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Are tour guides in China ready for the booming tourism industry?

Kong, H. and Cheung, C. and Baum, T.G. (2009) Are tour guides in China ready for the booming tourism industry? Journal of China Tourism Research, 5 (1). pp. 65-76.

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Abstract

This article aims to develop a profile of the educational attainments, skills and attitudes, career needs, and plans of tour guides in China based on a study of both permanent and freelance guides. The findings indicate that tour guides are ill-prepared for the booming tourism industry. The workforce in China's tour guide sector is currently dominated by young staff with an educational background in vocational and/or professional schools. Although a guide's work is challenging and demanding, tour guides in China do not appear to be highly respected either within society or among family circles. Tour guide work