Discovering the city with a local? What an excellent idea. And those that know how to do it are the “greeters”.
Entering its its 26th year, the Global Greeter Network is going from strength to strength and to reinforce its capacities the International Greeters Association has been created with headquarters in Brussels.
But who are the greeters? Greeters are local people who give tourists an unusual, original and personal insight into their city or neighbourhood, in a friendly and welcoming way. This idea is a perfect example of the trend in alternative tourism, which is increasingly in demand from tourists looking for a more authentic experience. It represents participative tourism, a vehicle for urban development and a cornerstone of tourist growth at the start of the 21st century.
The global network is expected to grow by 5% in the next two years. The current Global Greeter Network has more than 140 members in all 4 corners of the globe and putting a next step in its evolution was a natural move with the creation of the International Greeter Association (IGA) to group them all.
The creation of the IGA, with founding 6 networks (Brussels, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Hamburg, Paris, CDT Pas de Calais), in Brussels, the world capital of international associations, with more than 2,300 based in the city enhances the potential to learn from others and reinforce the popularity of participatory tourism. The Brussels Greeters network as a free, participative tourism service, that relies on the volunteering work and enthusiasm of the people of Brussels, also allows to discover the city in this way.
The Association Bureau welcomes the International Greeter Association in Brussels.