Putting on my Guide Hat: ToursByLocals Hosts German Media

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Because we are based in Vancouver, ToursByLocals enjoys a productive relationship with the city's tourism bureau, Tourism Vancouver. Through their Media Relations department, we get the chance to introduce visiting international journalists to our fantastic Vancouver (and occasionally Victoria) guides. While Vancouver is only one of the almost thousand places in which ToursByLocals has guides, it's been a great testing ground for liaising with media of all stripes.

Through our involvement in the visiting journalist program, our guides have met with bloggers, TV crews and travel writers from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, France, Austria, the United States and other parts of Canada.

Tomorrow afternoon, it's my turn to put on my "guide" hat and spend a few hours with a TV Crew from Germany! Thomas and Moritz are in BC to film a travel show for n-TV network and research a story for Outdoor Guide Magazine. Their focus is on Vancouver as one of the world's best "outdoor capitals." While Vancouver is going to be the star of show, I'll have some moments on camera too, sharing my local knowledge about outdoor recreation, arts and culture, and the city's culinary scene.

Full disclaimer: Being the company's Director of Communications, I do not profess to be a 'proper' guide! But this crew wasn't looking for an experienced guide as much as a friendly Vancouverite who loves their city and doesn't mind smiling for the camera. I'm not used to putting together itineraries and planning for all the logistics that go into a tour. After carefully researching driving routes, opening hours, the best spots for views, and chatting with local merchants and business owners about our special guests, I have this to say: guides do A LOT of groundwork before they even meet their group of travelers. My hat's off to all of you! Even when you know your city very well, there's still much work to be done to prepare to lead a tour. This "behind the scenes" work is what makes a tour flow naturally from one place to the next, and makes sure travelers get the very most out of their time with their guide.

My fingers are crossed that Moritz and Thomas have a great time tomorrow! I'll come back and share some photos once the tour is done.
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