World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations was formed in 1985 and serves as the Global Forum for Tourist Guides. Membership to the WFTGA is open to non-profit making, independent associations of professional tourist guides from any country in the world. The WFTGA has paid-up members from 64 countries, and is in contact with many more organizations and individuals. The WFTGA literally represents approximately 120,000 professional tourist guides on diverse continents.
An initiative of the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations, International Tourist Guide Day (ITGD) is held on or around the 21st of February each year. Fifteen countries participated in 1990, when it was held for the first time.
This special day is a public relations event par excellence, drawing the attention of local authorities, fellow citizens and the media to the quality and value of professional tourist guides. Each member country contributes to the success of the day in its own way: motor coach companies have contributed complimentary vehicles, while attractions and museums have opened their doors without charge.
Local tour guides have underscored their professionalism in an ever-growing number of countries by giving complimentary tours of their local communities, conducting tours for the disabled or disadvantaged persons, children, industry partners, officials and the general public.
In Hungary the main sponsor of this day is the Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry. They organize sight seeing tours by bus, boat, tram and around a hundred historical walks on these days.
In this year it was held from 19 to 22 February.