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  2. Celebrate International Tourist Guide Day with GANYC!

    This coming Sunday, February 21st at 12pm EST, we are proud to be participating in a fantastic global virtual event in celebration of International Tourist Guide Day with the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (WFTGA) and the National Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (NFTGA). Our theme is the tour guide as a cultural ambassador. Two moderated panels of guides (one international and one USA-based) will discuss how tour guides represent their cities/countries/areas to visitors as cultural ambassadors. Full details for the webinar event are: HERE.

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  3. Another GANYC News Roundup

    Here's a final 2020 roundup of GANYC members getting news coverage:

    1. GANYC member Ibrahima Diallo is quoted in this CNBC article on virtual tours around the world helping people safely explore from home this year:
    Live virtual tours let travelers see the world from home this Christmas

    GANYC is proud at how its members adapted this year to still shine as the best guides in NYC, in-person or online. GANYC will continue to lead the way to represent NYC over the next year.

    2. GANYC member Mark Levy called in to the Brian Lehrer Show, on WNYC, to speak about the plight of tour guides in a segment about the many small businesses lost during the COVID crisis.

    Remembering Businesses Lost to COVID

  4. GANYC Guides Make News, Yet Again!

    Several more GANYC members have been featured in the news recently!

    1. Tommy Wilkinson keeps the spirit of the the Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral going downtown, just north of Little Italy. Tommy operates tours of this historic site, still an active church, and its unique catacombs. Currents News spoke with Tommy about these catacombs, his tours of them, and his relationship with the church.

    2. Finally, historian and guide Kevin Fitzpatrick, also heads the Dorothy Parker Society. He is quoted in this NY Post article about the new Dorothy Parker-branded apartment tower that was built on the site of her now-torn-down childhood home. “The mission of the Dorothy Parker Society is to keep people talking about her, so in that way, Parker West fits right into what we’re trying to do,” Fitzpatrick said.

    3. Jared Goldstein has made news all the way across the world! The Japanese paper Asahi Shimbum covered Jared's John Lennon tour, on the 40th anniversary of Lennon's tragic murder in front of his home at the historic Dakota apartment complex. Thank you Jared for representing the NYC guiding community to our Japanese friends! A Google Translate version of the article can be accessed directly here.

  5. Gothamtide Updates!

    GANYC member Sibyl McCormac Groff is interviewed in this NY Times article about the ice skating season this year at Rockfeller Center.

    Besides being a longtime Rockefeller Center historian & tour guide, she is also the author of "A New York Christmas — Hohoho at Gothamtide". She is GANYC's foremost Christmas elf! While she will not be leading her usual Christmas tours this season, she is keeping the spirit alive on her website and social media.

  6. GANYC Will Keep Fighting For NYC's Tourism Recovery

    By now, many in the NYC tourism sector have seen this NY Times article making the rounds:
    "Tourism, Engine for N.Y.C. Economy, May Not Fully Recover Until 2025"

    This article is causing a lot of panic in the NYC tourism world, and only time will tell whether that it is warranted or not. The news took the joy for many out of a week that also saw several promising vaccine candidates releasing encouraging numbers.

    To clarify, the word "fully" in the headline carries a lot of weight, and was ignored by some. The officials interviewed by the Times speculate that it will take years for tourism to get back to its full pre-pandemic levels, which was 67+ million visitors in 2019 and an industry that was generating $70 billion in economic activity (see the NYC & Co report/trend outlook that led to this article). And yes, it will most likely take a few years to get back to those highs. But the article also takes a worse-case scenario and presents it as the most likely. If the city and tourism officials work together, that recovery can, and will, begin later next year.

    We went from tens of millions of visitors to almost none between the end of last year and the beginning of this past Spring. The recovery will not go back up from 0 to 60 quite so rapidly. But it will also not take 4 years for tourists to return.

    New York remains one of the most desirable travel destinations on the planet. Even during a pandemic, with health & safety guidelines in place across the state, the city has received visitors. Given the number of people I kept seeing all over Manhattan this past month visiting from outside the state (and some seemingly from outside the country?), it's clear the demand has not disappeared one bit.

    Next year we fully understand will be a year largely of transition and recovery (see the most recent GANYC Virgil issue for my thoughts on the vaccine timeline and the road back to "normal"). But once it is deemed safe to truly travel again, and when borders reopen, visitors will begin to flock here. The city should begin thinking ahead to this now. GANYC sure is.

    GANYC has hundreds of professional guides in its membership, and we will continue to keep preparing, and adapting, for the recovery.

    GANYC continues to promote its Health & Safety Guidelines for touring, and will continue to adapt all around as the situation here in New York changes over these next painful months.

    In the meantime, of course, we will continue our focus through the Spring on local area travelers and explorers through our Tour Your Own City initiative. On the tours I have given these past few months, I have heard from many locals have soul-refreshing it was to get out and explore, and how much they regret not exploring the hidden gems of their own city sooner. It reminded me, in fact, of why I wanted to become a guide in the first place... to enable those experiences. I believe the Tour Your Own City model will therefore remain viable moving forward, and GANYC will continue to showcase the fun & diverse roster of offerings our guides have created.

    We urge all city and tourism officials to contact GANYC about coordinating efforts for next year. GANYC intends to lead on this recovery, and we are happy to work with anyone else who is too.

  7. GANYC Guides Make News!

    We love when GANYC members are spotlighted in the media, and here are some recent examples:

    1. The Red Hook Star-Revue has just published an article in their November 2020 issue, about our Tour Your Own City site/initiative, and how NYC guides are your best tool to uncovering the hidden gems of New York City. The author attended a tour by member Jeremy Wilcox, and also spoke with member Maggie Browne, and VP Michael Morgenthal about their unique tours. In addition the link before, but here are scans from the physical paper:

    2. Kevin Fitzpatrick has had several articles written about him lately! Not shocking for a member who is himself an award-winning author.

    Kevin is also the founder of the Dorothy Parker Society, dedicated to the life and legacy of the famous American poet, writer, critic, and satirist. This past August, he was selected by Parker's family to represent them as, after years of trying, he brought back Parker's cremated remains to NYC from Baltimore. He then helped bury Parker's remains next to her parents in the Bronx's Woodlawn Cemetery. This saga was covered by the New Yorker magazine she helped found. Here is that article:
    "The Improbable Journey of Dorothy Parker’s Ashes"

    (he was also interviewed about this by WFUV)

    Kevin was also just featured in the NY Daily News for the tours he offers around Veterans Day to honor those buried in New York who served their country in the armed forces. This year, he is doing the tours inside historic Woodlawn Cemetery. Kevin is the author of, among other history books, 'World War I New York: A Guide to the City's Enduring Ties to the Great War'. The article can be read here:
    "Visiting heroes: A Veteran’s Day walking tour through Woodlawn Cemetery"

    3. Dave Gardner publishes our quarterly printed newsletter, Guidelines. But he is also the NYC guiding world's foremost expert on all things Titanic. In the November/December 2020 issue of The Saturday Evening Post, they cover the Titanic buffs who follow the history, and even collect memorabilia and artifacts. The article speaks to Dave about his relationship with the Titanic's history and legacy, and the tours he does about it. You can read it here:
    "Titanic Fanatics"

    4. Jane Marx is featured in an article in the latest issue of Fine Art Connoisseur. You can see the article below, but there is a transcript here.



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