The Founder

Kitt Garrett, Founder and CEO of Discover New York and Beyond, started the company in 1993, creating custom itineraries that allow corporate, leisure visitors and locals to go beyond the New York they already know by creating experiences that are personalized for both groups and individuals. Whether it is your first visit, or live in New York City, everyone wants access to the best in a way that is simple and easy. Kitt and her team will create the perfect experience.

A native New Yorker, with over 45 years of experience, Kitt has been selected as the Top Specialist for New York City by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine and “Specialist Desk in New York” for the Travel Advisers in Virtuoso, Andrew Harper Travel, Frosch, Signature, Travel Leaders and Altour. Kitt’s been providing Travel Agents, Meeting Planners and individuals with on-the-ground first-hand local knowledge for the best that New York has to offer, and her team manages the programs with 24/7 service from touchdown to takeoff.

Top Conde Nast in New York City

knowledge for the best that New York has to offer.

“Kitt’s Illustrated Talks” help passengers on cruise ships and corporate attendees get the most from their visit to New York City. Her illustrated talks provide a wonderful perspective on the history of New York City. From Windmills to Skyscrapers is a favorite request to visualize how New York has grown from a small Dutch trading port into a world capital city by looking at its history, neighborhoods and architecture. Her Welcome to New York orientations are perfect for new employees to learn how to navigate the city like a native.

Specialty talks include: The History of the Empire State Building, Grand Central Terminal, A Grand Design and Engineering Marvel, From Trestle to Treasure, Transforming Manhattan’s West Side and Welcome to New York’s Harbor.

Creating the perfect dining experience for corporate dinners or family celebrations is a natural for Kitt with her international travel background having lived overseas. Her mother taught cooking and wrote for Gourmet Magazine where testing recipes was a way to learn about a variety of cultures. Looking at menus from various countries, Kitt learned geography by understanding the topography of the country, what could and did grow where, what animals were raised on the land and seafood from the oceans.

Kitt has also been featured on the “Travel Channel,” “Delta Shuttle Magazine,” “Town and Country Travel” and “Elite Magazine.” She has taught cooking and designed food products for Fortune 500 companies while living in the U.S., Australia, Hong Kong and Mexico. Kitt holds Advanced Certificates from the Culinary Institute of America, The Higher Certificate from the London Wine and Spirit Trust, and a Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Tourism Management, New York University, graduating summa cum laude, Eta Sigma Delta and earned her designation as a Destination Management Certified Professional. She is a member of Meeting Professionals International, MAPTA, ADMEI, a charter member of ADMC, the Greenwich Village Society of Historic Preservation, The Historic District Council, The Beaux Arts Alliance and the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and SKAL, the Inc. Business Owners Council and the Women Presidents’ Organization, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, The Architectural League of New York, and the American Institute of Architects.

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Kitt’s goal to create extraordinary travel experiences with a twist is realized through her own curiosity to discover something new each day and working with a great team of Destination Management Travel Specialists.  Whether it is a meeting/dinner for a Board of Directors, Investor meeting, Sales/Incentive that requires all aspects of destination management that includes, but not limited to transportation, special events, spouse programs, AV Production, gift selection and meetings, every program is individually designed to meet the budget and goals of the organization.

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