The tourist guides association “Asociación Profesional dos Guías de Turismo de Galicia (APIT – Galicia)” is a non-profit making association whose goals are to promote fellowship among its members and to achieve the highest professional standards of its members.
Since its fundation in 1977, the association changed its statutes in 1996 and 2009 with the purpose of adapting to the new legislation and of strengthening its role as a key player for the professional tourist guides in Galicia. Apit–Galicia is a member of Spain’s
Confederación Española de Guías. It is also a member of the European Federation of Tourist Guides, which is a member of the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations. Every 21st of February we celebrate the World Tourist Guide Day.
APIT-Galicia has registered two symbols: a yellow umbrella and a logo including two entwined letters in blue (“g” and “t”) making reference to the colour of the Galician flag. According to the Galician legislation an official tourist guide can be required to identify himself / herself by showing either a blue badge or his / her plastic licence card issued by the Regional Government of Galicia, Xunta de Galicia. This card contains information about the guide and the languages spoken according to the Regional Government.
Legally, a professional official tourist guide is defined according to EN 13809 2.3.5. of The European Committee for Standardisation (Cen) as: “a person who guides visitors in the language of their choice and interprets the cultural and natural heritage of an area; this person normally possesses an area-specific qualification usually issued and/or recognised by the appropriate authority”. The Galician Government, Xunta de Galicia, in its order of March 26th, 1988 defines the profession of specialised tourist guiding as “providing the visitors with touristic information about the Galician art heritage on a remunerated and regular basis”.
All members and registered users can access the Association’s intranet.