable than the $21.1 billion surplus in 2009 and the largest trade surplus on record.

U.S. travel and tourism-related exports accounted for 25 percent of all U.S. services exports and 7 percent of all exports, goods and services alike.

Travel and tourism exports to the Asia/Pacific region increased nearly 18 percent, the largest increase of any world region; indeed, international visitors from China, Singapore, and South Korea increased their tourism-related spending by 39 percent, 31 percent, and 30 percent, respectively.

Six of the top ten markets for U.S. travel and tourism-related exports posted double-digit gains in 2010; of the twenty-one preliminary countries reported, twelve countries produced double-digit gains and six countries generated record-level spending in 2010.

In fact every single country and region reported gains in total travel and tourism-related spending in the United States in 2010, except France and Belgium/Luxembourg. U.S. travel and tourism-related exports to visitors from France declined 1 percent in 2010, while exports to travelers from Belgium/Luxembourg declined 5 percent last year.

To view the United States Travel and Tourism Exports, Imports, and the Balance of Trade: 2010 report in its entirety, please visit:

The Office of Travel and Tourism also released its Top 10 International Markets: Visitation and Spending report for 2009. To view this report, please visit:

The U.S. Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI) is responsible for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating international travel and tourism statistics for the U.S. Travel and Tourism Statistical System.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Student Tours

The below company is looking for Tour Directors that can also work as Area Associates in the Tri States New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

College Campus Trips

Contact: Gillian Harper

Job Details
College Campus Trips is a leading provider of pre-designed and customized, fully-escorted trips to colleges and universities across the United States. Our tours minimize the stress and guesswork normally associated with the college selection process by providing students with first-hand introductions to the colleges that are of interest to them, their parents, guidance counselors and advisors. We offer a unique opportunity of escorting and managing your very own tours.

These key positions will be responsible for generating local and nationwide campus tours with high schools located within a defined territory in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. They will work closely with high schools and college counselors by providing the highest level of customer service and gaining revenue opportunities by securing new tours offered by College Campus Trips.

The Area Associates will be responsible for conducting their own tours and as a Tour Director they are accountable for leading and managing the activities of the group while on tour for three or four days, visiting various college campuses. This Independent Contractor position is part-time and offers flexible hours and it’s a great way of managing your own business from the initial contact with high schools through to a series of your own professionally escorted tours.


• Generate and expand relationships with high schools in the assigned territory to maximize new tour opportunities
• Determine, in consultation with the school counselors, the best tour elements and departure dates based on their needs
• Communicate clear requirements to Head Office for group planning purposes
• Presentation to the school in a timely manner, of a customized college campus tours with costs per person, as provided by Head Office
• Establish a service call plan for assigned territory
• Build strong relationships with the Counselors and Advisors within the high school to ensure the decision makers are being reached who can approve the tours and services being offered
• Consult and expand relationships with schools, Associations to reach a broad cross section of tour prospects
• Conduct Presentations at PTA meetings to encourage student participation if required
• Carry out pre-tour briefing for students and their parents at a high schools, if requested

Responsibilities as Tour Director:

• Review ‘Guide Book’ prior to departure and become familiar with contacts, departure times and ensures that complete lists of participants and contact details are included
• Become familiar with the tour components (hotels, Bus Company, security company etc.) and that all tour items have been fully prepaid.
• To take the leadership role at all times during the tour.
• Be responsible for verifying attendance throughout the tour.
• Perform a meet and greet with an official introduction and provide a brief overview of the trip with some basic rules.
• Brief the bus driver daily
• Take charge in the case of an emergency
• Meet the Security Guard each evening and provide instructions
• Call ahead if the tour is off schedule
• Conduct a pre-tour briefing for students and their parents at a high school meeting if requested
• Follows corporate expense policies and guidelines
• Represents themselves and College Campus Trips with the highest level of integrity and professionalism

Job Requirements:

• Ideally the candidate will have experience in the area of education and have previous contacts within high schools in your area.
• Individuals must be self-motivated and possess excellent communication skills
• Responsible individuals with effective time management skills

Applicants who do not already have legal permission to work in the United States will not be considered.

College Campus Trips
PO Box 11783
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33339

Job Available: Immediately

Business Development is based on commission
Tour Director activities are based on a daily Fee

Please note that College Campus Trips does not accept compensation from any educational establishment for a placement of a student.