By Carole Copeland Thomas, MBA, CDMP, CITM
I am pleased to announce that on Sunday August 30, 2015 in Denver, Colorado I graduated from the International Guide Academy as a Certified International Tour Manager designation: CITM. A total of 12 students from various backgrounds graduated, representing the United States, Canada and Germany. It was an intense nine day non-stop experience.
The big surprise was that I TIED for Number One, along with classmate Amanda Larson of Colorado. She is pictured to my left with the black shirt.
It was a grueling but exhilarating week of travel and tourism terminology, role plays, group exercises, written exams and formal presentations.
The intensive program included: Travel Industry Terminology, Tour Operators Methods, Industry Trends, Job Description Tour Manager/Tour Director; Pre-tour Departure Preparations; Paperwork and Expense Accounting: Public Speaking, Airline and Airport Procedures, Baggage Handling and Control; Client Welcome Preparation and Delivery: Cultural Practices: How to Research: Leisure Days on Tour: City Tours; Motorcoach Travel; Destination Itinerary Planning: Motorcoach Driver and Teamwork: Optional Excursions: Group Psychology: Passenger Emergencies and Industry Networking.
This new achievement will advance my work in the travel and tourism industry. I am already leading worldwide tours, with the next one scheduled for February 2016 to India (Click Here For Details). I will also pursue tour management opportunities with other companies who engage the services of professional tour directors for group tours run by their organizations.
At 62 years old, I proved to myself that learning is still an important part of who I am as a diversity professional and global thought learner. I look forward to future travel adventures all over the world, thanks to my new training through IGA.
Why A Tour Manager, Carole??
This is more of a line extension for my business. I started leading tours two years ago with my first Caribbean Cruise. Now trips to India. The course helped me to better understand the industry while pursuing independent contracting opportunities with tour companies. You know the ones with the brochure of tours where you can travel anywhere in the world. Now I can lead those tours anywhere…thanks to the training I received. And be paid, too! Tour Operators hire tour managers like me to lead groups all over the world. I hope to begin sometime in 2016.
The International Guide Academy, Inc. of Denver, Colorado, USA is the most trusted worldwide recognized international training center specializing in training and certifying professional International Tour Directors and Tour Guides. The program was started in 1973 in Australia, and then the programs were conducted in Hong Kong and later in London. The company has been in the USA since 1988 and in 2007 expanded to holding courses in Mexico. In 2009, an International Tour Director certification program was conducted while at sea aboard the Norwegian Spirit. In 2010 the first program in Canada was held in Ottawa and our second program at sea aboard the Norwegian Dawn. IGA continues its program availability, with courses in Denver, CO and Ft. Lauderdale, FL USA as well as aboard the Norwegian Dawn for a 15 day Caribbean cruise and training.
IGA is one of four schools of its kind in the world.
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Carole Copeland Thomas is a 27 year speaker, trainer and consultant specializing in global diversity, empowerment, multiculturalism and leadership issues.