22 episodes

Tour Guides tell the best stories and Tour Guide Confidential provides the showcase for Tour Guides to talk about this endlessly fascinating profession. Join us for interviews with some of the top-tier tour guides to hear about their unforgettable guiding experiences while learning about best practices from truly creative colleagues. Last, but not least, if you’ve ever wondered about what happens behind-the-scenes on a tour, listen in to Tour Guide Confidential where every week we will explore and discuss the challenges of working in the tourism industry and uncover some of its more opaque practices.

Tour Guide Confidential Dr. Eyal Dujovny

    • Places & Travel

Tour Guides tell the best stories and Tour Guide Confidential provides the showcase for Tour Guides to talk about this endlessly fascinating profession. Join us for interviews with some of the top-tier tour guides to hear about their unforgettable guiding experiences while learning about best practices from truly creative colleagues. Last, but not least, if you’ve ever wondered about what happens behind-the-scenes on a tour, listen in to Tour Guide Confidential where every week we will explore and discuss the challenges of working in the tourism industry and uncover some of its more opaque practices.

    Anita Andziak - Virtual Tourism in the 21st Century

    Anita Andziak - Virtual Tourism in the 21st Century

    Anita Andziak is a Swiss-based tour guide and tour leader, PhD candidate and Virtual Tourism expert. Her passion is the combination of artificial intelligence and tourism. We sat down in January of 2022 to talk about the promises and pitfalls of Virtual Reality both during the pandemic and as we stride into the metaverse of the 21st century.  Based on her research and professional experience, Anita discusses the ways in which customer behavior, cultural changes and the geopolitical situation are pointing to new directions and tourism trends. I invite you to listen to this episode about VR tourism, where I push back a bit at the techno optimism surrounding this cutting edge technology while also learning about many of the benefits that this growing sector in  global tourism offers. To contact Anita and to explore Dokodemodoors where she is employed click on the respective hyperlinks.

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Aliza Bellehsen Avshalom – Guiding Paths and People in Israel

    Aliza Bellehsen Avshalom – Guiding Paths and People in Israel

     In this episode, I sat down with Aliza Bellehsen Avshalom in her beautiful home in the Galilee for a wide ranging discussion based on her decades of experience as a tour guide in Israel. Among other topics, we talked about Aliza's fascinating familial connection to Israel, growing up in New Jersey and what led her to train as a tour guide. We discussed her background of working with youth tours and educational tourism; environmental tourism and her love of hiking and the Land of Israel; cultural and ethnographic tourism and her desire to connect with her neighbors in a very multicultural and religiously diverse Galilee; the role of religion in tour guiding and her experiences as a religious Jew guiding devout Christians; multigenerational family tours; and the role that gender may play in tour guiding. In addition, we discussed guiding styles, changes in tour guide training, studying the Talmud and what makes Israel special. Aliza can be reached directly either by email at: aliza.avshalom@gmail.com or through her excellent "Israel Paths and People" website where you can see the gamut of the fantastically interesting tours that she offers. 

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Yoni Shapira - Tourism: Turning Experiences into Memories

    Yoni Shapira - Tourism: Turning Experiences into Memories

    In this episode, Yoni Shapira shares his rich, decades long involvement in tourism. He recalls how, as an oceanography student, he entered into this field as well as his long model making career or “life in miniature” at Mini Israel and elsewhere. Most importantly, we talked about the split between Guides focused on Incoming Tourism and those who work with the Domestic Tourism market and how this led to the creation of the organization Moreshet Derech or the Israeli Incoming Tour Guide Association that Yoni currently heads. We spoke about the difficulties of this position in unprecedented times and the organization’s attempts to lobby for compensation for tour guides. As part of this we also had an in-depth discussion on the difference between incoming and domestic tourism and whether domestic tourism should rightly even be considered tourism. We discussed how guiding Israelis requires a completely different skill set from guiding foreigners and why it can often be so challenging in practice. Lastly, among his many talents Yoni is an excellent researcher and scholar and he recounted how he discovered the hotel where Mark Twain was based in Jerusalem in 1867 and how this was the impetus for his book “Tourists, Travelers, and Hotels in 19th-Century Jerusalem.” You can reach him through LinkedIn or by email at: Lhs.yoni@gmail.com 

    • 1 hr 42 min
    Tamar Linchevsky - Guiding the Hero's Journey

    Tamar Linchevsky - Guiding the Hero's Journey

    In this episode I met with Tamar Linchevsky, a consummate storyteller who has been guiding for some thirty years. Unique in her approach to guiding, she takes her guests on inner and  outer journeys of discovery based on the ideas of Joseph Campbell's archetypal "Hero's Journey".  In our conversation, we discuss the current challenges and Tamar shares some of her own inspirational journey as well as the role that archetypal stories play in our lives. In addition,  I provide the latest update on the tourism sector in the episode's introduction. Specifically, I discuss the government mismanagement of the sector and the current challenges surrounding the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. Tamar can be reached at tamlintours@gmail.com or through her webpage at https://www.tamlin.co.il/en/. 

    • 1 hr 48 min
    Dr Eyal Dujovny - The Guide as Cultural Broker

    Dr Eyal Dujovny - The Guide as Cultural Broker

    In this episode, Tour Guide Confidential Host Dr. Eyal Dujovny has a conversation with Amir Katz and talks about his background and upbringing, how he got into guiding and what kind of a guide he is. Dr. Dujovny explains the impetus for this podcast, the way in which it was a Corona-times project and the importance of building a digital library that is an oral history of these trying times and episodes that serve as a calling card for guides. Moreover, he talks about his favorite places to guide, favorite groups to lead and recalls some of his more interesting guests. He discusses his decision to live in Israel and what is unique about guiding there – whether it is the wide variety of people, cultures and religions or the fact that it is such a misunderstood place. Lastly, he discusses his academic background and how he sees his role as a tour guide less as someone who can share facts and more as a cultural broker that brings people together. You can contact Dr. Dujovny through the Tour Guide Confidential website, by mail at tourguideconfidential@gmail.com or by Facebook at “Israel with Eyal”. 

    • 1 hr 40 min
    Elinoar Nitzani - Agricultural Tourism

    Elinoar Nitzani - Agricultural Tourism

    I sat down with Elinoar Nitzani to discuss the fascinating trajectory that eventually led her to a career as a tour guide. A polyglot who guides in four languages, Elinoar shares her interesting perspective as someone who has, from an early age, lived in various places around the world. Passionate about the natural world, Elinoar relates how she pursued a degree in agriculture and how this eventually led her to the budding new field of agricultural tourism. As a leader in agricultural technologies, Israel has become a Mecca for those interested in the latest innovations in food production. Elinoar, with her deep knowledge of this subject, is uniquely placed and at the forefront of this new niche in tourism. Lastly, we spoke about the role of guides as ambassadors for their countries, the challenges and advantages of guiding as a woman, and the ongoing corona crisis. Elinoar is available at elinoar.nitzani@gmail.com. 

    • 1 hr 42 min