International Tour Management Institute (ITMI)

The Premier Training Institute for Tour & Travel Professionals Since 1976

Making the World a Better Place Through Travel



ITMI Headquarters

625 Market Street
Suite 810
San Francisco, CA 94105

Schedule of Classes

The ITMI Tour Guide / Tour Director Certification Program is 15 days long. Classes are taught in either San Francisco, Boston or Washington D.C.


  • October 10 to 25: SF
  • November 28 to Dec. 12: SF *Nov. / Dec. Class Wait Listed


  • February 13 to 27: SF
  • March 27 to April 10: SF
  • May 8 to 22: Boston
  • July 10 to 24: SF
  • September - On Board Cruise Ship Training: Dates to be Announced
  • October 9 to 23: Wash D.C.
  • November 27 to Dec. 11: SF


Students come to ITMI classes from throughout the United States, Canada and around the globe.  When considering places to stay during your classes in San Francisco, know that most ITMI classes are held in our class room at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco's famous Union Square located at 222 Mason St., San Francisco, CA 94102

 Keeping in mind location, convenience and budget, our first accommodation recommendation for ITMI students is the Hotel Bijou located in Union Square. Additional housing options close by include the San Francisco Downtown Hostel or the many options found on AirBnB.

Students will receive housing information and a reservation form approximately 6-8 weeks prior to their class date. 

Hotel Bijou

tour guide housing

The Hotel Bijou is the most unique of all the San Francisco boutique hotels in Union Square. Inspired by San Francisco’s rich cinematic history, the hotel is adorned with classic movie palace designs and dramatic Hollywood portraits. They even have a mini movie theater in their lobby showing a nightly double feature of glamorous San Francisco-based movies.

The cost of a shared hotel room is approximately $77.50 per person, per night, excluding taxes for the full two-week travel-training program. Cost of a single hotel room is approximately $155.00 per person, per night excluding taxes.

San Francisco Downtown Hostel

San Francisco Downtown Hostel is part of Hosteling International's world-wide family of hostels "offering an opportunity to interact with other travelers of any age, culture, background, or experience in a safe environment. HI hostels also provide free or low-cost programs, self-service kitchens, comfortable common rooms, and additional amenities.

HI hostels are the trusted source for quality at a great price because they meet international quality standards for cleanliness, service, and safety." For more information, visit San Francisco Downtown Hostel


Airbnb connects local hosts with visitors searching for unique places to stay.

"Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone or tablet.

Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and 190 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions."

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