I accept the terms and conditions as detailed below:
1. I am a qualified/accredited Tourist Guide (depending on area).
2. I belong to an Association/Federation which is represented in FEG.
3. I accept the following Code of Conduct and Quality Charter.
4. I understand there will be no refund of monies paid if I am found to be in breach of one of these conditions.
Code of Conduct
Adherence to the FEG Code of Guiding Practice provides an assurance of the high level of professionalism and a value-added service offered by the individual guides to their clients.
Tourist Guide Associations which belong to the European Federation of Tourist Guide Associations accept on behalf of their members FEG's principles and aims:
To provide a professional service to visitors, professional in care and commitment, and professional in providing an objective understanding of the place visited, free from prejudice or propaganda.
To ensure that as far as possible what is presented as fact is accurate, and that a clear distinction is made between fact and stories, legends, traditions, or opinions.
To act fairly and reasonably in all dealings with all those who engage the services of guides and with colleagues working in all aspects of tourism.
To protect the reputation of tourism in our country by making every endeavour to ensure that guided groups treat with respect the environment, wildlife, sights and monuments, and also local customs and sensitivities.
As representatives of the host country to welcome visitors and act in such a way as to bring credit to the country visited and promotes it as a tourist destination.
As tourist guiding professionals qualified in heritage interpretation FEG Members provide a warm welcome to visitors.
The quality of our service derives from our belief in two fundamental principles : respect for our visitors as representatives of their own particular cultural traditions, and respect for our specific part of the common European cultural heritage.
Our objective is the aim to inform enthusiastically and entertainingly as we share the riches of our natural and cultural heritage.
Our undertaking is a constant striving towards ongoing development of our expertise, ever greater adaptability and approachability and appropriate behaviour.
Our professionalism is assured through established standards and best practice recommendations covering the following issues:
Welcome - A warm welcome is assured by courteous, smiling, appropriately dressed and punctual guides who are ever conscious of the well-being of the visitor. Communication - Our success in customer satisfaction is based on the provision of correct, up to date information combined with interpersonal and communications skills.
Knowledge - Although bringing key qualities and previous qualifications, we qualify as tourist guides through thorough academic and vocational training. We prepare each assignment with regard to relevant and specific criteria giving varied, selected presentations.
Continuing Professional Development - We constantly seek to improve our professional performance, taking the opportunity to expand our range of knowledge by following further courses and re-assessing our skills wherever possible, particularly in the field of languages and enthusiastic and lively communication.
Organisation - The focus here is on keeping to time, fulfilling the itinerary and ability to cope with the unexpected without losing sight of principle objectives.
Competence - Only those engagements that are within our personal expertise are accepted. This relates not only to our area of qualification, but also to other relevant competences such as languages, additional qualifications, etc.
Confidentiality - The principles of professional integrity and discretion are applied without fail within the framework of all engagements.
Ethics - Local and national regulations are always respected along with exercising a collaborative spirit towards colleagues and site staff, presenting overall a positive image of our profession.
Ratified at the fifth European Tourist Guide Convention in Syracuse, Sicily, 2004.
FEG was founded in 1986 and comprises 22 national associations representing 60,000 tourist guides in Europe.