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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 Blue Badge Guides and National Guides accredited by the Institute of Tourist Guiding in London or Failte 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 also engage in regular professional development to maintain their skills and knowledge base and speak a range of languages. All our members have comprehensive public liability insurance

NITGA is the Professional Guiding body in N.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.