The first Greeter association was founded in 1992 in New York City by Lynn Brooks, a resident who wanted to show a different side of the 'Big Apple'.

Lynn wanted the world to know New York City as she did: a great big small town with diverse neighborhoods, mom-and-pop stores, fun places to dine, and friendly residents who go out of their way to help an out-of-towner feel welcome.

The concept was a big success,  and has spread all over the world. Greeters associations are now active in 80 cities and regions worldwide such as Paris, London, Moscow, Buenos Aires, Melbourne, Shanghai, and now Geneva. With the growth of Greeters, the Global Greeter Network was formed as a voluntary association of independent welcoming programs.