The International Association of Tour Directors and Guides (IATDG) is the non-profit professional organization for trained and experienced tour managers worldwide. IATDG was formed by Tour Directors, Tour Operators, and Tour Guides with the common interest of ensuring “excellence in tour management and guiding”, which is our motto.

One of our primary goals is to increase the number of successful tours and satisfied travelers in the tour and travel industry each year. In order to accomplish this, we must ensure that tour directors and guides are informed, educated, skilled, and supported when leading tours. We must also see to it that tour operators have constant and immediate access to these highly-prepared professionals. IATDG is about success for all and we must all be involved to achieve it.

Our Goals

  • To ensure the highest level of professionalism among tour directors, guides, and operators

  • To support the exchange of services offered by tour guides & tour directors and opportunities offered by tour operators

  • To educate the travel industry and the government about issues important to and effecting tour directors and guides

  • To develop and provide industry-related benefits and resources to our members


Our mission is to set the highest standard for service and proficiency in tour management. We aim to support our directors and guides by providing and promoting opportunities for superior training, education, resources and exposure to employment. Likewise, we support tour operators by providing them continuous access and connection to these highly-qualified professionals.

The Team


Von Harden


Karen Yates

Community Manager

Advisory Board

Paul Sirner

Globus Family of Brands

Mary Ellen Pauli


Daniel Slater

International Guide Academy

Mitch Bach


Art Chesmore

Las Vegas Private Guides

Ken Thompson

Tour Director

Faye Brenner

Tour Director

Deirdre Rivas


Hillary Campbell Johnson

Tour Director