Next Meeting

The next Member Meeting:

7:00 PM, Wednesday, Febuary 14, 2018
Cavanaugh's Head House
421 S. Second Street
Report on SWOT Exercise
Update on "Avenues" Project
Info on Training & Certification Test
 
Public Welcome
 

Upcoming

      THE 2018 APT BOARD

  Contact Ed Mauger, Pres. of APT

  best at philaonfoot@gmail.com

           215-627-8680

    President: Edward A. Mauger
    Vice President: Jim Murphy
   Treasurer: Robert Levitt
   Secretary: Judy Smith
   Bd Member: Greta Greenberger
   Bd Member: Elaine Morris
   Bd Member: Susie Perloff
   
Wednesday, February 21 - Friday February 23,2018
NFTGA Bi-annual Conference
Wynham Historic District Philadelphia
Watch for email with APT member pricing and detailed information
 
 
 
 
 
 

Download the Autumn 2017 copy of the National Federation of Tourist Guides Association( NFTGA ) newsletter, "The National Standard" here.

 

 


 

PHILADELPHIA IS THE NATION'S NUMBER ONE HISTORY CITY

– AND WE CERTIFIED PHILLY GUIDES SPEAK HISTORY –

IN AMERICA'S FIRST WORLD HERITAGE CITY

 

 

       wHAT VISITORS SAY ABOUT APT-CERTIFIED GUIDES:

                                                 -- The highlight of our visit           -- Funny, fascinating and informative

                                       -- Hands down, The Best tour guides anywhere  (national committee on U.S./China)

                -- APT certified guides are the "guides to follow" - Mike Newall, Inquirer   -- America's Top Guides

 
                 Fascinated by Philadelphia's stories?   
Sign up for the popular "A GUIDE'S VIEW OF PHILADELPHIA"

                        Get the top experts on Penn, Ben, Hamilton, Lenape Natives + master guides from APT

             Starts in March at the Hill-Physick House, ends in mid-April for those who take the Certication Test

               Full cost of education program for APT members is only $180    (Added fees for Handbook / Test)

 
                  Come to the Feb meeting or e-mail Ed Mauger for the full description: philaonfoot@gmail.com 

 

 

 

 ABOUT APT  

 

APT Logo

The Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) was founded in 2008 to bring professional and volunteer guides together, to act as a voice for our membership, and to ensure a high quality experience to every visitor to our city. APT, with a membership of about 150 as of December 2017, is a Pennsylvania non-profit organization.

APT knows that our city's tour guides take great pride in the services they provide both visitors and local residents in exploring the rich historical, architectural and cultural resources of Philadelphia.

Contact us with any questions at info@phillyguides.org.

 

 


William Penn's Birthday at Welcome Park

 

 MEMBERSHIP  

 

If you're a Philadelphia tour guide or are involved in the city's tourism industry, APT has a lot to offer you. In addition to individual membership, APT now offers a Corporate Associate Membership for corporations and organizations. See our Membership page and our Supporters and Benefits page for information on APT membership levels and perks.

 

 MEETINGS  

 

APT members meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm. See "NEXT MEETING" on this page, left, for the date, time and place. Each meeting begins with a presentation by a guest speaker on topics ranging from 18th century clothing to current tourism issues.

You're welcome to join us anytime for convivial company, good food, fascinating presentations and lively discussions. We encourage you to drop by pnce as our guest. After that, if you'd like to attend meetings and talks, we ask that you either become a member, or make a donation of $10 per lecture.

To learn about other APT special events, workshops and speakers, see "UPCOMING" on this page, left.

 

 Betsy Ross welcomes APT members to her home and shop

 

 APT PHILADELPHIA TOUR GUIDE CERTIFICATIONS

 

 

In 2011, APT began testing and certifying Philadelphia tour guides for basic knowledge of Philadelphia history, people and sites. As of June, 2017, APT has certified 174 women and men for competency in guiding in the city of Philadelphia.

The next APT Certification Exam will be scheduled by demand. If you'd like to be notified of the date, time and place, please contact Education Chair, Bob Skiba, at education@phillyguides.org.

APT has also established a program to identify and certify Master Tour Guides. These are veteran guides who have progressed well beyond the level of basic competence, who can be depended upon to meet and exceed client expectations under any circumstances.

For more information about APT certification programs, or to apply for the Master Guide Program, visit the Certification page on this site.

 

 THE TOUR GUIDES HANDBOOK  

 

 

To promote high professional standards we have published a Tour Guides Handbook, an invaluable resource to anyone in the Philadelphia tourism industry.

For more information on the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides Handbook and and computer, tablet and phone friendly pdf, see the Handbook page, or purchase a copy at the APT Store.

 

 TOUR GUIDE LIABILITY INSURANCE  

 

 

Through our membership in the National Federation of Tour Guide Associations, APT is able to offer its members liability insurance with the Hartford Insurance Group at a low cost of $86 a year. You can download a FAQ or pay for insurance for 2018 at the APT Store.

 

 APT MEMBER LISTSERV  MAILING LIST  

 

 

APT maintains an informal, un-moderated email listserv for members. It's a great way to share notices of events you're involved in, recommend upcoming lectures or programs of interest to tour guides, or to post a question you may have about tour guiding or Philadelphia—tour guides love to share information!

The list is open to all members, but, in order to prevent unwanted spam to our membership and protect their privacy, members must subscribe to the list to either post or to receive notices.

To subscribe, simply send an email to president@phillyguides.org with SUBSCRIBE in the subject or in the body of the email. After you've subscribed you can post to everyone on the list by sending your notice to membergroup@phillyguides.org.

 

 FACEBOOK  

 

 

Do you want up to the minute APT news, comments and insights? Have something to share? Visit APT on Facebook here. Are you worried about privacy? You don't even have to be a Facebook member to view our page.