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Daniel Slater biography

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 (IATDG). 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. 2020 commitments include China, USA, and Europe. Contact is: daniel@bepaidtotravel.com

Frank Slater biography

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 2017-2019 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”

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