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Our ergonomic, simple and intuitive audio guide system, for a better visitor experience. Durable for many years of use, the Orpheo Mikro LX serves fine arts museums, travelling exhibits, factories, universities and all other cultural and tourist sites around the world.

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Group Guiding System

Intended for group guided live tours, the Orpheo Tour Guide system has been specially designed to be lightweight, robust and easily configured. Wireless, suitable and adaptable to any tour: for company and factory tours, museum and exhibit tours.

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The Orpheo Touch is a multimedia guide designed for both indoor and outdoor cultural sites to enhance your visitors’ experience. This digital companion offers a beautiful image quality, a wireless charging connector and a shock-resistant case. It comes with a tour app generator, MyOrpheo Studio.

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Hybrid Guide Multimedia Guide and Tour Guide

The Orpheo Hybe is a hybrid multimedia guide with a radio guide function for live group tours. This versatile device combines two of Orpheo’s key product lines, halfway between an audio guide for self-guided tours and a tour guide for group tours.

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We have developed a real ecosystem around our audio, multimedia and tour guide devices to better guide visitors to cultural and tourist sites. Contactless audio headsets, automatic triggering and video synchronization systems, touch and audio-visual kiosks, Wi-Fi access points, connected distribution boxes, solutions for tourist vehicles… and much more.

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Bluehertz Audioguides offers several portable group audio guide systems to facilitate voice transmission and reception (whisper systems, tour guide system or audio guides for groups). The guide speaks into a transmitter equipped with a microphone, which wirelessly broadcasts their voice into the headphone receivers of each user, without creating noise or disruption to those around them.

GROUP GUIDING SYSTEMS (TOUR GUIDE SYSTEMS, WHISPER SYSTEMS)

Tour guide system SPL1360 magnetic

TOUR GUIDE SYSTEM MODEL SPL1360 MAGNETIC

Our flagship model, for all types of group guiding: city tours, museum visits, factory visits, sports lessons, conferences with simultaneous translation... its uses are multiple, and its sound quality is perfect!

Tour guide system SPL1500 (whisper system)

TOUR GUIDE SYSTEM MODEL SPL1500

A model conceived for visits in extreme industrial environments, where machines and ambient noise prevent the guide's voice from reaching the visitors' ears.

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AUDIO GUIDE AND TOUR GUIDE SYSTEM 2 IN 1 MODEL AV120 DUAL

A recent innovation from our workshops, this device allows great versatility of use: enjoy it as an audio guide to listen to recorded audio, and also as a tour guide system so that the guide can lead the group and complete the explanations.

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WHAT IS A TOUR GUIDE SYSTEM (WHISPER SYSTEM)?  A tourguide system is a device composed of a wireless transmitter with a microphone which is used by the guide or speaker and a set of wireless receivers and headphones that are worn by visitors. The wireless receivers allow them to listen to the guide's explanations continuously throughout the tour. The aim of a tourguide system is for the visitors to be able to hear the guide clearly without being close to him/her. They are highly recommended for groups bigger than 10 and essential for even larger groups. Note: Tour guide systems are an alternative solution to audio guide players which are used by those who wish to take a tour independently without the presence of a guide. Visit the audio guides page to learn more.  audioguides 

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WHY USE A TOURGUIDE SYSTEM ? Tour guide systems allow the user to easily hear the guide at a constant volume without having to worry about how far away the guide is. This ease of use during the tour improves listening attention and, as a consequence, significantly enhances the overall quality of the tour. Users who are given tour guide systems, also called whisper systems, tend to value their visit more highly.

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TECHNOLOGY ANALOG OR DIGITAL TRANSMISSION  Tour guide systems or whisper systems were analog until the early 2000s. The appearance of digital transmission in tourguide systems brought about significant improvements:  - The audio volume in the receivers increased. - The coverage range increased to become greater than 100 meters. - The background noise or crackling that was constantly present in the recipient's receiver disappeared, even when the guide isn’t speaking. - Interference or clicks reduced significantly, only appearing when the receiver is about to leave the coverage area. - The maximum number of groups that could be in an area without interference went from two to 20. - Battery consumption reduced significantly, increasing the usage time between charges. Analogue and digital transmission equipment still coexist in the market. The main advantage of an analog system is its low price point.

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TOURGUIDE SYSTEM 2.4G  In the last two years, a digital technology variant called 2.4G has entered the tour guide systems market which uses the 2.4Ghz frequency band. It’s cheaper than digital transmission because it uses the same technology as 2.4G wifi routers. However, it has the same range as 2.4G wifi devices, which is around 50 meters at best. In practice, this range is insufficient for a whisper system.

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BATTERIES Currently, only two types of batteries are used in Tour guide systems: Lithium or lithium polymer batteries. These are the best options. Primary advantages include a low weight, a small size, fast charging and a large capacity. However, its price and the need for an intelligent charging system must be considered. Nickel-metal-hydride batteries (NI-MH) are the same AA and AAA rechargeable batteries found in conventional remote controls. These were the preferred option before the arrival of lithium batteries. The biggest drawback when used in tourguide systems is their weight which is uncomfortable for the users because the tour guide device must constantly hang from their neck. Their most significant advantage is a lower cost.

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HOW TO USE A WHISPER SYSTEM The group guide or speaker must carry the transmitting equipment and microphone while each listener must carry a receiver with a headset or headphones. The devices are small in size and should be worn around the neck to ensure reliable coverage. Carrying the transmitter or receiver in a pocket is not recommended because it could reduce the range. All transmitters and receivers of a group must be tuned to the same frequency channel. Numerous frequency channels are available. GROUP SIZE There is no limit to the number of tourguide receivers in a group. For listeners to clearly hear the guide's explanations, they only need to be within the coverage area or range of the transmitter. The receivers do not interfere with one another. NUMBER OF TRANSMITTERS There can only be one transmitter at a time in each group. There may be several speakers with a transmitter in the same group, but they must coordinate among themselves so as not to have two active simultaneous transmitters in the same group. NUMBER OF GROUPS When using digital transmission equipment, there may be several groups in the same area or room (up to a maximum of 20 digital transmission groups). For this to work, each group must be on a different frequency channel. Note: If using analog transmission equipment, there can only be two groups in the same area. It is not possible to add a third analog group in the same area, even if it is in another channel. This is a limitation of the analog system.

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RANGE A quality guided tour system (Tour guide system) should allow the receivers to hear the guide comments while being at a distance of at least 100 meters. A range below 100 meters does not offer a large enough coverage area. 

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TYPES OF MICROPHONES The tour guide transmitter can use different microphones. Three types are typically used: Headset or head microphones: The microphone includes a headband to adjust onto the guide’s head. The microphone is very close to the mouth, approximately 2-3 centimeters away. The guide uses this microphone when in motion. It is also highly recommended for noisy environments. Having the microphone so close to the mouth effectively captures the voice while the ambient background noise is lower. The microphone cap, which is hidden by foam, is L-shaped and directive. The short side of the L should point towards the mouth. Neck or tie microphones: The microphone has a clip which snaps onto the neck of the shirt, not far from the throat. This microphone is used when the speaker is standing still or sitting down. It should not be used when the speaker is in motion or a noisy environment. The tie microphone will always have a volume lower than the headset. Pencil microphone: The microphone resembles a pencil. When connected to the transmitter, the set is used as a standard handheld microphone. This solution works wonderfully when several speakers are sharing the microphone because it is easy to pass between presenters.

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TYPES OF HEADPHONES Visitors can use different types of headphones with a tour guide receiver. Three types are typically used:  Monaural earset: These fit on one ear leaving the other ear free. This is the most commonly used type and is effective for guided tours in enclosed and open spaces. In urban areas with traffic, this is the only model that should be used because it does not distract the user from the environment. Its usage in noisy environments is not recommended. Headphones: These fit over the head thanks to a headband. Audio can be heard through both ears. These are only recommended in noisy environments. They should not be used in areas with traffic because they distract the user from the environment. Disposable earbuds: Only one user should use them because the button-shaped earbud is inserted deep into the auditory pavilion. They cannot be shared because they are not hygienic. The user does not have to return them upon finishing the tour.

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Comparing the 4 Best Wireless Tour Guide Systems

There are a lot of competing tour guide headsets available on the market, each claiming to be the best wireless tour guide system.

The truth is, there are several good options and no single system has a corner on the market. Chances are, each of them is the “best” at something.

When making a decision, it all comes down to pairing the right technology to the right application and goal, and we’re here to help you narrow it down. Below, we’re comparing four of the top wireless tour guide systems to help you match the product’s features to your specific needs.

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Wireless Tour Guide Equipment Considerations

Choosing the best tour guide system starts with identifying your goals and aligning a system that will help you reach them. For example…

  • Do you want to create a premium experience for high-level executives?
  • Do you need two-way communication so tour guests can interact? 
  • Want a signal to reach across a facility or event venue? 
  • Looking for noise-canceling headphones for a loud environment? 
  • What about the ability to activate a system’s “interpretation mode” for an interpreter and multilingual guests?

There are very few one-size-fits-all tour guide systems, and some may carry features that you simply don’t need. It’s important to note, however, that there are important considerations in addition to the equipment, so be sure to read to the end of the article to ensure you’re weighing the right aspects.

That said, we’re highlighting our top picks based on their functionalities below, plus we’ll provide a side-by-side tour guide system comparison chart for an easy visual.

If you’re looking for top sound quality combined with versatility, we often recommend the ListenTALK tour guide system by Listen Technologies. It practically does it all, from guided facility tours and silent sessions , to team training and trade shows. Opt for one-way or two-way communication with up to 10 different presenters, and accommodate language interpreters and international guests with its built-in interpretation mode. It’s ideal for complex events that require a flexible system, and its noise-canceling headset options are ideal for loud environments. You can rent, purchase or demo the system .

The Williams AV Digi-Wave two-way tour guide system offers many of the same capabilities as ListenTalk, but with added industrial-strength durability. It’s often a go-to solution for government agencies. If you conduct tours in high-noise industrial environments that require NRR safety-rated headphones , the Williams AV-Digi-Wave is a serious contender. Available for purchase or demo.

The TourGuide Solutions TGS-900 is ideal for tours requiring one-way communication. Examples include brewery tours, walking tours, Segway tours, cruise ship tours, historic tours, zoos, museums or any guided audio tour. You can opt for handheld or hands-free microphones depending on your situation. The TGS-900 is one of the easiest systems to use and is ultra-lightweight and budget-friendly. Available for demo, rental or purchase .

Sennheiser is a recognized brand and offers another one-way communication system option — the Sennheiser 2020 . As far as functionality is concerned, it’s similar to the TGS-900, with the added feature of a lower-profile design that looks professional and polished. Guests listen via a hands-free bodypack or stethophone receiver with earphones. Available for rental, purchase or demo. 

Check out our side-by-side comparison below highlighting additional features you may want to consider.

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The Most Important Tour Guide System Consideration

Perhaps you already know which tour guide system will fit your needs, but there’s something more. With so many variables, it’s critical to compare the service and consultation you receive from a tour guide equipment provider as much or more as the system itself . It’s important to know you have a dedicated consultant who can help you and be there for you before, during and after your tour event, whether over the phone, via video conference or in-person.

For high-stakes events, we can even dispatch an on-site team to handle every aspect of the audio communications equipment, from setting it up and cleaning in between uses, to working with your A/V team and assisting guests. We’ll even pack it all up and ship it back so you don’t have to worry about anything other than attending to your guests.

At Implecho, our helpful guidance ensures you get a just-right system. We won’t “over-sell” you on something you don’t need, and we’ll ask all the right questions so you feel confident you’ve made the right choice. 

Another way we assist is by providing you with helpful resources. Be sure to check out our Ultimate Event Planning Guide below. It goes more in-depth and includes additional ideas and information on creating a great tour experience.

Just want to dive in? Contact the audio communication professionals at Implecho today. We’re happy to help.

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Vox Cleartone radios are an affordable and reliable choice for group guiding and any type of presentation that involves a group of listeners. In recent years these units have proven to be a solid tool for tour operators, museums, factories, universities and convention planners. Originally designed with tour groups in mind, they have been used for anything from a silent disco on a 737 airliner to outdoor gatherings and events with hundreds of attendees.

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Specifications of Wireless Audio Tour Guide System: It is a better way to provide tours for your tour groups. Wireless audio tour guide system is an easy-to-use wireless communication system designed specifically for tour groups, factory tours, outdoor excursions, employee training, language interpretation, conferences and trade shows.

Technical Specification of Wireless Audio Tour Guide System: Integrated rechargeable Lithium battery, only 4 hours charging time. Easy to use battery charger LCD display for battery power, channel, volume, very easy to operate. UHF for international free frequency license. 100-150 meters range from the transmitter to receivers. 100 independent channels to choose, up to more than 100 groups work simultaneously at the same location. Lanyard provided for easy carrying. Slim design and nice looking. Very small size

Applications of Wireless Audio Tour Guide System: Travel & Tourism: Tourism, museums, galleries, business and tour guides to explain the convention; VIP reception: The promotion of company's products, high-level exhibition, the Government, the reception of VIPs visited the factory, industrial tourism; Teaching training: Schools, training institutes, conference rooms, auditorium, classroom lectures, seminars and other learning activities, special job training.

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5 Best Wireless Audio Tour Guide Systems for 2023

In the fast-paced world of tourism and cultural exploration, audio tour guide systems have become indispensable tools for delivering a rich and immersive experience to visitors. With the advancements in wireless technology, these systems have evolved to provide better sound quality, improved range, and increased versatility.

As we step into 2023, let’s explore the top 5 wireless audio tour guide systems that are revolutionizing guided tours across the globe.

1. Retekess T130 99 Channel Tour Guide System Wireless

Retekess ‘s wireless audio tour guide system stands out with its exceptional audio quality and T130 99 Channel Tour, a sleek and modern device that combines functionality with convenience. With its low power consumption LCD display and PLL Technology for stable signal transmission, this compact device ensures high performance and safety in any environment. Its long-lasting 600mAh battery can provide up to 18 hours of usage after a full recharge, making it ideal for travel.

With a transmission range of 196ft, the T130 allows for seamless communication between one transmitter and multiple receivers. The package includes 1 transmitter and 10 receivers, allowing up to 99 groups to operate simultaneously in a single location.

Connect the transmitter to a laptop, phone, or MP3 player using the mic input port and enjoy clear and consistent wireless audio transmission. The device also includes an earpiece for personal listening and a lanyard for added convenience and safety.

2. 7 Person Tourguide System, made by Williams Sound

The 7 Person Tourguide System by Williams Sound is a reliable and user-friendly audio tour guide system designed for small to medium-sized groups. This system excels in delivering high-quality audio and offers a range of features to enhance the overall tour experience.

One of the standout features of the 7 Person Tourguide System is its impressive audio quality. With advanced digital signal processing technology, it ensures clear and intelligible sound reproduction. Visitors can enjoy crisp narrations, immersive background music, and accurate translations, enabling them to fully engage with the tour content.

In terms of range and coverage, this system performs admirably. Its wireless transmission range is robust, providing reliable and consistent audio coverage even in large venues or outdoor environments. Visitors can move freely within the designated range without experiencing signal dropouts or interference, ensuring an uninterrupted tour experience.

Usability is another strong point of the 7 Person Tourguide System. It has been designed with simplicity in mind, making it easy for both guides and visitors to operate. The intuitive interface and straightforward controls enable tour guides to manage the system effortlessly, while visitors can quickly familiarize themselves with the device, enhancing their overall user experience.

3. Anleon 902mhz-927mhz Tour Guide Wireless

Anleon 902MHz-927MHz portable system, a user-friendly device that delivers professional audio solutions for a wide range of applications. Whether it’s visitor guidance, conferences, or assistive listening, this product is designed to meet your audio needs. The package includes one transmitter and five receivers for seamless communication.

With its low power consumption, this device offers over 24 hours of playtime, ensuring long-lasting performance. Operating in the 902-927 MHz ISM band, no user licensing is required, providing added convenience. Please note that this system does not offer automatic audio translation, so a human language interpreter may be necessary for translation purposes.

Using the radio microphone transmitter, presenters can easily transmit audio messages to the audience, who can then listen through the lightweight receivers. The system supports multiple receivers within an operating range of 100m, thanks to the PLL frequency synthesis technique, which ensures uninterrupted signal transmission.

The UHF frequency range offers six selectable channels, and the LCD screen on both the transmitter and receivers provides information on frequency, channel, battery status, and level. For added convenience, earphones are also included.

4. EXMAX ATG-100T 195-230MHz Wireless

EXMAX ATG-100T Tour Guide is a lightweight and portable device that offers exceptional functionality. With a signal transmission range of 50-60m and 99 frequency channels spanning 164-197ft, this system allows up to 40 groups to operate simultaneously using the 99 select IDs.

Simply speak into the microphone at the transmission end, and the receiver can hear the voice clearly through the earphones. Multiple receivers can be connected to a single transmitter using the same frequency, providing flexibility and convenience. The system includes 2 transmitters and 30 receivers, ensuring seamless communication.

Designed to prevent automatic interference from different frequencies, this system guarantees crystal-clear transmission of information. The battery provides approximately 18 hours of usage, and the aluminum charge case not only offers protection against fire but also ensures the device’s durability.

Both guides and groups can benefit greatly from this product. The included lanyard allows for easy carrying around the neck, minimizing the risk of losing it. The ear hook microphone ensures complete sanitation as it can be clipped on, providing a hands-free operation without the need to put it in your ears. This enables a clear and proper presentation of information.

5. EXMAX 60-108MHz Portable DSP Stereo Wireless

EXMAX 60-108MHz tour guide system is a compact device that offers both Stereo and Mono audio output. With stable digital signal transmission and exceptional audio clarity, this portable device provides an excellent listening experience. The large LCD screen ensures easy operation and convenience.

Adjust the AUX line-in and microphone loudness according to your needs to create an optimal listening environment. The device includes an earphone and maintains a professional standard with noise levels below 60 dB. Its frequency adjustment range of 60dB to 108 dB allows transmission across the complete FM band.

Pair the device with multiple receivers when multiple tour guides are present in the same area. In open areas without obstacles, the signal can be transmitted up to 80m, ensuring coverage over a significant distance.

This versatile system allows you to transmit music from electronic devices such as phones, computers, CD players, or MP3 players. It’s also suitable for voice broadcasting in various scenarios, including training sessions, teaching environments, speeches, and travel.

Operating on digital signal processing technology, this device utilizes wireless radio at an FM frequency range of 60-108MHz (it does not support AM). 

What to Consider When Choosing Wireless Audio Tour Guide Systems

When it comes to selecting the best wireless audio tour guide system for your specific needs, it’s important to consider several key factors. By evaluating these aspects, you can make an informed decision and ensure a seamless and immersive tour experience for your visitors. 

Sound Quality

One of the primary factors to assess is the sound quality offered by the audio tour guide system. Look for systems that provide clear and crisp audio reproduction, allowing visitors to hear every detail and narration without any distortion. 

Opt for systems equipped with advanced digital signal processing technology, as they can enhance the audio quality and provide an immersive experience.

Range & Coverage

Consider the range and coverage capabilities of the wireless audio tour guide system. A system with a broad coverage range ensures that visitors receive uninterrupted audio signals, even in large venues or outdoor settings. 

Look for systems that utilize robust wireless technologies to minimize the risk of signal loss or interference, providing consistent audio quality throughout the tour.

Connectivity Options

Evaluate the connectivity options offered by the audio tour guide system. Modern systems often provide multiple connectivity choices, such as Bluetooth, NFC, or Wi-Fi. These options allow visitors to connect their own devices, such as smartphones or tablets, for a more personalized experience. 

The ability to support various connection methods ensures flexibility and compatibility with different devices.

Battery Life and Charging Options

Consider the battery life of the wireless audio tour guide system, especially if you anticipate longer tours or multiple tours in a day. Look for systems with long-lasting batteries that can endure the entire duration of the tour without interruption. 

Explore the charging options available. Some systems may offer convenient charging stations or quick charging features, ensuring minimal downtime between tours.

Ease of Use

Choose an audio tour guide system that is user-friendly for both the tour guides and the visitors. The system should have an intuitive interface, making it easy for tour guides to operate and manage the devices. Visitors should also find it straightforward to use, with clear instructions and simple controls. 

Consider systems with features like automatic channel scanning or preset configurations, which simplify the setup process and enhance the overall user experience.

Scalability and Versatility

If your tours cater to varying group sizes or multilingual audiences, look for a wireless audio tour guide system that offers scalability and versatility. Systems that support real-time translations or multiple audio channels can accommodate diverse language requirements, ensuring a smooth and inclusive tour experience for all visitors. 

Consider systems that can integrate with additional accessories like neck loops or headsets , providing comfort and customization options.

Durability & Reliability

For tours that involve outdoor or rugged environments, prioritize systems that are durable and reliable. Look for devices that are built with sturdy materials and are resistant to impact, dust, and moisture. 

A reliable anti-interference mechanism is also crucial for stable and uninterrupted audio transmission, even in areas with heavy Wi-Fi traffic or other wireless devices.

Additional Features

Explore any additional features or technologies that the wireless audio tour guide system may offer. For example, augmented reality (AR) capabilities can provide a unique and interactive tour experience by overlaying virtual information onto real-world surroundings. 

These features can enhance visitor engagement and make the tour more memorable.

Final Thoughts

As the tourism industry continues to grow and evolve, wireless audio tour guide systems play a crucial role in enhancing visitor experiences. 

When choosing the right audio tour guide system , tour operators and cultural institutions should consider factors such as sound quality, range, connectivity options, scalability, durability, and additional features. 

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May 10, 2024 1:10 PM

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LISTEN: The measure is meant to eliminate what councilmembers consider noise pollution from trolley amplification systems. GPB's Benjamin Payne reports.

A trolley tour bus passes by Madison Square in downtown Savannah.

A trolley tour bus passes by Madison Square in downtown Savannah. Credit: Benjamin Payne / GPB News

Trolley tour buses and other open-air shuttle vehicles in Savannah will soon need to be equipped with “amplified sound control devices,” under an ordinance passed unanimously Thursday by Savannah City Council.

A staple of the city's tourist-heavy Downtown Historic District, trolley tours have in recent months drawn the ire of some local residents who — through the Downtown Neighborhood Association — urged the city to eliminate what Savannah Mayor Van Johnson called “unreasonably intrusive levels of sound” from the vehicles' amplification systems.

The ordinance spells out two options that tour companies can take in order to achieve compliance.

One is through the installation of directional speaker systems which prevent tour guides' amplified narration from being “plainly audible” from a distance of 15 feet or more outside the vehicle.

Alternatively, tour guides can speak to their passengers through in-ear listening devices, such as headphones or earbuds.

“A hallmark of this administration was to discuss and ensure livability, and make sure we continuously calibrate…commercial and tour uses in our city,” Johnson said ahead of the vote, referring to efforts begun during his recently completed first term in office.

“The lowest-hanging fruit — and the furthest we were along — was dealing with tour service vehicles,” he continued, adding that city staff, in drafting the ordinance, had received input from tour companies and downtown residents.

By May 2025, the three trolley tour companies which currently operate in Savannah will need to have achieved compliance among 35% of their fleets. After another 12 months, 75% of their fleets must be in compliance, before reaching total compliance in May 2027.

This phase-in period does not apply to trolley and open-air shuttle tour companies which enter the Savannah market in the future; rather, the ordinance mandates that new operators be fully compliant before they can begin giving tours.

Before councilmembers approved the ordinance, Johnson proposed adding two provisions, both of which were adopted by City Council.

One requires vehicles to display stickers indicating their compliance; the second creates a publicly accessible log, through which citizens could track each company's compliance over the three-year phase-in.

“I think that's important, to make sure that we keep everybody's word when it comes to this,” Johnson said, referring to tour companies. “I know we're all kumbaya now. We just want to make sure that in 36 months, we're kumbaya.”

Downtown Neighborhood Association president David McDonald voiced his support for the ordinance ahead of councilmembers' vote, saying that the organization and local residents “have been working with the industry and the city for the last couple of weeks on this ordinance, and we truly believe it'll benefit us and reduce the noise that we have.”

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Benjamin is the Savannah-based reporter for GPB, where he covers Coastal Georgia.

Prior to coming to Savannah, he freelanced in Bellingham, Washington, for public media outlets including NPR, Marketplace , and PRX. Previously, Benjamin hosted Morning Edition for WVIK, his hometown NPR member station in Rock Island, Ill. Before that, he served a news internship with NPR member station WBEZ in Chicago.

Benjamin is a graduate of the University of Nevada-Reno's journalism master's program, and earned his undergraduate degree in journalism from Augustana College in Rock Island.

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