Blog & News

How to Become a New York City Tour Guide Posted on: by Jeremy.Wilcox GANYC Board member Jeremy Wilcox was among the guides interviewed for The City NY's piece "How to Become a New York City Tour Guide". The article explores how the NYC government legally defines a tour guide, the licensing and exam process to become a legal guide in the city, what it takes to be a… Read More
Susan Birnbaum Honored at Women in Tourism Awards! Posted on: by Jeremy.Wilcox GANYC member Susan Birnbaum was among those honored at the Women in Tourism Awards, produced by CityGuide. This event was designed to "recognize the accomplishments of female leaders who inspire memorable travel experiences". There were over a dozen categories, ranging from restaurant owners to… Read More
Destination Capitol Hill 2023 Posted on: by Jeremy.Wilcox Last month, Destination Capitol Hill was held in Washington DC, sponsored by the US Travel Association. This multi-day event involves educating both travel professionals on how to make their voices heard, and then a full day of meetings with congressional staff on Capitol Hill on issues important… Read More
Happy Book Release Day to Patrick Bringley! Posted on: by Jeremy.Wilcox GANYC member Patrick Bringley gives great tours of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a building he knows well from his decade as a security guard there. His experience there inspired him to write a new book-- All the Beauty in the World: The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Me-- which is out today. The… Read More
GANYC Goes To San Antonio Posted on: by Jeremy.Wilcox Last week, several GANYC members attended the biennial NFTGA (National Federation of Tourist Guide Associations) conference, this time held in lovely and historic San Antonio. The guides in San Antonio were excellent and provided some excellent tours, in addition to the conference itself. For a… Read More
GANYC Mentioned in Teach & Travel Magazine Posted on: by Jeremy.Wilcox GANYC was mentioned in the January 2023 issue of Teach & Travel, the leading source of educators who plan student travel. Scroll to page 28 for our mention. We are excited to see more outlets recognize GANYC and its members as a key resource when planning travel to New York City. Read More
Harvey Davidson: The Tom Brady of Tour Guides! Posted on: by Jeremy.Wilcox GANYC Associate Director Harvey Davidson is labeled 'The Tom Brady of Tour Guides' by the New York Times, in a wonderful story about "the oldest 1 percent of the work force, across a range of professions." Harvey wonderfully embodies the spirit of GANYC in his work: Guides who love this dynamic… Read More
Debunking Misleading or Confusing Geography Posted on: by Jeremy.Wilcox GANYC member (and the official Queens Borough Historian) Jack Eichenbaum recently was discussing the warped perception of their own geography some New Yorkers may promote. To help people better understand these confusing geographic issues better, Jack provided this list: 1. When New Yorkers say "… Read More
GANYC Honored At Fall Tourism Kickoff! Posted on: by Jeremy.Wilcox GANYC is proud to announce that we (really, our member guides!) were among the honorees at the NYC Fall Tourism Kickoff Event, which was held on The Intrepid on September 20th. Organized by Davler Media/City Guide, the event brought together over 300 people from the NYC tourism community, to… Read More
NYC Sightseeing Buses Flounder Without Guides Posted on: by Jeremy.Wilcox Crain's recently published an article entitled "Tour buses chart new course as the industry awaits a comeback". The author spoke with several former double-decker guides, including GANYC member Fred Pflantzer. The article begins, "As operators wait for international tourism to bounce back, many of… Read More