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tourHQ Global Guide Awards, 2018

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Randy Bibb United States of America

New Orleans

I am deeply humbled and honored to be a three-time winner of the Global Guide Award. I have studied New Orleans history since the 1970s; by the 1980s, I was giving tours of the French Quarter to family and friends. By 2004, I realized that I loved sharing New Orleans and her history so much so that I decided to become a licensed guide and start giving tours professionally. It was the best decision of my life! I’ve given all kind of tours, in all kind of ways – from walking tours and standing on buses and narrating, to driving a van to a plantation or swamp, and even on a Segway buzzing around the city! Today, I mainly do walking tours with an occasional bus narration trip. Ideally, I would like to be the guide for your entire visit – rather than have you get conflicting stories from tour guides who place more emphasis on putting on a show and provide entertainment as opposed to giving accurate information. If you’re planning a trip to New Orleans, contact me and let me be your friend while you are here. Again, many thanks to TourHQ for this honor; many thanks to all of you who made it possible and congratulations to my esteemed colleagues with whom I am proud to share it.

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Dennis Shayo Tanzania

Arusha, Moshi, Zanzibar, Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Manyara, Tarangire National Park

I am glad to hear that I have been selected for the third year, as one of the top ten guides by TourHQ, from among their 26,000 guides in the world! I love to share my beautifully country; come and see why Tanzania is such a great destination in Africa! Africa's leading attractions - Mt Kilimanjaro, the world's tallest free-standing mountain, superb wildlife viewing in top-class parks, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the annual great migration where over 2.5 mil. wildebeest and zebra migrate from Serengeti etc. make the visit worth your while. Another must-have experience is at Africa's Garden of Eden, the Ngorongoro Crater offering authentic African wilderness with unfenced parks, dirt roads and endless plains. There are also beach holidays to be had on Zanzibar Island, where you can do kite surfing, and chimp tracking of Africa in Gombe and Mahale Mountains National Parks. Tanzania is a politically stable and generally a safe country, guaranteed to give you a hassle-free holiday experience. Direct flights from abroad make the northern and southern safari circuits are easily accessible. A wide range of budget, mid-range and luxury safari options are available. I am looking forward to getting to know each guest, and sharing my broad knowledge and enthusiasm for the natural attractions of Tanzania. A huge shout out to my previous clients, TourHQ for their support, friends, colleague, and mentors.

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Damith Dilshan (dam) Sri Lanka

Anuradhapura, Colombo, Galle, Kandy, Dambulla, Bentota, Mirissa, Negombo, Sigiriya, Ella, Polonnaruwa, Nuwara Eliya, Yala National Park, Pinnawala, Habarana, Hikkaduwa

Hello!! I am Dam, a young tour guide from my wonderful Country Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is known as #ALandLikeNoOther. I love showing tourists the beauty of Sri Lanka. My mission is to give them the best experiences in their life. Ever since I was at school, it was my great desire to be a tour guide one day. My school was in a busy tourist area. Every day, on my way to school, I used to see a lot of tourists accompanied by guides. So, whenever I got a chance, I started reading a lot about the world tourism industry, tourism in my country, it's growth in my area etc. From then on, I tried to help tourists by giving them information while I was still at school! Fulfilling my ambition, today I have become a top tour guide in Sri Lanka. There are a lot of people I want to convey my thanks to, for helping me achieve this position. TourHQ is a main player in my growth. Thanks a million, tourHQ! You have done a lot for me. 2016 & 2017 was a great year for my career with you. The online review system you have introduced has been superb! There was no way for me to show the world my guiding skills without this system. So many tourists get to know about me only because of tourHQ.com.

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Sarath Karunarathna Sri Lanka

Anuradhapura, Colombo, Galle, Kandy, Dambulla, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Nuwara Eliya, Yala National Park, Pinnawala

Ayubowan" (May you live long) I was glad to hear that I have been selected in 2018 as “Top 10 tourHQ tour guides in the world. Coming out top among 26,000 guides around the world and sustaining the same in 3 consecutive years proves the quality, responsibility, and reliability of the service. My tailor made & hassle-free packages increased the business through new avenues. I soon started involving my extended family members and friends into my tour guiding business to help fulfill the rush of booking requests I was receiving because of tourHQ. In this short 3 years, I have a thriving business of my own. I have employed and trained many guide drivers who work for me in my vehicles. I think tourHQ is a great boon to freelance guides such as myself to expand their business. I profusely thank tourHQ management and the staff and offer my deep hearted gratitude for connecting me with world travelers to reach new highs in my career, with the reputation & recognition that tourHQ maintains in global tourism industry.

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Marcello Torrisi Italy

Palermo, Messina, Syracuse, Ragusa, Agrigento, Mount Etna, Taormina, Piazza Armerina, Sicily

I've been a guide since 2007 and work in one of the most charming and attractive regions in Italy - Sicily. The features and souls of my region have been influenced by many past civilizations. Interested travelers can experience this through our beautiful monuments, art, and archaeology - one of the most extensive in Italy. The influence is also evident in our most delicious foods and sweets. These will leave a lasting impression on all travelers. Last but not least, the people of Sicily so very charming, cheerful, warm and welcoming. I'd like to thank tour HQ for sending different travelers requests and I hope that in 2018 the cooperation with tour HQ will be as productive as it was so far.

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George Meyer South Africa

Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Franschoek, Cape Agulhas, Paarl

I, George Meyer, from beautiful Cape Town, South Africa, am truly humbled and honored to have been nominated as one of the "Top 10 tourist guides in the world" out of approximately 26,000 international registered guides on TourHQ. I would like to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to tourHQ, as well as to all my wonderful guests from every corner of the globe for this incredible accolade. Cape Town is a city etched in rich history and is a melting pot of cultural diversity, not to mention incredible cuisine, delectable wine, and immense hospitality. I look forward to welcoming you to the best city in the world, with open arms!

My country Indonesia is a rich archipelago. Bali especially has great activities of interest for tourists, such as nature, historical sites, archeological digs, great adventure sports, and a rich culture and tradition. Whether a solo traveler, honeymoon, family, company or a big group, a holiday with me will surely be memorable. I am proud to present my immense heritage to you through tourHQ.com. tourHQ after all offers me this great opportunity to connect to the rest of the world. Thank you!

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Rodrigo Eduardo Chile

Torres del Paine National Park

I am proud to be a tourHQ Patagonia Guide! From the end of the world, where the Andes mountain range recedes, and the immense fields of eternal ice begin, I invite you to enjoy beautiful Patagonia in Chile. I guide in both Spanish and English; my passion for my guiding area comes through equally in both languages as I familiarise you with the history of this region, the flora and fauna, glaciers and more!

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Mariuxi Prieto Ecuador

Guayaquil, Galapagos Islands

I am very proud of my country Ecuador and love the city Guayaquil, where I born. The Galapagos Islands have a very special place in my life. Ever since I was a little girl I used to hear stories about the islands and I imagined Galapagos as a very far and remote place with fabulous legends. I still remember the first time I saw the islands from a plane and the beautiful blue color of the water along Itabaca Canal, in between Baltra Island and Northern Santa Cruz. I want to thank tourHQ for honoring me with this special recognition. I share my award with all Ecuadorians around the world. Hope they feel proud of me!

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Praveen Mendis Sri Lanka

Anuradhapura, Colombo, Galle, Kandy, Mirissa, Negombo, Sigiriya, Ella, Polonnaruwa, Nuwara Eliya, Yala National Park, Pinnawala, Udawalawe National Park

As a licensed chauffer with NTDA (National Tourist Drivers Association) approval, I have been engaged in tourism activities in Sri Lanka since the past 7 years. I joined tourHQ in 2013 and our association still continues, with tours that I offer in English and Hindi. During the past years, I am glad to have done my job well and received excellent reviews from my clients, which has added credibility to my tourHQ profile. I would like to invite visitors from across the world to Sri Lanka and experience this beautiful country with tourHQ and me.