The Idea of the Greeter Program
The Greeter concept (stemming from the idea “to greet” someone) was created by New Yorker Lyn Brooks. In 1992 New York was facing difficult times and Lynn wanted to change the city’s image:
I want other people to understand New York the way I do. I want them to experience the city the way I do. And all I need to do is invite visitors to spend some time with me or any inhabitant of New York – to show them the hidden and beautiful life in this city.
We will show them the deli where we get our sweets, tell them about the nice music events in smaller theaters, tell them how to get around, tell them about our lives.
Her idea was a success and has grown into an international movement with 100+ Greeter programs belonging to the International Greeter Association. In Germany alone we have a growing number of Greeter cities: German Greeters.