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of skills with in-depth knowledge to deliver quality, entertaining experiences for tourists. The Institute of Australian Tour Guides, which has corporate members including Captain Cook Cruises, offers professional accreditation and training for guides. Chairman David Reeves says tour guides often start in an area they have a passion for. “We find the people suited to this job are generous with their time. I find people working in travel like to give more than they receive and are comfortable talking in front of groups of strangers,” he says. Reeves says tour guides must present well, know what they are talking about, have good people skills and even first aid certificates. “They need a good memory and be able to recall facts accurately,” he says. “They are good story tellers. “They also need to be able to handle groups in emergencies – what do you do and how do you do it?” Reeves says guides who take groups overseas can progress to tour managers, overseeing the major travel operations while using local tour guides.