Photo of the top of the Alamo from below.

The PTGASA Celebrates 25 Years

By Ally Bolender
Web Content Contributor

SAN ANTONIO — The Professional Tour Guide Association of San Antonio (PTGASA) celebrates its 25 year anniversary of establishment this year. To commemorate the anniversary, PTGASA is offering a series of free tours on Sept. 21.

The free tour program will include 17 different historic and cultural sites across San Antonio. Guides will be on hand to present tours at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. A list of locations will be provided in late August.

The PTGASA is one of the oldest tour guide organizations in the United States and one of the first in the country to establish a professional certification program. PTSGASA prides itself with extensive training of tour guides.

The Professional Tour Guide Association of San Antonio logo, it is a circle with the Alamo in gold in the middle, and a red outline around the circle.
The Professional Tour Guide Association of San Antonio logo. Photo courtesy of Professional Tour Guide Association of San Antonio.

In 1994, a number of tour operators realized that they had a problem. A handful of tour guides hired to lead groups were providing incorrect or misleading information about San Antonio. A small group of guides who were known to have the right knowledge base were asked to come up with a way to ensure that guides had the necessary information and communication skills to effectively lead tours. This core group established PTGASA and developed a training and certification program for guides.

Today, the association has over 200 members and over 100 certified professional guides, as well as Associate and Corporate members. Certified guides can be found leading a variety of tours as well as providing other support activities for our tourism industry.

The PTGASA tour guides play a vital role in San Antonio’s tourism industry. For many guests, their tour guide serves as their gateway to our area, and a good guide can set the stage for an experience that makes tourists want to come back again.

If you would like more information about the PTGASA or the free tour program on Sept. 21, please contact President Janie Cadena, CPG at (210) 313-7322 or email

Featured image by Jeff Fisher via Creative Commons.

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