6th International Research Forum for Guided Tours



The Role of Licensed Tourist Guides within the Tourism Sector Today

6th International Research Forum for Guided Tours

20-23 March 2019

Institute of Tourism Studies, Malta


The 6th International Research Forum for Guided Tours (6th IRFGT) aims to discuss a number of issues pertaining to the operation of Tourist Guides and their role within the tourism industry.
Specific questions which are core to the Tourist Guiding international discourse will be addressed, e.g. :

  • ‘How can tourist guides prepare themselves to provide the best service, both from a formal learning point of view as well as for continuous professional development?’;
  • ‘How can tourist guide contribute towards tourism policy-making?’; ‘Are tourist guides being involved and consulted by governments in large scale tourism projects?’;
  • ‘Are tourist guide considerate of new tourism products?’;
  • ‘How can the employment situation of tourist guide improve?’.



The International Research Forum on Guided Tours was started by a small dedicated group of researchers in Halmstad University Sweden back in 2009. Since then, it has developed into a bi-annual conference, where people from Europe, Asia and Australia meet to explore and discuss Guided Tours. The conference has travelled to Plymouth, UK, Breda, Holland, Portugal and Denmark.                                                                                 


TRACK 1 Tourist guiding and employability:

  • Occupational rights of tourist guides and employment stability;

  • Tourist Guiding as an academic programme of study;

  • Tourist guides’ continuous professional development.


TRACK 2 – Tourist guides’ contribution towards Responsible Tourism:

  • The relationship between tourist guides and host communities;

  • The contribution of tourist guides towards the natural environment;

  • Tourist guiding and Accessible Tourism.

  • Ethics and professionalism in tourist guiding;




TRACK 3 – Synergies between professions: Tourist guides and Cultural Heritage Managers

  • Best practices in tourist guiding;

  • Sustainability of tourist guiding.


TRACK 4 – Tourist guides as catalysts to the rise of Experiential tourism

  • Providing meaningful guiding to enhance the tourists’ experience;

  • Tourist guides’ knowledge and skills in experiential tourism.

  • The impacts of Mass Tourism on tourist guiding operations.


Information on the Conference Technical Committee:

The committee consists of the following members:


Dr Glen Farrugia

Scientific Committee Members:

Prof. Dr. Xerardo Pereiro

Prof. Dr. Reidar J. Mykletun

Dr. Hugues Seraphin

Prof. Dr. Abdelkader Ababneh

Dr. Areej Aloudat

Senior Academic Consultants

Dr. Noel Buttigieg

Internal Consultants

Mr Vincent Zammit

Ms Ruth Azzopardi



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Pricing for Conference:


ITS - Malta (Main Campus)  
Aviation Park, Aviation Avenue
Ħal Luqa LQA 9023  
Malta - EU 

+356 2379 3100

ITS - Gozo
Triq l-Isqof Buttigieg,
Qala QLA 1042, 

+356 2379 3400