The Greeters are local volunteers. They are passionate people in love with their city or region. Their pleasure is to welcome visitor as they would do with friends. They offer free time to let you discover spots they like, tell histories about their city, village or environement and share their way of life.
A Greeter is not a professional guide. Come alone or with up to six people and discover good plans during a walk or a discussion around a glass! Whatever is the type of meeting, the essential point is meeting each other.
Tourism is often seen as a vector for mutual understanding and peace among people. Greeters think that this can be true only when there is a true exchange between visitors and locals. Touristic visits should not limit itself to a simple consumption act.
What is “Greeter” history? En 1992, Lynn Brooks had the idea to erase the negative image of the frightfull and sprawling New-York of that time. She wanted to show the New-York she loved. With her friends complicity , she then proposed to tourists, some unusual walks organized by locals in their “Big Apple” environment. The first Greeter organization was born.
Outside of touristic tracks, le Greeter concept, re-invents sense of hospitality, based on meeting, sharing and exchange between visitors and locals. After more than 20 years, “Greeter” has become an international trade mark. Quite a lot of other cities and territories have settle Greeter organizations. They are part of a Worldwide network called the GGN (Global Greeter Network).