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Our Journey

The Northern Ireland Tourist Guide Association is a not for profit, non political body established in 1992 to represent the needs of professional Tourist Guides in the region. Our full members are NI Blue Badge Guides and ROI National Guides accredited by the Institute of Tourist Guiding in London or Fáilte Ireland. Our main purpose is to promote and market our members, and to ensure that Tourist Guides are recognised as the key ambassadors of our region. Our members speak a range of languages and engage in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to maintain their skills and knowledge base. All our members have comprehensive public liability insurance.

NITGA is a member of the European Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (FEG) and the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (WFTGA).

NITGA is a Company Limited by Guarantee. Company Registration Number: NI65249.

NITGA is the Professional Guiding body in Northern Ireland and works closely with Tour Operators, Coach Operators, the Hotel industry and the Tourist Attractions located within Northern Ireland. We also have close links with Industries Governing body TNI  (Tourism Northern Ireland) and Tourism Ireland.

Our association has grown since the first Blue badge Guides qualified in 1992 to a body of around 100 independent guides today. Each of our guides is unique in their own right. They come from a variety of backgrounds and bring a wealth of knowledge and skills with them.

Northern Ireland Tourist Guide Association