Tour guide communication competence: French, German and American tourists' perceptions

Denis Leclerc, Judith N. Martin

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The primary goal of this paper is to examine cross-national variations in the perceived importance of communication competencies of tour guides. Tour guides play an important role as cultural buffers and also serve as communication links between tourists and host populations, and yet their communication competence is perhaps the least emphasized aspect in tourism research. Communication research provides a theoretical framework to investigate this topic and this research represents a first bridge between these two disciplines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-200
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Intercultural Relations
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - May 1 2004


  • Communication competence
  • Cross-cultural research
  • Tour guide
  • Tourism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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