GANYC wants to thank all of its members & industry partners for a wonderful 2019, and we look forward to working together more in 2020 to show the world why our members are your surest bet to the best New York City experiences.
A couple of odds & ends as we reach the end of the year:
On January 1st, our new Executive Board begins their 2-year term! Thanks to all our full, voting members for what was our biggest turnout in an election yet. And thanks to our outgoing Board members for their years of service to our organization. Your new GANYC Board is:
President: Emma Guest-Consales
Vice-Presidents: Michael Morgenthal & Bob Gelber
Treasurer: Jeremy Wilcox
Secretaries: Patrick Casey & John Semlak
Members at Large: Cristina Lombardi, Deborah Blau, Kevin Lawrence
GANYC will be starting off 2020 with the next round of our certification course. It is designed to test, enhance, and certify your skills and versatility as a guide. The course begins January 6th, and runs 3 times a week for 3 weeks. It is open to all members, and you can register here. Registration closes on January 2. Several past graduates have already sold the tours they created in the course to clients, making their tuition pay for itself!
GANYC is also hard at work preparing for the 6th-annual GANYC Apple Awards. The full list of our nominees is: here. These awards honor individuals and organizations that encourage and promote New York City tourism, culture and preservation while supporting the work and contributions of professional New York City tour guides. Tickets are now on sale (members get an even further discount, and can email the Awards Committee for that link). The ceremony will be March 2 at the SVA Theater.
We will also be furthering our organization's radius with participation in a number of 2020 events. In February, GANYC has numerous members attending the National Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (NFTGA) conference, in Charleston. You can find more information about the conference: here. Representatives from guide associations across the US will be in attendance, with GANYC having more registrants than any other! Later in February, on Friday the 21st, we will be organizing events for International Tourist Guide Day... stay tuned for more details soon! And we will also once be sending members to represent us at Destination Capitol Hill, in April, which is the travel industry's top lobbying event and conference.
- Finally, in addition to numerous fam tours (see the members calendar for dates + registration options), we will also work to offer more PDPs, Professional Development Programs. Our next upcoming one is on January 29: "Tour Guides and Taxes- Don’t Miss Deductions", with CPA William Caldwell. Learn how to manage your finances from a certified professional! Registration: here. And stay tuned over the winter for more PDPs to be announced!
Thank you, and Happy New Year!