The Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, Division of Economic Development and the U.S. Economic Development Administration have been providing technical assistance, training, and business mentorship to rural Alaska communities, and rural tourism businesses through the Developing Alaska Rural Tourism (DART) project.
D.A.R.T. is an 18-month program (which began last fall) aimed at improving the tourism
industry of rural Alaska.
The D.A.R.T. program has been working on many projects relating to technical assistance and training.
These projects include:
We have paired 9 new rural tourism businesses with experienced business mentors who will help them with their business and marketing plans, and their websites. The current mentorship program runs for approximately one year and began with an orientation (face-to-face) meeting in Anchorage January 19 and 20, 2009.
Our 2009 TMAP Participants include: aYukon River wilderness lodge near Ruby, a polar bear tour business in Kaktovik, a tour guide in Gambell, a fishing and tour guide in Perryville, a rafting tour on the Yukon river, a B&B in Solomon, culture camps in Bethel and on the Kuskokwim Delta, a B&B in Copper Center, and a wilderness lodge on Admiralty Island.
Toll Free Hotline 1-800-478-5626 within Alaska