Blog & News

GANYC Properly Rings in 2022 Posted on: by Jeremy.Wilcox GANYC's celebration of 2022 was delayed by the Omicron surge, but we were happy to host two big events last week, one virtual and one in person. The first was the 8th annual GANYC Apple Awards, which streamed online on International Tourist Guide Day (February 21). We were proud to honor several… Read More
"New York City tour guides fear losing their jobs by recorded audio and lack of tourists" Posted on: by Jeremy.Wilcox Crain's New York has published a story looking at the struggling state of the NYC tourism industry. They spoke with GANYC members Jeremy Wilcox, Patrick van Rosendaal, and James Hoffman for their specific perspectives. We have seen a recovery, but it has been slower and choppier than expected as… Read More
Joe Svehlak on 'Manhattan's forgotten Syrian Quarter' Posted on: by Jeremy.Wilcox In addition to being a NYC tour guide (and long-time GANYC member!), Joe Svehlak has worked with numerous preservation groups for decades. Among his top focuses, Joe has worked to spotlight the history of the lost "Little Syria" community who lived in the "Lower West Side" of Manhattan that was… Read More
GANYC Discusses NYC's ‘Double Whammy’ of Job Troubles Posted on: by Jeremy.Wilcox The NYT has an article today looking at "The ‘Double Whammy’ That Is Slowing New York City’s Job Growth". One of those whammies is, of course, the tourism sector (the other being commuters, still largely working remotely). The article notes, "Before the pandemic, the tourism industry in New York… Read More
GANYC Discusses Sightseeing Bus Guides on WNYC Posted on: by Jeremy.Wilcox We thank The Brian Lehrer Show and WNYC for spotlighting the plight of laid-off sightseeing bus guides. Listen here: The Future of NYC Tour Bus Guides Patrick Casey, the chair of our Government Relations Committee, spoke on the segment about the need for live guides, and the crucial role they… Read More
NY Missed You! Posted on: by Jeremy.Wilcox This week marks the long-awaited return of international visitors to the US, kept away by travel bans that lasted nearly 20 months. Tour guides have always worked to serve as ambassadors to our great city, and that was certainly the case yesterday, as the first travelers arrived in our post-vaccine… Read More
GANYC Guides Inform NYC! Posted on: by Jeremy.Wilcox The NYC government has a regular video series, named "inform NYC", that provides New Yorkers with useful information about city services by answering the most frequently asked questions. The latest episode-- 'Why are Queens streets so confusing?'-- features two GANYC Members, Ibrahima Diallo and… Read More
GANYC Guides In Conversation Posted on: by Jeremy.Wilcox Tour guides love and know New York, and few know the city better than GANYC guides. Member Stan O'Connor has begun a series of videos in conversation with his fellow members about some of their favorite places in NYC. If you have a favorite area in the city, we'd love to hear your story! Here are… Read More
Guides Are Unsung Heroes! Posted on: by Jeremy.Wilcox This past week, GANYC member Jeremy Wilcox was interviewed by Elis James and John Robins on their BBC radio program. Each week they do a segment called “Unsung Heroes”, where they talk to various people who have played a big part in something well known to the public, but also not very recognized.… Read More
Welcome Back, International Travelers! Posted on: by Jeremy.Wilcox GANYC was elated to hear that, starting in November, international travelers will once be able to visit the United States (with most restrictions removed then for vaccinated travelers). Our membership includes a large amount of multilingual guides who depend on their travelers for their livelihoods… Read More