The National Association of Tourist Guide Professionals (ANGT), based in Rome, is an organization that was founded in 1986 and accepts professional tourist guides qualified to practice under current laws as members – either as individuals or under the local organization category. The association consists of the general membership, the Board of Directors, the President, the Board of Auditors and the Board of Arbitrators. There is also an internal representative, established by statute, that serves as the liaison between local tourist guide organizations and the ANGT Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors is comprised of seven individuals elected by the ANGT membership who serve 2-year terms - the President, 2 Vice Presidents, the Secretary, the Treasurer and 2 Councillors. The President also serves as the legal representative of the association.
ANGT was a founding member, along with the other participating European Union countries, of the European Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (FET) and adheres to the principles and membership requirements of the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (WFTGA).
The National Association of Tourist Guide Professionals was one of the first international associations called together by the Council of Europe to deepen and spread the awareness of professional tourist guides. The non-profit organization advocated on behalf of the interests of its member tourist guides and is non-political, non-partisan and non-denominational in its activities. ANGT is particular interested in the study and solution of problems common to the tourist guide profession and protects the rights of its members in disputes relating to their professionalism and ethics. ANGT promulgates the professional ethical standards by which members must conduct their business and promotes cultural activities through meetings, conferences and vocational training based on the latest research of the tourist guide industry.
History of the National Association of Tourist Guide Professionals
The origin of the association dates back to 1985 when a gathering of tourist guides at the National meeting in Catania voted to establish an Operating Committee whose “purpose was to carry out any legal activity useful and necessary for the formation” of the National Association of Tourist Guide Professionals. The association was formally created after a second National meeting convened by the Operating Committee in Assisi in early January 1986. Incorporation papers for the National Association of Tourist Guide Professionals were signed on February 16, 1986 with the formation of the association officially registered on February 24th.
Mission of the National Association of Tourist Guide Professionals
The aim of the National Association of Tourist Guide Professionals is first and foremost to promote the cultural identity and the natural resorts of its member regions while enhancing their tourist appeal.
Assocation membership is proud to have organized a team of arts historians, archaeologists, interpreters, teachers and a staff of experts on local tourist activities that offer a flexible, professional experience in planning activities and itineraries all over the region.
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