About Us

About Us

The International Guide Academy, Inc. (IGA) is approved and regulated by the Colorado Division of Private Occupational Schools, Department of Higher Education. IGA is also recognized by the World Tourism Organization (Madrid), The Green Guide Alliance, the International Association of Tour Directors & Guides, and the National Tour Association (Lexington, KY, USA). The Academy has been written about in various newspapers throughout the world, recognized on the Job Monkey and Cruise Job Finders web sites as having an excellent training and free lifetime placement assistance program and was listed by Frommers as one of the “Top 100 addresses to have in the Tourism industry.”

CEO’s Message: “Our company is committed to providing the tourism industry with the very best trained people who turn every tour into a more memorable travel experience. We have earned the reputation as the most trusted company in this field of training, certifying and placement of Tour Directors and Tour Guides.” –Frank M. Slater, CITM, CTG, Ph.D.

Daniel Slater, CITM, CTG, CTM, President of IGA and senior instructor is a graduate of both certification programs, and has been in the travel industry for over 25 years. He has worked as a motorcoach operator, motorcoach company owner, and tour company owner. His travels have taken him to 40+ USA states, Mexico, Cuba, China, Canada, Denmark, Jamaica, Colombia, Aruba, Guatemala, Belize, Europe, and numerous Caribbean islands. He has completed 10 tours in China in the last 60 months.

When asked “Where is the favorite part of the world in which you travel?”, I usually reply: “Wherever I am at that time”. I know that the world is always changing and, even when I do the same tour back-to-back, I and my passengers can see completely different things from the prior tour. My passengers see and experience different aspects of all the places visited. As for myself, I love to see my passengers enjoying themselves and I get to share their happiness while I ensure the smooth flow of the tour and provide the entertainment and education of their tour as well as all the work required behind the scenes, so to speak, to insure they have a vacation of a lifetime. That is my job and that is what is expected by the Tour Operators that hire me. It is truly the best job in the world.”

Daniel is a professional Tour Guide in Colorado and enjoys his Tour Director assignments. He sits on the Advisory Board for the International Association of Tour Directors and Guides. At the request of the Jamaican Tourism industry, he worked in Jamaica preparing lesson plans for training local Jamaican Tour Guides. He appeared on the Jamaican edition of the Early Morning Show and has been interviewed on local Colorado television. Daniel earned his CITM and CTG from the International Guide Academy, and then further earned his CTM from the International Association of Tour Managers (London) and the University of Breda, The Netherlands. He is a published author and industry consultant and is also active in teaching English to Chinese students. 2018 commitments included China, USA, and Europe. Contact is: daniel@bepaidtotravel.com

Frank Slater, Ph.D., CTG, CITM, and CTM, is CEO of IGA since 1997 and a senior instructor. He brings his years of corporate, education, and travel experience to IGA.. Frank initially earned his CITM and CTG from the International Guide Academy and then earned his CTM (Certificate in Tour Management) from the International Association of Tour Managers (London) and the University of Breda, The Netherlands. For over 15 years, Frank was a Gold Member of the International Tour Manager Association (London) and a member of the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations. He has been an International Tour Director in North America, Central and South America, Europe, Middle East (Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus, Egypt, Israel and Jordan), northern Africa, South Pacific and Asia, and has worked on cruise ships in Alaska, Hawaii, the Caribbean and Europe.

“The day after I retired from the corporate world, I was traveling in Europe. After my certification with IGA, I have been paid to work on six continents. My certification from the International Guide Academy has opened the world of travel to me. I enjoy researching new places, meeting new people and sharing my love of travel with my passengers throughout the world. Being able to train new Tour Directors and Tour Guides is rewarding.”

He has been a Tour Guide in Alaska, New York, Colorado and California. Frank has served on the Advisory Board of Travel and Tourism in Denver. He has been a Tour Director in over 25 USA states including Alaska and Hawaii and has personally traveled in 49 of the USA states. Frank’s Tour Management has also taken him to more than 20 countries in Europe. In the past few years he has worked in India, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam and China. Among the more than 90 countries visited include Mexico, Guatemala, Columbia, Peru, Venezuela and Ecuador, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Panama, Belize and Honduras. In the last 4 years Frank has led more than 35 tours in Cuba. His assignments have included motor coach tours and cruise ships. Frank received his education in both the USA and England and has lived throughout the USA, England, The Netherlands and Mexico. Frank is a published author, published photographer and paid speaker as well as a sought after industry consultant. His published book is “Cuernavaca, Mexico — Your Personal Guide”. He is working on a book of Travel Tips and Tricks and his travel commitments in 2017 were in the USA, Cuba, as well as a round-the-world tour including China, India, Nepal, Dubai, England and France. Contact is: fmslater@hotmail.com You can also follow Frank on Twitter, username “bepaidtotravel”

At IGA, all students are digitally recorded to give you the best possible opportunity at assessment and improvement.

Frank Slater, CEO

IGA President/Owner, Daniel Slater

Company Background: The International Guide Academy, Inc. of Denver, Colorado, USA is the most trusted worldwide recognized international training center specializing in training and certifying professional International Tour Directors and Tour Guides. The program was started in 1973 in Australia, and then the programs were conducted in Hong Kong and later in London. The company has been in the USA since 1988 and in 2007 expanded to holding courses in Mexico. In 2009, an International Tour Director certification program was conducted while at sea aboard the Norwegian Spirit. In 2010 the first program in Canada was held in Ottawa and our second program at sea aboard the Norwegian Dawn. Now, for 2018, IGA continues its program availability, with courses in Denver, CO; Seattle, WA; and Ft. Lauderdale, FL USA as well as aboard the Norwegian Breakaway for a 13 day Caribbean cruise and training.

The Academy instructors are all certified (CITM and/or CTG) in their respective fields and bring over 400 years of travel industry experience to the classroom. All of the instructors are International Guide Academy graduates and are currently employed as Tour Managers and/or Tour Guides, with several owning their own companies. All have international experience. Most of the instructors have a Master’s Degree or higher.

The concept of training and certification as an International Tour Manager or Tour Guide has been in place in many other parts of the world, for example: Israel, Italy, China, Costa Rica, etc. There are a few cities in the USA requiring certification/license for Tour Guides, such as: New York City, Savannah, Raleigh, New Orleans, and others.

IGA offers you the best value with the lowest tuition and housing costs, the best curriculum in the industry, and you can choose a location and timeframe that fits your schedule.

We are Approved and Regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Private Occupational School Board.

We invite comparison with any other school in the world.

Free lifetime placement assistance for all of its graduates is the policy of IGA. The tuition covers all books, materials, class training trips, digital recording of each student’s presentations, etc.

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