The Global Greeter Network is celebrating the 26th anniversary of the creation of the Greeters concept.
The concept was founded in 1992 by Lynn Brooks in New York City. It stemmed from a desire to have tourists discover the real New York by means of Big Apple residents who at the time had a bad reputation among them.
The principle is simple: volunteers share with visitors their enthusiasm, their anecdotes, their favorite places and invite them to explore Brussels in a different way. An original and at times off beat way of discovering a city.
The Greeters in Brussels welcome tourists in 12 different languages to the four corners of Brussels Capital Region. The 115 Greeters offer personalized tours based on their experience, personality, leisure activities and more. The tours are free and what you get in exchange is valuable and rich.
The tours are done in groups of 6 people maximum. However, the Greeters welcome everyone – expats, pensioners, LGBTQI, lone travelers- but on reservation only.
In 2017, the Brussels Greeters received over 1000 inscriptions for tours with enthusiastic residents.
The Brussels Greeters network is a free service issuing from participative tourism based on volunteering and residents’ enthusiasm. It is coordinated by visit.brussels and is part of its mission to welcome visitors and show them around.
Further information: www.greeters.brussels