Tourism Development and Marketing

Alaska Tour Guide Training Program

Overview

Alaska Tour Guide Training is a 2 1/2 day workshop that generates economic activity in communities by helping residents get hired as tour guides and helping guides start their own tour businesses. The curriculum explores the elements that make up a successful and compelling tour.

The training provides hands-on practice working with different learning styles of guests and meeting visitor expectations. The art of interpretation and telling a story rests at the core of this training program.

Alaska Tour Guide Training

Photo Credit: Odin Brudie

Current Alaska Tour Guide Trainers

Odin Brudie (Master Trainer)
Juneau
907-209-4344
odin@gci.net

Dave Doughty
Kayak Adventures Worldwide
Seward
907-224-3960
dave@kayakak.com

Janelle Eklund
Wrangell Institute for Science and Environment
Copper Center
907-822-3282
jeklund@cvinternet.net

Melissa Houston
UA Center for Economic Development
907-786-5423
mahouston@uaa.alaska.edu

Anthony Nakazawa
UAF Cooperative Extension
Anchorage
907-786-6323
atnakazawa@alaska.edu

Linda Nicklin (Master Trainer)
Gastineau Guiding
Juneau
907-723-3981
lindawhit@hotmail.com

Joel Probst (Master Trainer)
Northern Safety Operations
Juneau
907-523-9094
joel@northernsafetyoperations.com

Jasmin Smith
Anchorage
Owner/Small Business Development Consultant
Certified Hospitality Department Trainer
The Business Boutique
(907) 230-4968
info@aktrainingcenter.com

Dan L. Wetzel
Nature Alaska Tours
Fairbanks
907-488-3746
dwetzel@alaska.net

Trainer Materials

To access the Alaska Tour Guide Training program materials such as trainer's manual, participant workbooks and PowerPoint presentations, contact DED staff for the password and instructions. Click here to access the password protected site.

Class Schedule

If you are a trainer and are scheduling a class, please contact staff to have your class listed.

Upcoming Classes for Students

Anchorage

Jasmin Smith, Business Boutique, has the following classes scheduled for students:

  • Alaska Tour Guide Training Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Contact Jasmin Smith at (907) 230-4968 or info@aktrainingcenter.com for location and fees. Click here for a brochure.

Contact Us

Caryl McConkie
Development Specialist
907-465-5478
caryl.mcconkie@alaska.gov