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About ToursByLocals Guides

Tour guides are the foundation of ToursByLocals. Here's how we make sure they're great.

Before becoming a ToursByLocals guide, each applicant undergoes a rigorous selection process:

  • initial application review to determine if the applicant meets our ToursByLocals guide requirements.
  • reference and background check through the Thomson Reuters World-Check service. Every 6 months, we re-screen all guides.
  • telephone interview
  • confirmation that the guide applicant meets both legal requirements and industry best practices in the delivery of their proposed tours.
  • confirmation that the applicant readily adheres to ToursByLocals' business principles.

After acceptance, we provide our guides with:

  • all the tools needed to create a professional web presence
  • training to help design quality tour offerings
  • review of tour offerings for clarity and language before they're posted
  • marketing program to attract potential customers
  • appropriate payment in case of 'no-shows' or late-notice cancellations

Ongoing quality measures:

  • unedited reviews of tours from ToursByLocals travelers
  • ongoing support from ToursByLocals' Guide Support team
  • removal from the ToursByLocals system for failure to abide by our business principles

Thinking of becoming a ToursByLocals tour guide? View a 3 minute movie about what it means to be a ToursByLocals guide. Then start the guide application process.

Already a ToursByLocals tour guide? Please use the tour guide log in.