Free NYC Tours on International Tourist Guide Day

January 30, 2013 by

City Tours & Sightseeing, Local Experts & Private Guides

Harvey leading a tour outside of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC

Harvey leading a tour outside of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC

This February 21st, cities around the world will come to life as tourist guides commemorate International Tourist Guide Day. Harvey Paul Davidson, a leader and active member of both global and local guiding associations (as well as a top Viator Private Guide!) shared with us how International Tourist Guide Day came to be and what New York City guides will be doing this year to celebrate.

The Guides Association of New York City is celebrating its second annual International Tourist Guide Day with FREE one hour and longer walking tours on Thursday, February 21st. Visitors wanting to participate should log on to and click on the link that says, “ITGD Free Tours – February 21, 2013″ to see the full schedule of tours that will be offered. They can then contact the guide listed for each tour in advance to sign up for a specific tour (signups are on a first come basis and groups are limited).  Where public transportation is required participants will pay their own way.

There are more than 20 tours scheduled on a range of topics and attractions, including Subway Art, Times Square, the theater district, Rockefeller Center, Harlem, Central Park, Grand Central Terminal, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Millionaire’s Row on Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, Chinatown, East Village, Lower East Side, Greenwich Village, the financial district, South Street Seaport and Staten Island.

ITGD takes place throughout the world every February 21st. This is the date of the foundation of the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations in 1985 (the Guides Association of New York City is a member of the WFTGA). In 1990 the first International Tourist Guide Day took place with 15 countries participating and this coming year’s International Tourist Guide Day will be celebrated by tour guides in more than 60 countries.

The WFTGA logo “Hands Across the World” has never been more appropriate than it is today with its members in every continent, holding hands together to spread messages of peace and friendship to visitors from every culture, while showing them the best of their own countries’ culture and heritage.

For additional information, contact Harvey Paul Davidson, a top Viator Private Guide in New York City. You can also browse Viator’s network of local guides around the world to find a great local guide no matter where your travels take you. 

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