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  1. Spotlight on GANYC Guide: Ibrahima Diallo


    Introducing GANYC guide: Ibrahima Diallo

    Company: All New York Fun Tours

    Social Media: Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

    Phone: 646-205-8188

    Email

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    How long have you been a tour guide?

    12 Years (Since 2007)

    What drove you to become a tour guide?

    1- Passion for New York City,
    2- Giving back to the city (thank you to the city for allowing me to be another immigrant story).

    What is the most gratifying part of your work?

    People will never forget how you made them feel the first time, or the last time they visited NYC.

    What types of tours do you offer?

    Private Customized (by walking or usage of vehicle), and Photography (photoshoot and workshops).

    What time of year would you consider your busy season?

    Any booking (just kidding); April to December.

    Have you or your company received any awards?

    Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor in 2013 & 2016.

    Have you or your company been featured  in print, broadcast or online media? 

    The following ones come to mind, and I am grateful:

    1/ Quoted Magazine front page and coverage, https://www.quotedmagazine.com/vol-1
     


     

     

    2/ Huffington Post Blog Article

    3/ Quoted in the Brownstoner.

    4/ 2012 PRI's The World (NPR): NYC Through the eyes of Senegalese immigrant tour guide.


    What celebrities (if any) have patronized your business or organization?  Any fun stories about when they visit your business?

    Mostly officials (some mayors and influential business owners), not always funny but I make sure that we all have fun. Unrelated perhaps, on one tour we drove by Tom Cruise, and my client asked to get off the vehicle, I quickly responded have a sit because we have more coming.

    What upcoming or annual events, promotions or sales would you like to promote? 

    Our website www.allnyfuntours.com will have the most up to date information on that.

    What special deals, sales, events or promotions are you offering to GANYC Members and our industry partners?

    It's always a discount when you are a GANYC member, just mention it and you will have a reduction. Since we offer variety of tours at different prices, it will be based on which one you pick.

    How long have you been a member of GANYC?

    Since 2012.

    How did you hear or learn about GANYC?

    Through colleagues, other members.

    How has GANYC helped you and your business?

    Made me (thus the business) more visible and trustworthy to agencies.

    What's your advice or Tour Guide tip you love to share to people visiting New York?

    There's something for everyone, at every corner of NYC, just take it easy and you will have an incredible experience, no need to rush, you will never see it all, the best way to enjoy NYC is to enjoy every bit of it.


    (For more info or to book a tour with Ibrahima, check out his GANYC profile by clicking here.)

  2. Spotlight on GANYC Guide: Stan O'Connor

    Introducing GANYC guide: Stan O'Connor

    Company: Isle Of New York Tours, llc

    Social Media: Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

    Phone: 917-716-4521

    Email

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    How long have you been a tour guide?

    Since the 1990s.

    What time of year would you consider your busy season?

    April to January.

    What drove you to become a tour guide?

    I want to show off New York City for the wonder that it is. I enjoy getting to know people from around the world.

    What types of tours do you offer?

    Walking, boat, limo, coach, even subways.

    What is the most gratifying part of your work?

    When the customer more fully understands what they've experienced.

    What upcoming or annual events, promotions or sales would you like to promote? 

    All through the month of March, the US, UK, Canada and Ireland Tour of Lower Manhattan. The tour ties together old and new contributions of these four countries, from 300 years ago to the present day.

    Private tours: $200 for up to 10 people.
    25% discount, $175 for your group if you are reading this. Use the code: Swords.

    What special deals, sales, events or promotions are you offering to GANYC Members and our industry partners?

    I give fam tours that sometimes go into geology, architectural history Houma and land use. They are free. And I'm happy to Mentor new guides.

    How long have you been a member of GANYC?

    Since 2001, though sometimes I renewed late and there were lapses.

    How did you hear or learn about GANYC?

    Other guides.

    How has GANYC helped you and your business?

    It has certainly taught me a lot about professionalism, street knowledge and better ways of doing business.

    What's your advice or Tour Guide tip you love to share to people visiting New York?

    Get an unlimited ride Metrocard for the amount of time that you're staying here. Use the Subways and buses, because they are more reliable than car traffic.


    (For more info or to book a tour with Stan, check out his GANYC profile by clicking here.)

  3. Congratulations To New GANYC Certified Guides!


    GANYC completed the second round of its certification course last year and, at this month's membership meeting, several newly certified members received their certificates! These courses are designed to enhance and certify GANYC members skills beyond mere licensing requirements. This is an aspect of GANYC that we will continue to expand, in our efforts to provide continuing education to guides, and to bring global standards for guiding to our great city.

    Congratulations to all our newly certified guides!
     

  4. Spotlight on GANYC Guide: Tim Ries


    Introducing GANYC guide: Tim Ries

    Company: Tourist New York

    Phone: 929-379-7643

    Email

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    How long have you been a tour guide?

    14 years.

    What time of year would you consider your busy season?

    Early April through December. The winter holiday rush is compounded by out-of-town relatives looking for a tour!

    What drove you to become a tour guide?

    Being married to a born-and-bred New Yorker who's an architectural historian, preservationist, and educator certainly gave me the push in the right direction to pursue a job in tourism/hospitality after I decided to leave the rough-and tumble world of film and television production.

    What types of tours do you offer?

    Walking, Biking, Bus.

    Do you offer Niche Tours?

    High Line tours.

    What is the most gratifying part of your work?

    I’m a people person. I am always happiest – and most gratified – when I am interacting with tour group members, making sure I am able to meet their needs and giving them the best possible tourist experience. Helping people with tourism logistics, e.g., directions, dining and shopping suggestions, etc., after the tour is also a favorite part of the job.

    How long have you been a member of GANYC?

    Since June 26, 2014.

    How did you hear or learn about GANYC?

    I heard about GANYC from Lee Gelber and Nina Mende while working at CitySights NY. Also, Dave Gardner was a very positive influence in all-things-GANYC who convinced me to join the organization!

    What's your advice or Tour Guide tip you love to share to people visiting New York?

    Walk with alacrity(!) and be open to a sense of adventure.


    (For more info or to book a tour with Tim, check out his GANYC profile by clicking here.)

  5. Tiny New York

    At our monthly meetings, GANYC regularly features a guest speaker on a variety of topics... from secret places in NYC to the history of the NYC sanitation department (a fascinating discussion) to featured architects and historians, and more. Our Education Committee and other volunteers do a fantastic job of always finding great people to discuss so many different aspects of the city to our members and guests.

    For our January meeting, our speaker Suzi Siegel, journalist and author, discussed her book, "Tiny New York". In a city of big things (population, buildings, etc), this book focuses on the tiny things. You can watch the full video of her talk to GANYC and the following Q&A here:
     


     
  6. GANYC Statement on Government Shutdown


    In light of the ongoing government shutdown, the Guides Association of NYC (GANYC) is here to help visitors to New York navigate this rapidly changing environment. Our membership of hundreds of licensed, vetted tourist guides are your key to unlocking this city. GANYC is available to provide alternatives and advice to visitors, and those in the tourism industry.

    Currently, several sites around the NYC area-- such as Federal Hall, the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace, General Grant National Memorial, and others-- remain closed due to the lack of appropriations. Both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island remain open due to emergency state appropriations. Our members are the front faces of the tourism industry and work to stay on top all the latest developments in New York for you.

    You may contact us directly, or use the directory of guides and services our website-- GANYC.org-- to find the options that best suit your travel needs.

    Thank you,
    Guides Association of NYC

  7. GANYC Apple Awards Tickets & Voting Deadlines


    The Guides Association of New York City (GANYC)  is so happy that award-winning podcast hosts The Bowery Boys (Thomas Meyers and Gregory Young) will host the 5th Annual GANYC Apple Awards on March 4, 2019 at the SVA Theater. The Apple Awards celebrate those who make New York City great. Over a dozen awards are given out to individuals & organizations who’ve shown exceptional commitment to improving our city and our experience as tour guides.

    We just want to remind our members that the deadline to vote is this coming weekend. All members, even provisional, can vote. Make sure that you are logged in to your WildApricot account and go here: https://ganyc.wildapricot.org/Sys/Poll/4588

    For tickets to the event (ceremony tickets, as well as the VIP package with access to the pre-ceremony reception), these will be on sale until the day of the event. However, early-bird pricing will end this weekend. The link for tickets is here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/5th-annual-ganyc-apple-awards-tickets-52717514505

    Members were previously sent a code to unlock the members discount. If you need that, see the GANYC Announcements page for that information.

    Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you all in March!

  8. NY Council Members Offer Support to Tourism Industry


    Three members of NYC's City Council-- Keith Powers, Paul Vallone, & Jimmy Van Bramer -- wrote an editorial for Crain's Business: The city should do more to support our burgeoning tourism industry

    They state:

    "According to NYC & Company, the city's marketing organization for tourism, visitors brought in nearly $4.2 billion in 2016. However, the city spends less on tourism promotion than Las Vegas, San Francisco and Barcelona, and the budget for tourism has declined by 22% in the past decade.

    In order to stay competitive, New York needs to create a comprehensive, citywide plan to manage the tourism boom, one that addresses the challenges that visitors face. The plan should revamp our infrastructure, ensure that tourism is an integral part of the city's jobs planning and include all boroughs."

    We couldn't agree more. The city cannot rest on its laurels, nor continue to rely on infrastructure that is, in some case, over a century old.

    They also note that:

    "Finally, we need to expand tourism in the outer boroughs so all New Yorkers benefit from the industry. Tourists tend to congregate in Manhattan hot spots, like Times Square and Central Park. But New York is much more than those iconic areas. There is untapped potential for new tourist destinations in the outer boroughs that could bring vital economic growth, and a new look at our city."

    And we enthusiastically agree here. New York is a large and diverse city, and its tourism is starting to reflect that. One way that GANYC's guides work to represent this growing industry is through our diversity... not just in our pool of guides, but also in the topics and neighborhoods that they cover. Many of our guides are multilingual. Most are multi-borough in knowledge and experience. Many have numerous certifications. And decades of experience.

    We are happy to work as an organization to boost the profile of our industry and our guides... and look forward to working with the City Council on any initiatives they may reach out to us on. Our President, Michael Dillinger, will be writing a letter soon to the Council members to begin that work. And, as always, we are happy to speak to members of the press about what a valuable resource GANYC can be.

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