NITGA was established in 1992, this was the year the first Blue Badge Tourist Guides qualified. NITGA is a Company Limited by Guarantee and is headed by a Chairman and nine officers and board members. NITGA’s address is in the centre of Belfast.
NITGA is a member of, the Tourism Alliance in Northern Ireland, Visit Belfast, The Institute of Tourist Guiding, the European Federation of Tourist Guide Associations, and the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations.
A Traditional Irish Music Session in a Northern Irish Pub
NITGA is a membership body providing representation for qualified Tourist Guides. It is a not for profit, non-political body representing the needs of professional tourist guides within Northern 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. We also provide support and guidance for members when required.
NITGA is committed to continuing professional development (CPD) which ensures our members always provide interesting, informative and enjoyable tours. Our members speak a range of languages and engage in regular professional development to maintain their skills and knowledge base.
NITGA offers three guiding qualifications accredited by ITG (Institute of Tourist Guiding):
NITGA has over 100 members and is growing from a range of diverse backgrounds including accountancy, civil servants, coach driver, forestry educationalist, geologists, medics, ornithologists, police officers, post mistress, social worker, taxi driver, teachers and many more! Our members offer tours in over 15 languages and many Guides specialise in themed tours such as Ecclesiastic, Food tours, Gardens, Golf, Game of Thrones film sites, Literature, Music, Ornithology, Pubs, St Patrick, Street Art and Murals, Traditional Irish music, Ulster Scots, Whiskey etc
All of our members bring a wealth of knowledge and skill base to guiding - you can imagine how proud NITGA is of its’ members and the interesting, fascinating and factually accurate narratives they deliver.
International Tourist Guiding Day - 21 February - The Cathedral Quarter of Belfast City
NITGA continually strives to improve the standard of our guiding and takes every opportunity to expand members’ knowledge and skills by offering a full and wide ranging programme of continuous professional development (CPD). During the winter months the CPD Committee organises familiarisation (FAM) trips to areas and places of interest, evening lectures alongside monthly ”talk and dine” events with invited speakers, giving guides an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and also meet socially with fellow members. Regular newsletters are distributed to all members regarding up and coming events, and updated information regarding all aspects of life in Northern Ireland.
Members demonstrate their involvement in CPD during the winter months by submitting their details to the NITGA board and if approved, a logo is placed beside their name on the NITGA website.
NITGA Guides enjoying a recent FAM trip to Hillsborough Castle
NITGA’s guides are first class ambassadors for Northern Ireland. They are professional, qualified and have public liability insurance. They deliver unbiased information that both informs and entertains visitors with authentic and memorable visitor experiences and do so in over 15 different languages. Guides are trained in the safe management of groups of all sizes.
Northern Ireland is a small and compact country and can be described as a hidden gem. You can drive from city to coast to countryside in a maximum of two hours so getting the full flavour of Northern Ireland in a few days is very achievable. Visit the NITGA website www.nitga.co.uk for a sample of tours offered by NITGA guides.
Popular places in Northern Ireland to visit includes:
Surfing on White Rock Beach on the Antrim Coast Road.
Game of Throne Locations throughout all of Northern Ireland
Game of Thrones Tapestry at the Ulster Museum in Belfast
Information regarding NITGA, how to find a qualified guide, details of language guides and a sample of tours available can be viewed at www.nitga.co.uk. Enquires can be made via the website and a member of NITGA will contact you.
NITGA members enjoying a recent Fam Trip to Randalstown