CHICAGO TOUR-GUIDE
PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION

Frequently Asked Questions

The information on this page has been designed to help answer questions asked of the CTPA. Please feel free to contact the CTPA if you require further information.

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  1. I need a bunch of people to staff arrival and departure transfers, tours and hospitality desks for a big convention. Can the CTPA help me?
  2. I don't live in the Metro Chicago area, but I want to attend the next National Federation of Tourist Guide Associations-USA and World Federation of Tourist Guide Assn. conferences. Can I join the CTPA in order to pay the lower "member" participation fees?
  3. I am really a Travel Director (TD) and may never become a Chicago tour guide, but I have experience working meet and greets at the airport and escorting groups on out-of-town trips. Do you recommend that I become a CTPA member?
  4. I just learned about the CTPA and I definitely want to join. What is the next step?
  5. Hosting a CTPA meeting seems like a great way to introduce our business to an influential group of tourism professionals. Do I need to join the CTPA in order to host a meeting?
  6. I bring a group to Chicago once a year and need to hire a guide to give a city tour. Can the CTPA help me find a guide?
  7. I need a guide later this week. Can you recommend anyone?

I need a bunch of people to staff arrival and departure transfers, tours and hospitality desks for a big convention. Can the CTPA help me?

The CTPA is not a placement organization and does NOT match employers with guides. We do produce a member directory that is provided only to other members. If you become a member of the CTPA, you will receive the CTPA membership directory, which contains a 60-word self-written profile and full contact information about our you 160+ Certified Tour Guides and Candidate Members.

If your need is urgent and if you provide as many specific details as possible (dates, time frames, type of group, hotel of group, description of needs) we can send out an email blast to the appropriate segment of our members asking that they contact you if they are qualified and available for the work you describe. At the same time we send out an email blast to our members, we usually will copy you so you know it went out and that you can expect to get responses.

I don't live in the Metro Chicago area, but I want to attend the next National Federation of Tourist Guide Associations-USA and World Federation of Tourist Guide Assn. conferences. Can I join the CTPA in order to pay the lower "member" participation fees?

Yes! It is not necessary to live in the Metro Chicago area in order to be a CTPA member. We have several out-of-state members who do not have a nearby local guide organization and pay CTPA dues annually in order to stay in touch with our organization and take advantage of the many benefits of CTPA membership.

I am really a Travel Director (TD) and may never become a Chicago tour guide, but I have experience working meet and greets at the airport and escorting groups on out-of-town trips. Do you recommend that I become a CTPA member?

Yes! There are several CTPA Associate Members who specialize in escorting student and senior groups out of town and are looking for people just like you. As some of our members are International Tour Management Institute (ITMI) or International Guide Academy (IGA) graduates who work principally as TDs, you may be able to network with them for other out-of-town job leads.

I just learned about the CTPA and I definitely want to join. What is the next step?

Download the membership application form, complete it and send your check to our Treasurer. Remember if you are joining after July 1 of the calendar year, you pay only 50% of the appropriate dues fee.

Download the CTPA Membership Application Form here.

Hosting a CTPA meeting seems like a great way to introduce our business to an influential group of tourism professionals. Do I need to join the CTPA in order to host a meeting?

No, absolutely not. Several meetings each year are hosted by venues or organizations that are not CTPA members. Please e-mail the CTPA President. She will be happy to answer questions, discuss logistics and possible dates that might work for you and the CTPA membership, before passing on your contact information to the Education and Program Committee.

I bring a group to Chicago once a year and need to hire a guide to give a city tour. Can the CTPA help me find a guide?

Although the CTPA does not act as a placement service for guides, we will try to help non-CTPA members find a guide for a urgent need situation once a year. (If you need to find guides in Chicago more often than that we suggest that you join the CTPA so that you receive a copy of our member directory which contains full member contact information and a 60-word self written profile for each member.)

If you would like an email blast sent, contact the CTPA President noting your specific time frames and job details as well as your full contact information. If you do not hear back within 24 hours, please call and make sure we have received your email.

I need a guide later this week. Can you recommend anyone?

Although the CTPA does not act as a placement service for guides, we will try to help non-CTPA members find a guide for a urgent need situation once a year. (If you need to find guides in Chicago more often than that we suggest that you join the CTPA so that you receive a copy of our member directory which contains full member contact information and a 60-word self written profile of each member.)

If you would like an email blast sent, contact the CTPA President noting your specific time frames and job details as well as your full contact information. If you do not hear back within 24 hours, please call and make sure we have received your email.