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 International Association of Tour Managers (London), the World Tourism Organization (Madrid), The Green Guide Alliance, 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, President/Owner, has over 25 years experience in international tourism, business, and education. In addition to Tour Director, Tour Guide and motorcoach driver experience, he has owned and operated a tour company and a motorcoach company. His intimate knowledge of what makes a tour successful allows him to train graduates who are tour ready and able to handle every aspect of the job.
Frank M. Slater, Ph.D, CEO, has over 50 years experience in international tourism, corporate business and education. He has successfully trained International Tour Directors and Tour Guides worldwide, and his personal commitments and achievements have been recognized by leading authorities and companies throughout the world.
IGA CEO Frank Slater talks of his IGA training experience
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 2014, IGA continues its program availability, with courses in Denver, CO and Ft. Lauderdale, FL USA as well as aboard the Norwegian Dawn for a 15 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 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.