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Updated: 04th April 2018

Tour group and guide in Delhi - On The Go Tours

Our Annual Tour Guide Awards

Our coveted tour leader awards recognise our best seven tour guides in our Signature destinations. The awards are judged primarily on feedback from our travellers, collected over the course of the year. Winners are then announced sometime in March the following year. The well-deserved winners get a complimentary holiday to another one of our destinations and get to sample the great work done by the rest of our tour guides elsewhere.

We will be running our tour guide awards every year so if you’ve been impressed with your guide, be sure to leave us a review of your tour and let us know what you enjoyed most about your guide.

2017 Winners

We're delighted to announce the winners of our 2017 Tour Guide of the Year Awards - a huge congratulations to all our deserving winners!

Alam in Egypt - group in front of Pyramids - On The Go Tours

Alam wins in Egypt

We’re excited to reveal Mohamed Alam as the deserved winner for Egypt. Alam has been guiding since 2004 and joined On The Go Tours back in 2007.

Alam says about his job: "What I love the most about my job is meeting different people from all over the world and showing them my country".

Dasha in Russia - Tour Guide of the Year 2016 - On The Go Tours

Dasha wins in Russia

For the second year in a row Dasha claims top spot in Russia. A passionate guide that inspires travellers, Dasha started working as a guide six years ago and has spent four of those working with On The Go Tours.

Here’s what she loves most about guiding: "I love my job and am very proud of being a tour guide as it means I meet many wonderful people from all over the world. When I see how they admire Russia, it only makes me work harder and feel more passionate about what I do".

Samridh Katoch in India - group in front of Taj - On The Go Tours

Samridh wins in India

Our tour guide of the year for India is Samridh who has been working as a guide since 2012 and joined us a year later.

Samridh says about guiding: "One of the things I enjoy the most is travelling with wonderful people and showing them India. The knowledge I gain from different parts of the world is enormous. As I always say 'friends who travel together, are friends forever."

Jamal in Morocco - group in Dades gorge - On The Go Tours

Jamal wins in Morocco

Our winner from Morocco is Jamal. He began guiding with On The Go Tours in 2012.

Here’s what he loves about guiding: "I love showing people the beauty of my country and helping them to enjoy the different experiences whether sleeping under the stars in the Sahara or exploring a city for the first time. I love making the tour as memorable as possible."

Tran Tuan in Vietnam - group on bikes - On The Go Tours

Tran wins in Vietnam

In Vietnam, Tran Tuan took first place. He began his career as a guide over 10 years ago and has been with On The Go since 2013.

Tran says of this job: "My job gives me a lot of opportunities to meet people and learn new lessons, cultures and experiences while sharing the beauty of my country. I'm happiest whenever I'm telling jokes. My slogan is 'client’s satisfaction is my happiness."

Feng in China - group in front of Great Wall - On The Go Tours

Feng wins in China

It's also two in a row for Feng Xinwen in China. Feng has been a guide since 2004 and has been sharing her knowledge and passion for her country with On The Go travellers for a decade.

Feng says of her job: "I have been happily working for On The Go Tours for almost ten years. I still love that I get to travel for work. I enjoy this job as it is meaningful and I get to share warmth and laughter with new friends who travel from all over to experience China."

Satendra in India - group in front of Humayun's tomb - On The Go Tours
GLOBAL TOUR GUIDE OF THE YEAR

Satendra wins in India

And our winner of the Global Tour Guide of the Year award this year is Satendra in India! Like many of our guides, Satendra has been with us for many years - 14 years to be exact. And yet he never tires of sharing his country's culture with travellers.

Satendra says of his job: "My job is my religion and I take huge pride in it. I love taking people around India and showing them its culture, traditions and history. I love answering clients' curiosity with compassion. It's been my passion over the last 17 years, working with On The Go Tours since 2004, to make visitors feel and experience incredible India."

2016 Winners

We did things a little differently in 2016 and alongside our six winners we also crowned a Global Tour Guide of the Year - Momo from Egypt. And here are the six other winners:

2015 Winners

A new crop of winners were announced in 2015, our second year of tour guide awards. The worthy winners were:

  • Phan Ngoc Duong (Jonny) in Vietnam
  • Tong Aizheng (Stephanie) in China
  • Mohamed Saiid (Momo) in Egypt
  • Ogla Al-Nawafleh in Jordan
  • Satendra (Sat) Sharma in India
  • Natalia Abrosimova in Russia
  • Recep Aydin in Turkey

Each winner got to travel to another of our Signature destinations and experience what it's like as an On The Go traveller for a change.

2014 Winners

In 2014 we introduced our first ever Tour Guide of the Year awards and our seven deserving winners from our Signature destinations were:

  • Nguyen Quoc Anh (Anh) in Vietnam
  • Feng Xinwen in China
  • Haytham Youssry in Egypt
  • Jamileh Mohammed in Jordan
  • Yusuf Khan in India
  • Tatiana Sukhorutchenko in Russia
  • Metin Edzi in Turkey

They all had a great time on the trips they won as their reward.

Anh and Haytham Pyramids

Tourism in Egypt has been hit hard and it's not easy committing to years of study to qualify as an Egyptologist guide. So we have launched a new initiative in Egypt where we sponsor one of our talented transfer reps through university, at the end of which they will be a fully qualified guide, well versed in Egyptology. This year we've sponsored Sherif Fawzy in becoming an Egyptologist and he has recently received his guiding license. Previously our Field Manager in Cairo, Sherif, is now ready to start leading our King Tutankhamen and King Ramses tours, sharing his knowledge and passion for Egypt with the lucky travellers.

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