Today is International Tour Guide Day by the World Federation of Tour Guide Associations
Today is the International Day of Tour Guides. This initiative of the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations celebrates the profession of tourist guide, one of the pillars of the city’s tourist offer.
In Brussels, nearly 800 guides crisscross the capital every day. All of them greatly contribute to highlighting the cultural heritage of the city. The International Day of Tourist Guides, on February 21, is an opportunity for visit.brussels to honor these ambassadors of the capital. Almost 800 of them roam the streets of the Brussels-Capital Region every day. Thanks to them, more than 150,000 visitors, tourists, Belgians and Brussels residents explored, toured and discovered the city in 2017. A bit of historyâ¦
The profession of tourist guide appeared in 1958, when contemporary tourism in Brussels was born following the Universal Exhibition. An association was quickly formed, the majority of Brussels guides becoming members. A few years later, other groups of guides were created and specialized in order to offer alternative tours on themes such as Art Nouveau, town planning, architecture, history and green spaces. True ambassadors of the city …
Today, 57% of tourist guides are self-employed, 41% are volunteers and 2% are employees. For 82% of them, this is a second job, 18% classify it as their main job. All participate in the enhancement of the cultural heritage of the capital: Brussels, its history, its buildings and its great figures, such as Charles V, Victor Horta or Jacques Brel. Passionate about the capital and the countless treasures it conceals, the guides arouse the curiosity of visitors on various themes. From beer to Brussels legends via street art, they scrutinize all aspects of the history and heritage of the Region.
Whether on foot or by bus, bicycle, segway, 2CV, horse and carriage, boat or even tuk tuk, the guides continue to diversify, always offering unique and original tours throughout. of the year.