If you dream of a career in travel, you've come to the right place!


At the International Tour Management Institute (ITMI), we help people realize their travel dreams by turning their passion for travel into a fulfilling career. We train and certify people to become tour and travel professionals. We've been doing it since 1976. In fact, ITMI was the first U.S. school designed specifically to train professional tour directors and tour guides. Since its inception, ITMI has proudly graduated over 8,000 students from across the globe. We're thrilled to claim a 92% graduate job placement rate. 


All of our courses include training in socially responsible and environmentally-conscious tourism. ITMI supports Tourism Cares, a non profit organization dedicated to the preservation of landmarks and historic sites for future generations. We are also signatory to The Code, a tourism industry initiative to protect children from sex trafficking and sex tourism. And ITMI was the first school in the world to include education about human trafficking awareness in its curriculum

Many tour operators will only hire ITMI graduates because they recognize that they have received the highest quality, hands-on training in the industry.

The 15-day Tour Director Certification Course is typically held in San Francisco and consists of 40% classroom time and 60% field training. Because of the real world, hands-on training needed, this course is only available in person and in not offered online. 

ITMI also offers custom programs developed for organizations to meet specialized travel and tourism training needs within and outside the industry. Custom programs have included Motorcoach Driver Training, Chinese Tour Director Training, Socially Responsible Tourism Training, Cruise Training, and more.

Services Offered:

Tour Guide and Tour Director Training and Certification, Lifetime job placement assistance for graduates, Special training programs for tourism related businesses, Annual ITMI Symposium and Market Place open to all graduates and tour operators.


Contact Information:

Phone:   (415) 957-9489

US toll free:   (800) 442-4864

email:   travel@itmisf.com

Website:   http://www.itmitourtraining.com

Office:   14 West Pier   / Sausalito, CA 94969

ITMI is a California State Accredited Private Postsecondary Vocational School since 1976.