ITMI Quick Facts
Headquarters . . . . . . . .
14 West Pier, Sausalito, CA 94965
Founded . . . . . . . .
1976 in San Francisco, CA
Founders . . . . . . . .
• Ted Bravos, CTP
• William Newton, Ph.D.
Type of Business . . . . . . . .
Tour director, travel guide education, cruise ship training, driver guide and hospitality training and career preparation.
Distinctions . . . . . . . .
First certified professional tour director program in America.
Achievements . . . . . . . .
Launched over eight-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. 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 job placement assistance.
Job Preparation . . . . . . . .
ITMI prepares graduates to serve as domestic and international tour guides, travel staff, shore excursions, destination lecturers and more. 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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