How it all started…

The origin of Tourism Group International reads like a children’s book. For ages, the city of Amsterdam has been known for its entrepreneurial spirit and hard work. This mentality fits Erik de Visser, founder of our company, like a glove.

Erik started working in tourism as a 13-year-old boy in the centre of Amsterdam. Taking pictures of tourists on his parents’ canal cruise and selling tickets at the dock. In 1983, the company Tours & Tickets was established. With his can-do mentality, he grew the business from a small local start-up to a leader in Urban Tourism in the Netherlands.

In 2012 he joined forces with entrepreneur Henk Philip to create Tourism Group International. Together they built a strong organisation that includes ticketing, nautical, attraction, museum, excursion and hospitality activities. With omni-channel consumer touchpoints and well-rated brand experiences.

Tourism Group International today

With over 1.100 passionate employees we strive to be a local friend to explorers from all over the world. Guiding the way, giving local advice and offering a helping hand by putting together the ultimate city trip. With everlasting memories to take home as a souvenir.

With omni-channel consumer touchpoints and well-rated brand experiences, we now sell over 4,5 million tickets on a yearly basis through our ticket offices, online channels, attraction box offices, PDA’s (handheld sales), shop-in-shops and partner platforms.

Learn more about our current senior management team here.