Lys Valley Greeters
Lys Valley Greeters
Greeters are enthusiastic, local volunteers who live in the area and take along small groups of tourists (no more than 6) to visit their city, village or region. The Greeters are true ambassadors who are happy to share their experiences, knowledge and passion when touring visitors.
Originated in New York
The concept of the Greeters originated in New York in the early nineties and was created to promote direct contacts between local residents and visitors in the city. This is called participative tourism. This popular initiative was followed by many countries and cities all over the world. Our country also has greeters, in Brussels and along our Belgian coast.
Experience the Lys Valley
Visits with a Greeter focus on the tourists’ experience. This means that you will get a personal welcome and hear personal stories, as greeters take people around as though they were treating their own relatives to a day out in the city or village. We do not stick to walking in the Lys Valley, as we also have Greeters who are willing to guide small groups of people by bike. There are even greeters ready to welcome you if you want to take a trip by cargo bike or in-line skates.
Together with one of our Lys Valley Greeters, you can get a taste for our region, on foot, by (cargo) bike or even on your in-line skates! Read their profiles here and find the Lys Valley Greeter who fits you best. For more information about the Lys Valley, fun museums or places to stay, visit www.toerisme-leiestreek.be.
The Lys Valley Greeters is part of the Interreg IV project ‘Lys Valley, from source to estuary’. If you would like to cross the border and be introduced to the French Lys Valley and its Greeters, click here.
All Greeters and Greeter destinations share the same core values:
1. Greeters are volunteers, a friendly face for those visiting a city/destination
2. Greeters welcome individuals and may serve small groups of up to six people
3. Meeting a Greeter is free of charge
4. Visitors are welcomed without any kind of discrimination.
5. Greeter programs support sustainable tourism. Programs respects natural and man-made environments, it brings both cultural and economical enrichment to the local communities. Programs aim for a lasting positive image of each destination.
6. Greeter programs create a mutually enriching opportunity for cultural exchange, create links between ordinary people in creating a better world.