International Tour Management Institute (ITMI)

The Premier Training Institute for Tour & Travel Professionals Since 1976

ITMI Quick Facts

Headquarters . . . . . . . .
625 Market St, Suite 801
San Francisco, CA 94105

Contact Info . . . . . . . .
phone : (415) 957-9489
US toll free :
email :

Founded . . . . . . . .
1976 in San Francisco, CA

Founders . . . . . . . .
• Ted Bravos, CTP
• William Newton, Ph.D.

Type of Business . . . . . . . .
Tour director, travel guide education, training and career preparation.

Distinctions . . . . . . . .
First certified professional tour director program in America.

Achievements . . . . . . . .
Launched over seven-thousand successful careers as professional tour directors and tourism industry staff. Many ITMI graduates have planned tours for major travel companies and coordinated special events for programs such as the Rose Bowl. Some have chosen careers as corporate event planners.

About the Programs . . . . . . . .
Intensive 15-day travel training programs include classroom education and road trips that simulate actual tour director experiences. Graduates of the program also receive free lifetime travel placement assistance.

Job Preparation . . . . . . . .
ITMI prepares graduates to serve as domestic and international tour guides and they are also qualified to act as hosts on cruise ships. An increasing number of our graduates are enjoying life at sea.

About the Industry . . . . . . . .
Travel and tourism are a vital part of the economy, creating over 17 million jobs and generating more than $740 billion in spending annually in the U.S. alone. (Source: U.S. Travel Association).



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Press Releases

Why Tour Guides Are Essential Meeting and Event Teammates

NTA Courier: ITMI President and Co-Founder Ted Bravos Reflects on 40 Years of ITMI and Looks Toward the Future of Group Travel (pg. 56)

ITMI Partners with Meetrip, an Innovative Global Tour Guide Booking Portal

International Tour Management Institute announces 30th Annual ITMI Symposium 2017 to be held in Little Rock, Arkansas, January 29 - February 2

LA/Ontario International Airport, a Gateway to Southern California, Welcomes ITMI Symposium Attendees with an Opening Day Luncheon Sponsorship

ITMI Announces Warner Bros. Studio Tours is Gold Sponsor of ITMI Symposium 2016

International Tour Management Institute (ITMI), the School for People Who Explore the World for a Living, Announces the Graduation of Class #300

Countdown to #CycleofHope Has Begun; Bikers on a Mission to Raise $250,000 for Habitat for Humanity of East Bay/Silicon Valley, California

Musical Theatre Actor Cast in Starring Role as Tour Guide and Group Tour Director

Former Air Force Officer Launches Encore Career as a Tour Guide, International Tour Management Institute (ITMI) Paves the Way

The International Tour Management Institute (ITMI) Selects Ontario, California as the Destination for 2016 Symposium

Zoe Wagoner: Seven Continents, 75 Countries and Counting

Jobs in Tourism and Hospitality Outpacing all Other Industries, Hundreds of Tour Directors and Guides Hired During the ITMI Symposium in Newport, Rhode Island

It’s Official! Tauck Tour Director Sets New Guinness Book Record to Raise Awareness About Human Trafficking

Domestic and International Tour Operators to Meet in Newport, Rhode Island at the ITMI Symposium and Reunion, January 25 – 29, 2015

ECPAT-USA, the Leading Anti-Human Trafficking Policy Organization in the USA Has Named the International Tour Management Institute (ITMI) a Top CODE Member

ITMI Delivers Cross-Cultural Learning for 'Joy Holiday’s' Chinese Tour Directors as They Prepare to Welcome a Record Number of Chinese Visitors to the United States

Samsonite®, the World’s Leading Travel Luggage Brand, is a Premier Sponsor of the ITMI Symposium in Nashville, TN, January 26 - 30

Rick Steves, Host of PBS’ “Rick Steves’ Europe,” to Speak at the ITMI Symposium in Nashville, TN

Tennessee Department of Tourist Development to Participate in the ITMI Symposium in Nashville, TN

Exec-Comm Managing Partner Jay Sullivan to Share Insights into Effective Communication and Storytelling at the ITMI Symposium in Nashville, TN

Renaissance Nashville Hotel Hosts the International Tour Management Institute’s 27th Annual Symposium and Reunion

Hard Rock Cafe Nashville to Sponsor International Tour Management Institute’s Gala Closing Night Event at Its 2014 Symposium in Nashville

Music City to Roll Out the Red Carpet for the 27th International Tour Management Institute (ITMI) Symposium and Reunion

Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Chairman and Former CEO of Carlson Travel and Hospitality Companies to Speak at the International Tour Management Institute (ITMI) Symposium

International Tour Management Institute (ITMI) to Become a Signatory to The Code, a Tourism Industry Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking

International Tour Management Institute (ITMI) Joins President Obama in Supporting His Commitment to End Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery

Albuquerque to Host International Tour Management Institute’s 26th Symposium and Reunion

International Tour Management Institute (ITMI) is Approved as a Military Spouse Career Advancement Education Provider

Human Trafficking and Sexual Slavery are a Billion Dollar Industry

Human Trafficking Awareness Training for Professional Tour Directors at ITMI Symposium Attendees Finance Safe House for Orphans in Haiti

Ryan’s Express Transportation Motor Coach Drivers Receive Training and Certification from International Tour Management Institute (ITMI)

Tourism and Travel Industry Growth Exceeds Expectations, Creates New Jobs

International Tour Management Institute Launches Motor Coach Driver Training and Certification Program, PDJ Global Logistics Drivers Receive First-Ever Certification

Chinese National Tourism Administration Predicts that 2 Million Chinese Tourists Will Visit the USA by 2015

World of Coca-Cola Sponsors International Tour Management Institute’s Gala Closing Night Event at its 2011 Symposium in Atlanta

Premier San Francisco-based Certification Program for Professional Tour Guides and Directors Taps Hidden Job Market: Careers in Global Travel Industry

iPhone Travel App Developer Taps Professional Tour Guides to Produce Multi-media and Augmented Reality Virtual Tours

Seniors and Boomers Launch Rewarding Encore Careers, Earn Extra Income as Professional Tour Guides in Global Travel Industry