If you’re sociable, like to drive, and want to help visitors get acquainted with a city’s most popular attractions, you might consider becoming a tour operator for a sightseeing service.
One company who may be hiring is Hollywood Sightseeing Tours. They provide regular tours to major amusement parks, like Universal Studios, Disneyland and many other major attractions. You'll need to have a sense of humor, be quirky and entertaining, and know how to “connect” with your tour group.
If you are interested in becoming a tour operator, most companies provide on-the-job training. Hollywood Sightseeing Tours provides up to several weeks of training for new drivers, which includes ride-alongs with other tour guides to bring you up to speed on routes and tour information. After training, you may be assigned to any one of their air-conditioned, late-model vans, mini-buses or motor coaches. You may also become a limousine driver or provide private sedan service to their exclusive clientele.
To qualify, you'll need to take a pre-screening drug test, and have a class B commercial license to drive their fleet of buses and coaches. College is not necessary. But if you speak a foreign language, that’s a plus as they offer private foreign language tours. Advancement opportunities are available throughout the Hollywood Sightseeing Tours organization, including their affiliates (like GTSCharter.com). If you’re looking to start work in the hospitality industry and want to learn all about a city’s attractions, a tour operator is one way to start.
For more information, check out Hollywood Sightseeing Tours
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