EXECUTIVE BOARD

17 January
09:00 – 18:00  Hospitality Desks    
 Dinner at Xeme Restaurant at The Biltmore Hotel.  
Biltmore Hotel Ground Floor Foyer
18 January
09:00-18:00 Registration & Hospitality Desks Biltmore Hotel Ground Floor Foyer
08:00 – 10:00, 15:30 – 18:00  WFTGA Desk (WFTGA Membership fee payments / WFTGA Trainer fee payments / Merchandise Sales / collection of Auction items)  Foyer area – 2nd Floor Biltmore
9:00 EXBO Board Meeting –session 1 ExBO Meeting Room 1
13:00 – 14:00  EXBO lunch  Sonnet Restaurant
14:00 – 17:30  EXBO Board Meeting –session 2   ExBO Meeting Room 1
19:00 EXBO Welcome dinner with hosts  
19 January
09:00 – 18:00   Registration & Hospitality Desks  Biltmore Hotel Ground Floor Foyer
08:00 – 10:00, 15:30 – 18:00  WFTGA Desk (WFTGA Membership fee payments / WFTGA Trainer fee payments / Merchandise Sales / collection of Auction items Foyer area – 2nd Floor 
10:00 - 18:00  Workshop Registration Desk  Foyer area – 2nd Floor Biltmore
09:00 – 13:00 EXBO Board Meeting –session 3  EXBO Meeting Room 1
13:00– 14:00  EXBO lunch _ Sonnet Restaurant   
14:00 – 16:00  EXBO Board Preparations, session 4  EXBO Meeting Room 1
17:30 – 19:00  New Delegates Briefing  Meeting Room 4
20:00 – 22:00  Welcome Dinner EXBO & Registered Delegates and their accompanying persons only  Easy Wine Restaurant, Old City district / Dress Code: Smart Casual/ 19:45 Meet in foyer for Transport departure
20 January
7:00 Breakfast room opens   
09:00 – 18:00  Registration & Hospitality Desks Hotel Ground Floor Foyer
08:00 – 10:00, 15:30 – 18:00  WFTGA Desk (WFTGA Membership fee payments / WFTGA Trainer fee payments / Merchandise Sales / collection of Auction items) Foyer Area – 2nd floor Biltmore
10:00 - 17:00  Workshop Registration Desk (A reminder to register to attend the Convention workshops) Foyer Area – 2nd floor Biltmore
09:00 – 13:00  Opening of General Assembly - Delegates Meeting – Session 1  Amphitheatre – 2nd floor Biltmore (Dress Code: Business attire / Venue opens: 08:30)
13:00  – 14:00  EXBO Lunch  
14:00 – 17:30   General Assembly / Delegates Meeting – Session 2 Amphitheatre – 2nd floor Biltmore
19:30 – 23:00 Welcome Cocktail function (EXBO, Delegates, Participants, Accompanying persons, Guests, Hosts) Tbilisi City Assembly, Freedom Square (Dress Code: Smart Casual) 19:15 Meet in foyer for Transport departure
20:30 Official Group Photograph  
21 January
7:00 Breakfast room opens  
07:00 – 07:30  Georgian Dance lesson / Daily stretches  Gym  Area
09:00 – 18:00  Registration & Hospitality Desks  
07:00 – 08:30  Training Committee Meeting  Working breakfast – private dining area
09:00 - 13:00  2019 WFTGA OPENING CEREMONY
VENUE  OPENS  08:30
Biltmore Ball Room               ***Interactive Demonstrations – Celebrating Georgian Handicrafts***
12:30 Press Conference  
13:00 – 14:00  Lunch  
14:00 – 18:00  WFTGA Desk (WFTGA Membership fee payments / WFTGA Trainer fee payments / Merchandise Sales / collection of Auction items) Foyer Area – 2nd floor Biltmore.
10:00 - 16:00  Workshop Registration Desk (A reminder to register to attend the Convention workshops) Foyer Area – 2nd floor Biltmore
14:00 - 16:00 Trainers Meeting - General meeting (2 hours) - Requisite - WFTGA Trainers only  Amphitheatre – 2nd floor
16:00 – 17:00   Area Representatives Meeting - Requisite  for current WFTGA ARs  Meeting Room 5
17:00 – 19:00  Delegates informal open discussions – round table session Meeting Room 4
19:00 - 22:00  Dinner & Entertainment (EXBO, Delegates, Participants, Accompanying persons, Guests, Hosts) Sonnet Restaurant, Biltmore Hotel & Xeme (Dress Code: Casual).
22 January
7:00 Breakfast room opens  
07:00 – 07:30  Georgian Dance lesson / Daily stretches Gym areaBiltmore (Dress Code: Business attire / Venue opens: 08:30)
09:00 – 18:00  Hospitality Desks  
15:30 – 16:00  WFTGA Desk (WFTGA Membership fee payments / WFTGA Trainer fee payments / Merchandise Sales / collection of Auction items) Biltmore 2nd floor foyer area
08:30 – 13:00  ***Interactive Demonstrations – Celebrating Georgian lettering***  Biltmore Ball room foyer area
09:00 – 10:30  Plenary Session 1 - Keynote speaker: Professor Karen Harris : Building Bridges – Breaking Barriers Biltmore Ball Room
10:30 – 11:00  Tea/Coffee Break Ball Room foyer area
11:00 – 13:00  Plenary Session 2 -Who will be our 2021 WFTGA Convention hosts?
WFTGA Association Presentations.
Biltmore Ball Room
13:00 – 14:00  Informal Lunch  
14:00 – 15:30  Workshop 1A : An opportunity to learn more about WFTGA Training Division. Presented by: WFTGA Training Committee Meeting room  4
Workshop 1B: Moderation and Accreditation explained . Presented by: WFTGA Training Committee Meeting room 5
Workshop 2: Online Storytelling – Sharing your story in a positive and interesting manner.   Presenter: Terry Anzur Meeting room 6
Workshop 3: Georgian UNESCO recognised Gastronomy Traditions.  Presenter :  Giorgi Kharatishvili Meeting room 7
16:00 – 17:30  Tea/Coffee Break / Use the opportunity to visit the Bidding country displays 2nd Floor foyer areaattire / Venue opens: 08:30)
Workshop 4: Courteousness and respect as a prerequisite in the work of a professional guide. Presented by: Elisabeth Daude Meeting room 6
Workshop 5: Guiding with Children – an entertaining and interactive lesson. Presenter: Sebastian Frankenberger Meeting room 7
Workshop 2: Online Storytelling – Sharing your story in a positive and interesting manner. Presenter: Terry Anzur Meeting room 4
Workshop 6: From Public servants to Professionals  Tourist Guides in Historical and Contemporary Journals and Literature. Presenter: Stanislav Voleman Meeting room 5
19:00 – 22:00  Informal Dinner (EXBO, Delegates, Participants, Accompanying persons, Hosts) & Entertainment provided by Giorgi Natenadze & Ano Shanshiashvili  Biltmore Ball Room / Dress code: Smart Casual /
23 January
7:00 Breakfast room opens   
07:00 – 07:30  Georgian Dance lesson / Daily stretches Gym Area
07:15 – 08:45  WFTGA Presidents Breakfast – by invitation only Private  breakfast area – 2nd Floor
09:00 – 11:00  Plenary Session 3: The Pros & Cons of Government Regulating versus Self Regulating (non-Government involvement) of the Tourist Guiding Profession Biltmore Ball Room
09:00 – 18:00  Hospitality Desks  
11:00 – 11:30; 17:00 – 17:30  WFTGA Desk (WFTGA Membership fee payments / WFTGA Trainer fee payments / Merchandise Sales / collection of Auction items)    Biltmore 2nd floor foyer area
11:00 - 16:00  Workshop Registration Desk (A reminder to register to attend the Convention workshops) Biltmore 2nd floor foyer area
11:00 – 11:30  Tea/Coffee Break / Use the opportunity to visit the Bidding country displays  
11:30 – 13:30  General Assembly / Delegates Meeting – Session 3  Amphitheatre – 2nd floor Biltmore
13:30 – 14:30  Lunch At Leisure   
14:30 – 17:00  Excursion Option 1: Visit to the National Gallery        Excursion Option 2:Visit Georgian Treasury (meet at Hospitality Desk)  
17:30 – 20:00  WFTGA Trainers meeting and workshop (All WFTGA NTs, ITs, LITs only)  Meeting room 8
20:00 Dinner at Leisure  
24 January
7:00 Breakfast room opens  
07:00 – 07:30  Georgian Dance lesson / Daily stretchesthe Convention workshops) Gym  Area
09:00 – 18:00  Hospitality Desks  
08:30 – 13:00  WFTGA Desk Biltmore 2nd floor foyer area
11:00 - 16:00  Post-Tour Grouping Biltmore 2nd floor foyer area
12:00 – 13:00  EXBO Board Meeting  
09:30 –11:30  Workshop 6: From Public servants to Professionals  Tourist Guides in Historical and Contemporary Journals and Literature. Presenter: Stanislav Voleman Meeting room 7
Workshop 10: Storytelling on the Silk Road: Georgia and beyond. Presenters: Uysal Yenipinar in collaboration with Ioseb Khelashvili Meeting room 4
Workshop 5 (repeat): Guiding with Children – an entertaining and interactive lesson. Presenter: Sebastian Frankenberger Meeting room 6
Tea/Coffee Break (Your final opportunity to visit the Bidding country displays) 2nd Floor foyer area
Workshop 11: Mobile Content and production – Self branding for Tourist Guides. Presenter: Dimitria Papadopoulou Meeting room 7
Workshop 12: Memory skills. Presenter: Susanne Kirchberger Meeting room 4
Workshop 13: How to lead a battlefield tour. Presenter: Tatyana Bukharina Meeting room 6
13:00 – 14:00  Informal Lunch  
14:00 - 16:30  General Assembly / Delegates Meeting – Session 4 (Final session) Amphitheatre – 2nd floor Biltmore
16:30 – 17:30  Outgoing and Incoming EXBO handover meeting Meeting room 1
18:30 – 18:45 Vehicles depart to Gala Dinner venue  
19:00 /30  CLOSING GALA DINNER (Dress Code: Formal or Traditional) Meet at Biltmore Lobby at 18:30
23:00 – 00:00  Vehicles depart to Convention Hotel  
25 January
7:00 Breakfast room opens  
07:00 – 07:30  Daily stretches  
07:00 – 08:30  New EXBO meeting – Requisite  Meeting Room 1
11:15 – 12:00  Attendance certificates & memory sticks handed out Tea/Coffee served Ball Room Foyer area
12:00 - 13:15  CHECK OUT/ Airport Transfers/ Post Tour departures according to registrations to registrations  Meeting point in the Biltmore foyer area

 

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KETY  MELADZE

President of Georgian Guides Association

My Dearest Colleagues,

Welcome at the 18th WFTGA Convention 2019 in Tbilisi, Georgia!

In 2017, when we were bidding to host 18th Convention, it was almost impossible to imagine that we would be honored be the Hosts, but today I am happy and excited to see 300 Tourist Guides, Representatives of their countries at the World's historical Crossroad – in Georgia!

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