The Guides' Association of New York City (GANYC) is an association of independent, professional tour guides based in New York City. Each member is licensed by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs. GANYC was founded in 1974 by licensed tour guides for licensed tour guides. We are one of the oldest and most active tour guides associations in America.
We provide a number of services for the visiting public as well as for our members including tour guide education, familiarization tours (FAM Tours), professional advice and workshops. Take the time to enjoy our find-a-guide feature and learn what GANYC members have to offer.
And if you are a licensed tour guide in New York City (or plan on becoming one), please look over how to join our organization. It will be the best decision you can make in your professional career as a Tour Guide in New York City!
Once you submit this application, you will be contacted, via e-mail**, by a membership committee member with the next opportunity to interview with the board (monthly). You may bring a credit card, cash, or a check with you made out to GANYC in the amount of $150. This covers the initiation fee of $25 and the annual dues of $125. Dues paid from July 1- Oct. 31 are prorated to $62.50. Dues paid from Nov. 1 - Dec. 31 will be credited to the following year. Please know that if you use a credit or debit card there will be a processing fee. PAYMENTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED PRIOR TO AN INTERVIEW.
Approval process may take up to 90 days, depending on receipt of application and scheduled interview date. Provisional Membership includes all privileges, EXCEPT voting rights. In order to become a Full Member, you must attend at least four meetings or other approved events within a minimum of 12 months from your acceptance date (the board may determine appropriate substitutes for the meeting requirements based on the recommendation of committee chairs). You must also provide two letters of recommendation (submitted to membership or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org) from GANYC members in good standing.
**Please be sure to provide the best email at which to reach you, and check your spam folders for our notifications. If you don’t have an email account, please let us know and we will be happy to help you set one up. It’s an extremely useful tool for any tour guide to have, and you will miss important GANYC communications if you don’t have one.
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