Opening doors to new opportunities in the travel industry

Our mission is to reduce hiring inequalities in the Group Tourism industry by creating pathways for employment, entrepreneurship, and personal transformation.

Industry Awareness

We want to spread the word about lesser-known travel industry careers such as tour guiding, travel directing, and tour operating.


Our coalition sponsors training opportunities to get you started in the travel industry with quality training.

Job Placement

After participating in a training program, we provide networking and mentoring to get you working as quickly as possible.

Core Partners

Sponsoring Businesses

these companies are generously sponsoring OUR TRAINING & HIRING initiatives in the TOUR INDUSTRY
Contributing partners
What is the pathways project?

The Pathways Project is a coalition of leading travel industry organizations aiming to support initiatives that broaden access to career paths in travel that lack diversity, from tour guiding and travel directing to entrepreneurship.

Listen to Pathways founding partner Leon Burnette share why tour guiding and tour directing are such powerful travel industry career paths.

Upcoming Opportunities

FEB 1-4, 2022 • SAN DIEGO, CA

Arival Tour Business Conference

Are you a travel industry entrepreneur looking to learn, network and grow your business? Apply for a Pathways Scholarship for a chance to attend the Arival industry conference in San Diego, CA, February 1-4, 2022.

Explore a new career path...

Tour Guide

Guides are the educators and storytellers that keep history alive, and change hearts and minds by sharing your passion for where you live.

Travel Director

The travel director travels the world with groups, showing them

Tour Business Owner

Starting and owning your own tour business puts you in control, as creator of your own future. Tour operators design and sell travel experiences that you put together.

Contributing partners

We need your support. We are building a coalition of likeminded organizations: tour operators, guide and tourism associations, marketing agencies, DMOs and CVBs, and any other industry organization.

Part of a sustainable future

Our career, recruitment and training objectives align with the United Nation's Sustainability Development Goals.


"Traveling is all about storytelling, sharing the rich history, food, music and culture present in communities everywhere. Tour guides are the world's educators and philosophers."