AJAR.id – Hello Ajarian! To guide people is not your only responsibility as a tour guide but you must accommodate the needs and wants of the group tour. Doing this will build a good rapport and enhance the participants’ experience.
Considering the needs and wishes of participants may include allowing for:
- Quiet time – to allow people time to relax and savor a view or experience
- Free time – for tour group members to do their own thing: most tour group members will want some time to do what they want as opposed to doing what has been organized for them
- A time for people to chat – this may involve chatting amongst themselves, chatting with other people they meet on the tour (locals, shop keepers, other venue staff) or chatting with their Tour Guide
- Personal enjoyment of site – this is time enabling tour group members to enjoy the tour as best suits them, rather than as imposed by the tour schedule/itinerary. Some people will prefer a passive orientation where they simply watch and listen while other will want a more active approach where they want to interact with people and activities
- Tour group members to have a rest – it is important to monitor the group regarding rest breaks and vital to understand the Tour Guide’s level of fitness does not dictate the requirements participants have to rest and recuperate...