New Orleans Assoc. of Tour Guides & Cos.
Educating the Public and Preserving Rights
Our association has united the industry to protect us from arbitrary legislation and the unlawful threats confronting us today, to educate our members and the public, to protect the public's right to free and reasonable access to all New Orleans' historic public spaces, and to help preserve those spaces for the future.
One current threat to our industry is the City of New Orleans' recent announcement of intent to drastically and arbitrarily cut tour sizes in the city and in cemeteries. These changes would cut tour guide income and greatly increase the number of tour groups in the city and in cemeteries...and give the city an excuse to further limit access to cemeteries.
Another current threat to our industry is restriction of access to public spaces. All municipal, religious, and fraternal cemeteries in Louisiana are, by law extending back over 200 years, dedicated to the general public. The owner of land dedicated as a public cemetery does not have the right to charge a fee for access. We recognize that tourism creates additional costs, and we can easily and legally help cover those costs. However, we will also make sure the money is spent properly.
Join us as either a Member or Friend. Membership is free and open to all New Orleans licensed tour guides and companies, except for New Orleans Catholic Cemeteries and Cemetery Tours NOLA LLC due to their current litigation with ACTGC.ORG.
Your membership and friendship will help us to preserve each licensed tour guide's right to give tours at a reasonable group size and the general public's right to free and reasonable access to all Louisiana public cemeteries. All municipal, fraternal, and religious cemeteries are public cemeteries under Louisiana law..
Our current problems are simply a consequence of us not having already set up a way to contribute financially to the community from which we earn our living. So one of our long-term goals is to collect a small amount from each tour guest to be used to cover the costs related to tourism as well as the maintenance, preservation, restoration, and security of these cultural treasures we visit for future generations. We will write the check and our records will be open to the public so you know the money is used properly.
Our current, interim manager is Mr. Luke Siddall. He is not compensated for his time or costs by the association. Once the current litigation is finalized, Mr. Siddall will arrange for a member vote to appoint a manager and six board members: three guides from companies with ten or less guides and three from companies with more than 10 guides. The association's operating agreement shall ensure strict ethical and financial standards and that we remain focused on the benefit of the industry and public without favoritism.