About

As we say in Scandinavia; Hej!

About
me

Maria

I was born in Denmark in 1985, and traveled a lot around Europe growing up. But it wasn’t until September 26, 2006 that I boarded a plane and traveled to the USA for the first time. My visit to New York was life-changing – I knew that one day I would make it my home! It took 13 trips, an internship in 2010, and a two-year education in tourism and hospitality in Denmark before I finally moved to Queens, NY in July 2011.

I came as an International Student (F-1 visa) and I studied at the City University of New York – New York College of Technology (CUNY City Tech), earned a Bachelor in Hospitality Management and Tourism Entrepreneurship (as a part of the CUNY BA program), and graduated magna cum laude in 2015.

During my years as a tourist and as a student, I developed a website/blog with tips and tricks for Danish tourists coming to NYC. Eventually it grew into the business ‘Turist i New York’ (‘NYC & Tours’ for the English version).

In May 2018, I decided to make a big move cross-country to another major tourism destination in the USA: Las Vegas. It wasn’t necessarily an easy decision but I still believe it was a smart one!

About the website

[The] Danish Tour Guide | USA is an expansion and a combination of my Online Concierge Platform & Sightseeing company (‘Turist i New York’) that I began in 2010 i New York, and the English version (‘NYC & Tours’) that I started building in 2015 while a part of the CUNY Entrepreneurship Incubator. Lastly, my travel blog from over the years (‘Newyawkerr on tour’) has been added to the mix.

The reason behind the name, Danish Tour Guide, is because that’s what people refer me to. I thought it would make sense because anywhere I go I’m a tour guide even when I’m traveling privately, I see the destination through a tour guide’s eyes. I’m also a licensed tour guide in Washington D.C. and who knows where life will take me so here you have it: danishtourguide.com – a combination of my profession and my passion.

The website is not going to be in Danish. – So why even use the word ‘Danish?’ Not only does it hopefully intrigue you to to find out more about it – it also stands for the level of quality, integrity, and ‘hygge’ you experience whether it be by sightseeing, by travel services, or even just by following along on social media and the articles you’ll find on the website – eventually.

So welcome to [the] Danish Tour Guide – a platform for online concierge services, sightseeing, travel articles, and inspiration from the United States of America.

What to expect

tour group in NYC

You’ll find a focus on NYC and Las Vegas on the website and on our social media accounts. If you’re Danish and if you’re looking for the Danish website about New York, then go here: www.turistinewyork.dk

As I translate my many pages of information about NYC from Danish to English these will be uploaded to this site. I will develop written ‘Guides’ and ‘How-Tos’ here as well.

My goal is to provide you with travel inspiration, an online concierge platform where you can rely on the advice you get and where the services we sell are based on personal experience and recommendation and not just automatic ‘like the rest of them’!

Sightseeing is undoubtedly also a huge part of the business. Whether or not you want a guide speaking Danish, English, or a different language I can make sure it happens – I only work with the best from our industry so if I get you a guide; you’ll like the guide!

Feel free to contact me, and bear with me while I slowly build this website and get used to our new home here in Nevada!

Maria-Leena Kerr
– the danish tour guide | USA