Opening Ceremony


Pre-Convention Tour Kicks Off

Today, January 25th, 2017 the pre-convention tour took off from Homa Hotel in Tehran with around 140 Tourist Guides from 40 different countries. The six buses left Tehran at 7:30am and their first stop was Qazvin City where they visited Chehel Sotun and a 135 year old caravanserai. After lunch they headed to Soltaniyeh in Zanjan City and celebrated a cultural night with traditional music. The main convention inauguration will take place on Saturday January 28th with the presence of various Iranian and International dignitaries.

17th WFTGA Convention Survey NO.1

Dear tourist guides,

In a collaborative effort between Iran Federation of Tourist Guides Associations and researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of Central Florida, we are conducting a social network analysis of the 17th WFTGA convention in order to describe current characteristics of tourist guides social network and also to examine possible changes in workload, social interaction, and community-based collaborations among tourist guides worldwide after attending the 17th WFTGA convention in Iran. The results of this study will benefit the tourist guides, WFTGA, and IFTGA. The results can lead to a more efficient convention in the future focusing on factors contributing to tourist guides social and career success.

If you are a tourist guide/member of WFTGA and will attend 17th WFTGA convention in Iran, we are inviting you to complete two sets of surveys about tourist guides you know. The first (current) survey will take approximately 10 minutes of your time and needs to be completed before the convention starts. Be tuned for the second (follow-up) survey at the end of the convention. these surveys are complementary and we really appreciate filling out both questionnaires.Your participation is voluntary. To compensate you for your time, participants will be entered into a drawing for Iranian valuable handicrafts.

We sincerely thank you for your cooperation. All the data collected through this study will be saved in a password-protected system and personal information will be coded to protect your identity. We will share the result of this study through WFTGA website. Please click on this link to go to the survey Web site (or copy and paste the link into your browser). Survey link

Do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or concerns.

Ladan Ghahramani,

Project manager