SOCIETY OF TOURIST GUIDES (SINGAPORE)

Brief History

Global events such as 9/11, Bali blast and SARS and the threat of terrorism changed travel patterns. SARS which occurred in Singapore from February to May 2003 badly affected the livelihood of tourist guides.

A group of veteran tourist guides, who between them had 17 to 28 years of guiding experience came together during the “inactive” months of 2003 and came to a conclusion that there was a lack of representation for tourist guides and in times of crisis, this was sorely needed. This group met with representatives of Singapore Tourism Board (STB) in April 2003 and by 15 October 2003, the Society of Tourist Guides (Singapore) or STGS was formally registered.

On 18 December 2003, letters sent out to tourist guides to invite them to register as a member and to the membership launch which took place on 12 January 2004 at Singapore Tourism Board’s Auditorium. By October 2004, the membership strength had reached 300 and till date about 500 active tourist guides members.

Committee members and tourist guides were interviewed by the Straits Times on 13 February 2004 and a group of potos was taken at the Padang on 16 February 2004.

Since then, the Society works closely with Singapore Tourism Board and other industry partners to promote the professionalism of tourist guides as tourism ambassadors of Singapore. Key projects since the inception of the Society includes:

  • International Tourist Guides Day (ITGD) since 2004 annually
  • Familiarization Tours for Guides
  • Professional Development Courses for Tourist Guides
  • Past Tour Projects and Clients include:
  • Learning Journey for MOE Schools, such as CHIJ, Da Nao, Crescent Girls Secondary, St Nicholas Girls
  • Tour Development for Maritime Port Authority of Singapore in 2014
  • Tours for Singapore Workforce Development Agency in 2014
  • War World II Heritage tour for People Association
  • Educational Tours for overseas educational institutions

Subsequently, the Society established STGS Tour Pte Ltd, a wholly own Travel Agent on 4 March 2015 to develop & provide guided tours, in accordance with the Singapore Tourism Board Act. Click to BOOK A TOUR

We have a strong pool of guides who have been providing heritage tours for schools, new citizens and overseas visitors. Click to HIRE A TOUR GUIDE.

Our Vision

The Society aims to become a respected voice in the tourism industry and is fully committed to looking after the welfare of our members, enabling them to lead visitors and serve them with professionalism, pride, and passion.

Our Mission

  • To uphold and maintain an ethical and professional standard of conduct for Tourist Guides.
  • To develop, improve and enhance tour guiding services by organising and conducting training and educational courses for tourist guides.
  • To promote the heritage of Singapore and act as a resource.
  • To act as an intermediary between members and Singapore Tourism Board and tourism-related industries.
  • To serve the community by taking part in community service projects.

Tourist Guide Code of Conduct & Ethics

Our members agree to adhere to Tourist Guide Code of Conduct & Ethics, click here for details.

BOARD MEMBERS

Advisors for STGS

Mr Yeo Guat Kwang – Member of Parliament, Ang Mo Kio GRC
Dr. William Koh Hai Keong – Koh & Partners (Legal Advisor)

FORMER BOARD MEMBERS

Board Member & Sub Committee 2014 - 2015
Chairman Howard Lim
Deputy Chairman Diana Chua
Honorary Secretary Jean Wang
Honorary Treasurer Sng Soon Huat
Board Members Matthew Phua

May Hui

Chinda Roenviroj

Edward Tan

Jimmy Quek

Jimmy Sim

Board Member & Sub Committee 2012 - 2013
Chairman Howard Lim
Deputy Chairman Diana Chua
Honorary Secretary Jean Wang
Honorary Treasurer Matthew Phua
Board Members Ang Cheng Cheng

Low Hwee Chiang

Chinda Roenviroj

Edward Tan

Jimmy Quek

Alvin Cheong

Board Member & Sub Committee 2010 - 2011
Chairman Jean Wang
Deputy Chairman Charles Goh Chai Jin
Honorary Secretary Howard Lim Eng Hua
Honorary Treasurer Low Hwee Chiang
Board Members Ang Cheng Cheng

Matthew Phua

Chinda Roenviroj

Edward Tan

Thomas Lim

Charles Soh

Board Member & Sub Committee 2008 - 2009
Chairman Jean Wang
Deputy Chairman Lim Eng Hua
Honorary Secretary Felicia Teo Poh Tin
Honorary Treasurer Phua Tie Mok
Board Members Sowaran Singh

Low Hwee Chiang

Gan Siong Eng

Ang Cheng Cheng

Adam Adnan

Goh Chai Jin

Board Member & Sub Committee 2006 & 2007
Chairman Howard Lim
Deputy Chairman Jean Wang
Honorary Secretary May Hui
Honorary Treasurer Low Hwee Chiang
Board Members Johnson Gan

Charles Goh

Ang Cheng Cheng

Sowaran Singh

Adam Adnan

Matthew Phua

Board Member & Sub Committee 2005
Chairman Howard Lim
Deputy Chairman Jean Wang
Honorary Secretary May Hui
Honorary Treasurer Jennifer Lai (Resignation 11 March 2005 (Friday)

Matthew Phua (Took over from Jennifer Lai)

Board Members Nancy Lee

Johnson Gan

Charles Goh

Tay Heng Lay

Ang Cheng Cheng

Board Member & Sub Committee 2004
Chairman Howard Lim
Deputy Chairman Adam Adnan
Honorary Secretary May Hui
Honorary Treasurer Jennifer Lai
Board Members Yi Hyeon Su

Jean Wang

Victor Tan

Sub Committee Ang Cheng Cheng

Cecilia Min

Eddie Quek

Dick Ong

Bernard Wong

Patrick Lim

Cannot find the tours that you want?

Email us via tours@societyoftouristguides.org.sg and tell us what you want and we customised a tour for you.

If you are not interested in tour packages and are only keen to engage a Singapore Licensed Tourist Guide you can do so via here.

International Tourist Guides Day (ITGD)

International Tourist Guide Day (ITGD) was started by the World Federation of Tourist Guides Association (WFTGA) in 1990 on February 21. Guides volunteer their time to conduct free tours for the general public and disadvantaged groups of the society.

On this day, members of Society of Tourist Guides (Singapore) joins other guides worldwide in setting aside time to provide free guided tours to the general public since we are the member of WFTGA. Click here to register for next available free guided tours.

Since 2004, STGS has worked with various organisations to hold events in commemorating the International Tourist Guide Day annually with the support of Singapore Tourism Board and other organizations at the below venues:

Through International Tourist Guide Day events, the Society also trained guides for new tours and expanded their knowledge.You can email info@societyoftouristguides.org.sg if you are keen to work with us on the next available ITGD or other similar projects.