ToursByLocals Busiest Guides in 2017!

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At the end of each year, we get to compile a lot of interesting numbers: how many travelers toured with our guides? (We're about to hit the ¾ million mark!) Which tours were the most popular? Where are most people traveling? How have these numbers changed from last year?

The question we wanted answered today was: which of our 2193 guides were the busiest in 2017? Below, we’re going to share the names of the 10 guides who booked the most tours this year; if you’re thinking of going on tour with one of them in 2018, we’d advise you to book soon, as their spring and summer calendars are already filling up quickly!

1. Dino in Rome
Congrats to our busiest guide in 2017! Dino became a ToursByLocals guide in 2012 and this year, he gave a total of 225 tours of his beloved city of Rome to ToursByLocals travellers. He has a PhD in Roman History, but his “lectures” around the city include gelato, Italian wine and his lively sense of humour. Dino wants his travelers to fall in love with Rome, just as he did many years ago. You simply can’t go wrong exploring the city with this guide.

2. Cayetano in Barcelona
With almost 200 tours under his belt in 2017, this licensed guide offers everything from Gaudi tours to Jewish heritage and foodie tours of Barcelona, a place he describes as “rich in roots and heritage, but young, cosmopolitan and innovative at the same time.” Congrats, Cayetano, on helping so many travelers enjoy Barcelona.

3. Chizuko in Kyoto
Congrats to Chizuko for consistently appearing in our Top Ten list, year after year! Chizuko has led close to 1000 groups of ToursByLocals travelers since 2011, taking visitors on cultural tours of Kyoto, which include traditional tea ceremonies, visits to markets and even a cooking lesson at her own home. Her deep knowledge of Japanese culture and history are routinely praised by travellers, like this one: “Chizuko was an excellent tour guide; her knowledge and consideration for our needs exceeded our expectations.”

4. Francisco in Barcelona
Barcelona has become increasingly popular in the last five years, and our guide Francisco, with his deep knowledge of Gaudi, is an excellent person to help you understand why. As a professional photographer, Francisco will take photos of your day (and can give you tips to take better ones); he’ll send them to you once you’ve returned home from vacation. This is the fourth year in a row that Francisco has had a spot on our top ten list!

5. Isabelle in Paris
Travellers love Isabelle. Her passion for and knowledge of all things Parisian is unmatched. As she writes in her profile: “I like to think that the rapport between a guide and his/her clients implies that a subtle music is written, a dynamic is enjoyed and that knowledge is shared.” Whether you’re visiting Versailles, the Louvre or the more intimate backstreets of Paris, Isabelle is a wonderful person to have at your side.

6. Ken in Kyoto
Our Kyoto guides were again very popular this year; Ken delivered 166 tours. He has homes in both Kyoto and the ancient city of Nara and leads tours around both areas. Ken’s interests are many: history, art, literature, Haiku, business, economy, anime, martial art, Ninja and bird watching. Travelers routinely praise his deep knowledge of local culture, and his eagerness to impart it during his tours.

7. Roland in Hawaii
We’re excited to welcome Roland to the top 10! This is the first year an American guide has made it onto this list, and we’d like to congratulate Roland on an exceptional year. He descends from a long line of Hawaiians: his great-grandmother was a citizen of the monarchical Hawaiian Kingdom under the reign of Queen Liliu'okalani. Roland is proud to show off the best of Oahu to travelers from all over the world.

8. Genevieve in Paris
Geneviève has been a ToursByLocals guide since 2010 (one of our original Paris guides!) and has met travelers for over 800 tours of her city since then. Whether you’re with girlfriends, children or on a romantic getaway, Geneviève can show you parts of the city you’ve never seen – and will want to see again. Need more convincing? Just read what past travelers have said about her! She has A LOT of fans.

9. Carlos in Mexico City
For the first time this year, we have a guide from Mexico in our Top Ten list! Carlos is phenomenal – he’s been a ToursByLocals guide for 7 years, and we consistently read effusive praise for him from travelers. (Over the years, he’s collected almost 300 reviews!) If you’re going to Mexico City, don’t miss spending time with him!

10. Augusto in Lisbon
“Knowledgeable, passionate, articulate and fun!” is how one of Augusto’s recent travelers described him. He’s one of our newest guides in Lisbon, and this year he was the busiest, leading tours around the city and day-trips to places like Sintra, Obidos, Cascais and Belem. Congrats on a fantastic 2017, Augusto!

Recognizing that some pretty amazing guides live in places that get fewer visitors, we’re also recognizing the top 3 busiest guides on each continent, excluding countries already represented in the Top Ten list.

Top 3 Guides in Asia

Sunil in Dubai
Phil in Singapore
Sunny in Beijing

Top 3 Guides in South America

Leo in Chile
Michael in Rio
Andres in Buenos Aires

Top 3 Guides in Oceania

Stephen in Sydney
Claire in Auckland
Peter in Melbourne

Top 3 Guides in North America

Caesar in San Francisco
Peter in Boston
Ronald in New York City

Top 3 Guides in Africa

Lesley O in Johannesburg
El Mehdi in Marrakech
Noura in Marrakech

Top 3 Guides in Europe
Tomislav in Dubrovnik
Melinda K in Budapest
Stefan B in Munich

Congratulations to these guides for all the work they’ve done with ToursByLocals in the past year (and years previous!) We’re compelled to add that they represent just a small handful of the wonderful, dedicated, and deeply knowledgeable people on our site.
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