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    Cool bus guide?

    Hi,

    What's the most appropriate term? "Bus Guide" or "Guide bus" or "bus tour guide" ? Some who shows people Paris or Amsterdam or New York ect.. in a coach?

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    Re: bus guide?

    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    Hi,

    What's the most appropriate term? "Bus Guide" or "Guide bus" or "bus tour guide" ? Some who shows people Paris or Amsterdam or New York ect.. in a coach?
    I would go with Bus Tour Guide. The others are not clear.

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    Re: bus guide?

    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    Hi,

    What's the most appropriate term? "Bus Guide" or "Guide bus" or "bus tour guide" ? Some who shows people Paris or Amsterdam or New York ect.. in a coach?
    The common terms in the US are Tour Escort, Tour Guide or Tour Director. One of the associations based in New York City calls their members Tour Escorts. When speaking with customers I would refer to the person as the Tour Escort. When speaking to vendors (the various businesses the bus would stop at: restaurants, attractions, hotels, etc. ) I would call the person in charge of the coach my Escort.

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    Re: bus guide?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    The common terms in the US are Tour Escort, Tour Guide or Tour Director. One of the associations based in New York City calls their members Tour Escorts. When speaking with customers I would refer to the person as the Tour Escort. When speaking to vendors (the various businesses the bus would stop at: restaurants, attractions, hotels, etc. ) I would call the person in charge of the coach my Escort.
    Interesting! To me (U.S. west coast), the word "escort" has a completely different connotation!
    In my experience, the word "guide" is far, far more common, and I would be inclined to use the term Tour Bus Guide in response to the original post. (Tour Bus being a compound noun functioning as an adjective to describe the guide, if you follow me...).

    Actually, the more I think about it, is the word "bus" even necessary? Couldn't you just say Tour Guide?

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    Re: bus guide?

    Quote Originally Posted by mayita1usa View Post
    Interesting! To me (U.S. west coast), the word "escort" has a completely different connotation!
    In my experience, the word "guide" is far, far more common, and I would be inclined to use the term Tour Bus Guide in response to the original post. (Tour Bus being a compound noun functioning as an adjective to describe the guide, if you follow me...).

    Actually, the more I think about it, is the word "bus" even necessary? Couldn't you just say Tour Guide?
    I understand the other meaning of "escort" but these things are understood in context. As is the case in most industries, certain terms have been shortened, or otherwise changed, by those involved in the industry. If I, as a tour operator and having identified myself as such, called a hotel and asked to speak to my escort, I would expect the person at the hotel to understand what I meant. I could also use the terms: Tour Director, Tour Guide, or Tour Escort. Adding "Tour" would be adding a layer of information that was not needed, and, in fact, If I used "Tour", I might be seen as a new member of the industry and one that was not familiar with industry jargon.

    It would be the same if I called and asked to speak to the driver for XYZ Tours. I would not have to define that this driver was a bus driver.

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