ABOUT US

HISTORY

The Mallorca Professional Association  of Tourist Informants was created in 1977. This Association was expanded with the incorporation of the other islands of the archipelago, becoming the Professional Association of Tourist Informants of the Balearic Islands in 1985.

REGULATION

The official College of Tourist Guides of the Balearic Islands (COGTIB), is regulated by the Law 10/1998 of December 14, 1998 1998 of Professional Associations of the Balearic Islands, published in the BOIB in December 19, 1998.

PERSONAL

The College currently has more than 190 professionals working as Tourist Guides of the Balearic Islands.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

The Official Colege of the Balearic Islands las Islas Baleares is non profit making.

Our Objectives

The representation, defence and promotion of the professional, social, economic and cultural interests of its members.
Act as the representative with various institutions, authorities and the media.
Establishment, protection and promotion of a code of ethics among its members.
Collaborate with institutions to prevent professional encroachment.
Continuous training of its members through yearly seminars, conferences and workshops, for example. The association has ongoing communication with most museums, monuments and exhibitions to keep its guides up to date.
Promote tourism respectful of the natural and cultural environment of the Balearic Islands.
Facilitate the incorporation of new guides by conducting work practice with its members.

Board of Directors

Elected in general assembly as of 02/07/2019
Presidente: Pedro Oliver García

Pedro Oliver

President

Adriana Blascikova

Delegate

Laura Velasco

Vice President

Joan Bonet

Delegate

Inmaculada Dezcallar

Secretary

Paloma Garrido

Treasurer

What do I gain by joining??

Have a direct relationship with over 190 members and colleagues, with whom you can share ideas, problems and work, for example.
Achieve lifelong learning through our training courses, lectures, seminars and visits.
Be informed at all times of any developments and changes, e.g. in opening times and reservation requirements, for the various city sights, caves, churches, monasteries and transportation.
Be informed about changes in national or European law.
Be advised on legal matters.

How to join?

PROVIDING THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION

Original and photocopy of ID card (DNI).
Original and photocopy of Tour Guide qualification.
Bank details.
A recent photograph.
Payment of the joining fee.

Payment of the quarterly fee for the current year.

Where to join?

AT OUR OFFICE

C/ del Ter, 27, 1er piso, Despacho 4. Polígono Son Fuster
07009 Palma de Mallorca
Tlf. 971 460 697 / 667 488 883

FOR ANY DOUBT

CONTACT US

Tourist guide as a profession

The profession of a tourist guide is performed by...

Trained personnel on a regular and paid basis. It consists of providing information and interpretation services regarding historical and natural heritage, assets of cultural interest, catalogued assets and other tourist resources in the Balearic Islands to tourists and visitors in the two official languages of the Balearic Islands, as well as any other foreign language, which must also be accredited.

Source

Source: Chapter X, Article 136.2, Decree 20/2015.

To be a Balearic Islands Tour Guide you need...

Authorisation granted by the competent tourism administration in tourism management for each island is needed, under the terms provided in this chapter. This allows the activity to be performed in the Balearic Islands, any Autonomous Community in Spain and any member state of the European Union under the terms provided in the appropriate local or national legislation.

Source

Chapter X, Article 137.1, Decree 20/2015.

These are the activities for which a tour guide is required...

To conduct visits and excursions to provide information and interpretation services for groups of tourists and visitors to cultural assets and those catalogued as being of historical, artistic and cultural interest in the Balearic Islands; whether museums, caves, archaeological sites, churches, monasteries, shrines, castles, towns or other locations of this nature; as well as national and natural parks, landscapes, natural reserves and monuments, as declared in accordance with Law 5/2005, May 26, for the conservation of environmentally important areas.

Fuente

Chapter X, Article 136.3, Decree 20/2015.

Competent island tourism administrations must set tests for...

The qualification of Official Guide to the Balearic Islands, regarding particular topics to be developed with respect to the blocks of natural and cultural heritage in the Balearic Islands. Knowledge of English, at least one other foreign language and the official languages in the Balearic Islands are also tested.

The general requirements for authorisation are:

  1. Having Spanish nationality or that of any member state of the European Union or signatory to the European Economic Area Agreement, being a foreign citizen resident in Spain with the recognised right to engage in gainful employment or others in accordance with current regulations.
  2. Being an adult.
  3. Having any of the following qualifications: vocational training higher level training cycle; university diploma or degree; master’s degree, a degree or any other approved equivalent. Be in possession of a professional certificate or other accreditation of the skills required to be a Guide for tourists and visitors, via the evaluation and accreditation of the skills acquired through work experience or other non-formal training methods, under the terms contained in the Organic Law 5/2002, June 19, Vocational Training and Qualifications, and the Royal Decree 1224/2009, July 17.
  4. Accreditation of knowledge of English and at least one other foreign language under the terms established in this chapter.
  5. Certification of knowledge of Catalan and Castilian Spanish under the terms established in this chapter.
  6. Knowledge of the natural and cultural heritage of the Balearic Islands, as provided for in this chapter.

Fuente

Source: Chapter X, Articles 137.2 and 137.4 of Decree 20/2015

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