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Daniel Slater biography

Daniel Slater, CITM, CTG, CTM, President/Owner and senior instructor is a graduate of both certification programs, and has been in the travel industry for 20 years. He has worked as a motorcoach operator, motorcoach company owner, and tour company owner. His travels have taken him to 30+ USA states, Mexico, Canada, Denmark, Jamaica, Aruba, Guatemala, Belize and numerous Caribbean islands. He has completed 4 tours in China in the last 36 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 insure 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 Management assignments. 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 and is a published author and industry consultant. He sits on the Advisory Board of the International Association of Tour Directors and Guides and he is also responsible for updating the IGA website. Contact is: daniel@bepaidtotravel.com You can also follow Daniel on Twitter, username “guideacademy”.

Frank Slater biography

Frank Slater, Ph.D., CTG, CITM, and CTM, is CEO of IGA since 1997 and a senior instructor. He brings 50 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 ten years, Frank has been 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 Manager 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 of the seven 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 Managers and Tour Guides is a great pleasure for me.”

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 Manager in over 20 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 New Zealand, England, Portugal, Spain, Gibraltar, Monaco, France, and Italy. In the past few years he has worked in India, Nepal, Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Venezuela and Ecuador, Jamaica, Belize and Honduras. His assignments have included motorcoach 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. In 2010/2011, he had commitments in the USA and Canada as well as with the cruise line industry. His latest book “Cuernavaca, Mexico — Your Personal Guide” was published in May 2009. He is currently working on a new book of Travel Tips and Tricks scheduled for publication in mid-2012 and travel commitments for 2012 in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America. Contact is: frank@bepaidtotravel.com

You can also follow Frank on Twitter, username “bepaidtotravel”

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