Now that summer is ending our careers often start shifting. Fall is our busiest season for tours. The summer international and domestic tours continue another couple months, the winter international tours below the equator start up, our very popular fall foliage tours start traveling up the East Coast and our cruise lines relocate their ships to warmer winter climates. Many of our tour members are retired so they prefer traveling in the fall when the kids are back in school, most crowds are gone and the weather is usually perfect.
It can also be a chance to work with a new tour operator. Some of the tour operators double their staff in the fall. Most will only hire experienced staff since they don't have time to train.
This is also the time of year the CMI Market (Conventions, Meetings and Incentives) is gearing up. It looks like an extremely busy September already. Now is a good time to start contacting the incentives houses and DMC's to set up interviews. When they get busy, they will call on those they have already meet.
When you are hired by the DMC's, review Lesson 9 so you know what to do when you are hired. I recommend taking copies the check lists in the "Tour Director Training Guide". When I started working with the DMC's I had my check lists. It is very different than leading tours. We do a lot more than 'hold up signs'.
In order to help the local DMC, destination management companies, in the Southern California area I'm offering Duffy Boat Training on September 25 in the Newport Harbor. We are hired to captain our Duffys, small electric boats, through the Newport Harbor sharing the life styles of the rich and famous. It's my favorite tour. You'll find details and enrollment below.
I'll also be conducing my Fast Track Classroom Training and one day DMC Training in November. Click below for details, dates and enrollment. The major tour operators start their hiring right after the holidays so you want to be ready!
DMC Training: http://tour-guide-training.com/Page_6.html
Fast Track Classroom Training: http://tour-guide-training.com/Tour_management_training_fo.php
Since schools are starting this is also a good time to start contacting the Student Tour companies. The types of tours vary greatly from a couple days on a Disneyland tour, a class visit to Washington DC, a senior class visit to NYC... to European summer tours. It can be fun and a good way of getting experience.
Elizabeth Moran covers the career in great detail in the "Tour Director Training Guide", Lesson 2. (Liz's first student tour was to President Obama's first inauguration.) She's done a great job in detailing the market, companies, finding employers, handling challenges and a step by step list of procedures. I recommend following each of the steps she lists before, during and after your tour.
Adventures by Disney has started hiring their new Adventure Guides for their domestic and international tours. Each of their tours have two Adventure Guides, one for the adults and one for the kids. They posted in July so if you're interested I recommend applying soon Link: http://www.adventuresbydisney.jobs/index.html
This is also a good time to start getting local related experience. I've listed a large number of local careers below. The list is very long so I've included the details for each job at the following link:http://tour-guide-training.com/Page_8.html.
Hope this helps.
Wishing everyone great success!
Duffy Boat Training
Newport Beach, CA 92663
ISX World - Boston, MA
Platinum Tours Maui - Wailuku, HI
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. - United States
Gray Line of Tennessee - Nashville, TN
Vegas.com - Las Vegas, NV
YMCA of Greater Dayton - Oregonia, OH
MSG Entertainment - New York, NY
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum - Bronx, NY
State of Michigan - Lansing, MI
Historic Tours of America(r) - Key West, FL
Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield, IL
Turner Broadcasting - Atlanta, GA
Speedway Motorsports, Inc. - Concord, NC
Pink Adventure Tours - Scottsdale, AZ
Old Town Trolley Tours Savannah - United States
Colorado Segway Tours - Denver, CO
American Heart Association - Tempe, AZ
Historic Tours of America(r) - Saint Augustine, FL
APPLESEED EXPEDITIONS - Santa Rosa Beach, FL