Arizona Guides Association (AGA)
The Arizona Guides Association (AGA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting high standards of integrity, proficiency, and knowledge through continuing education and certification of its members.
AGA Objectives and Philosophy
- To encourage and promote high standards of integrity, proficiency, knowledge,
and growth in the tour guide profession.
- To promote the aims of the Association to other associations related to the travel
and tourism industry.
- To encourage continuing education for all of its members.
Functions of AGA Guide Members
- Provide accurate information about the State of Arizona.
- Are often the first people convention and meeting attendees encounter upon arrival in Arizona at the airport.
- Provide hospitality and registration staffing for conventions and meetings, and give information on shopping, restaurants, museums, golf courses and special events.
- Work for tour companies and provide information on Arizona history, geography, geology, flora, and fauna.
- Possess knowledge of the folklore and history of the Native American and Mexican cultures in Arizona.
- Often have bi-lingual skills.
- Are often docents at local museums.
- Escort groups on a variety of activities, such as horseback riding, jeep or hummer tours, mountain biking, river rafting, hiking, team building, and shopping
The AGA Serves the Tourism Industry in Arizona
- We provide quality service to the tourism industry by ensuring experienced guides for a broad spectrum of programs and activities.
- We administer a comprehensive written and oral examination to provide Certified Guides who are qualified to give accurate and informative commentary.
- Throughout the year, our members participate in educational activities to increase their knowledge.
Activity guides escort groups or individuals on activities such as: horseback rides, river rafting, cattle drives, hot air balloons, soaring, trap and skeet, golf outings, cooking classes, shopping shuttles, athletic events, and many others.
Airport Meet and Greet Guides are experienced men and women who work at the airport for groups of all sizes. Our greeters are often the first people encountered by visitors upon their arrival in Arizona and direct them to baggage claim, transportation, and assist them with any travel problems such as lost luggage, delayed flights, etc..
Airport Leads coordinate the “meet and greet" staff and transportation.
Certified Arizona Tour Guides are well qualified to provide commentary on tours throughout Arizona, either day tours or overnight tours. They are certified after passing a comprehensive exam administered by the AGA.
Over the Road Guides specialize in extended tours throughout Arizona, the U. S., or internationally. Most are graduates of a recognized tour school.
Travel Directors work as experienced staff for programs across the country and abroad. These ‘TD’s’ provide staffing for meetings, conventions, incentives and special events, facilitating meetings, hospitality and registration, food and beverage, and transportation.
Multilingual Guides speak two or more languages and may be available as translators.
The Arizona Guides Association does not act as a placement agency. Tour guides are considered independent contractors and, as such, they may negotiate directly with potential employers with regard to salary, reimbursed expenses and conditions of employment.
The AGA is supported by the Arizona Office of Tourism http://www.azot.com