International Tour Management Institute (ITMI)

The Premier Training Institute for Tour & Travel Professionals Since 1976

Making the World a Better Place Through Travel



ITMI Quick Facts

Founded . . . . . . . .
1976 in San Francisco, CA
Founders . . . . . . . .
• Ted Bravos, CTP
• William Newton, Ph.D.
Office . . . . . . . .
14 West Pier
Sausalito, CA 94965
Classes . . . . . . . .
• Tour Guide / Tour Director
• Custom Training Programs
• Driver Training
Class Structure . . . . . . . .
40% in-class teaching
60% in-field workshops
Class size . . . . . . . .
25 – 30 students
Alumni . . . . . . . . 
8,000+ worldwide
Placement . . . . . . . .
92% job placement

Our Commitment

Education: Receive individual coaching from experienced role models and mentors who are all active tour directors. The ITMI faculty provide you real-world, hands-on, practical applications in both the classroom and in the field. You will learn everything you need to know to begin living your dream as a tour director or guide.

Partnership: Over 8,000 alumni have built our reputation. Your success is our success. Our partnership with you extends for the life of your career and far beyond our job placement assistance, including access to the exclusive ITMI Alumni Library for news and tools to help you to become more successful.

Community: You have now joined the world's largest network of Professional Tour Directors and Guides. Follow your colleagues via ITMI’s Facebook page, LinkedIn and Twitter and more to network, discuss issues and share your stories! Each year after graduation you are eligible to attend our 5-day Annual ITMI Symposium and Reunion, for continuing education, destination knowledge, networking opportunities with your colleagues and employment opportunities with a wide variety of ITMI Tour Operator partners.

Outreach: As tour directors and guides you make a difference by creating cultural bridges of understanding everyday. You are Ambassadors of Goodwill. In Outreach we want to detail your efforts thru inspirational stories in your various roles as stewards of the environment and how you give back to your local community, help you generate awareness of issues affecting our global community and acknowledge your efforts to better our world.  #ITMIMakesADifference 



The ITMI faculty and staff are here to answer your questions and guide you along your path to becoming a tour professional. The ITMI faculty provide you with real-world, hands-on, practical applications in both the classroom and in the field. You’ll receive individual mentoring and coaching from experienced role models who are all active tour directors. Learn more about them here.