A Greeter is an enthusiastic local volunteer who takes along small groups of tourists – no more than six – to visit his or her city, village or region. As a true ambassador he or she is happy to share experiences, knowledge and passion when touring visitors.
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A little history
The concept of the Greeters originated in New York in the early nineties and was created to promote direct contacts between local residents and visitors in the city. This is called participative tourism. This popular initiative was followed by many countries and cities all over the world, who are united in the International Greeter Association. In Belgium you will also find Greeters in Brussels, Charleroi, Ghent, Hoegaarden, Liège, Lys Valley, Mons, Namur and along the coast.
A visit with a Greeter will focus on the tourist’s experience. You’ll get to listen to personal anecdotes and top tips as your Greeter takes you on a tour through his or her city as though you were a relative or a friend. Tours will mainly be given on foot, but some Greeters will do biketours also. Please tell your Greeter your preference and he or she will provide you with a personalized programme. You can be sure of an original, authentic and completely free visit that will stay with you!
For a sneak peek of Greeter tips on Antwerp, please check out our facebook page.