The State of Alaska provides training programs and business assistance to communities, businesses, agencies, and residents to help disperse economic benefits of tourism throughout the state, and retain benefits in the communities where visitation occurs.
Right: Alaska Tour Guide Training Program
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All businesses operating in the State of Alaska must obtain a business license from the Alaska Division of Corporations, Business, and Professional Licensing.
Big Game Commercial Services Permit. If you want to provide guide, outfitting or transportation services for big game, the State of Alaska requires you to obtain a professional license from the Alaska Division of Corporations, Business, and Professional Licensing. Regulated professions include master guide-outfitter, registered guide-outfitter, assistant guide, class-A assistant guide and transporter.
Sport Fishing Guides & Charter Requirements. Licensing information for both sport fish guiding businesses and individual sport fishing guides is available from the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game.
Commercial Services. All commercial recreation businesses that use state uplands, shorelands, tidelands, and fresh water bodies must register with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). For additional information, a factsheet is available or you can register online if you are involved in one of these activities. http://dnr.alaska.gov/mlw/permit_lease/
Alaska State Parks. Non-Competitive Park Use Permits for Commercial Activities are issued through the Donald E. Gilman Center in Soldotna, Alaska with the exception of Wood-Tikchik and Chugach State Parks. http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/permits/
6-Pack License (US Coast Guard) or Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel (OUPV). Do you want to offer charter fishing, whale watching, SCUBA diving, and tour cruises for six passengers or less? The US Coast Guard requires you to obtain a 6-Pack license for your un-inspected passenger vessel. This license is limited to near coastal waters only, not more than 100 miles offshore, and is not valid for international voyages. The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Developing provides a list of licensing authorities.
Overnight Accommodations. Thinking of opening a hotel, motel, RV park, campground, or other overnight accommodation? The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Food Safety & Sanitation Program has resources to get you started.
State of Alaska Bed and Breakfast requirements. The Alaska Tourism Development Office provides contacts for bed and breakfast businesses in one convenient resource.
Bed and Breakfast Hot Tubs. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Food Safety, and Sanitation Program provides information on State of Alaska requirements for Hot Tubs in Alaska’s Bed and Breakfast Establishments.
Temporary Camps. Operating a food service at a camp serving between 13 and 24 individuals each day? The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Food Safety & Sanitation Program has resources to get you started.
Thinking of opening a food establishment? The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Food Safety and Sanitation Program has resources to get you started.
DVD: Navigating Tourism Business Opportunities with the Alaska Cruise Industry (2008) (Contact Contact Us)
DVD: Operating a Bed & Breakfast in Alaska (2008) (Contact Us)
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The State of Alaska’s tourism marketing programs offer fresh ideas to attract visitors to your place of business and are open to all tourism-related Alaska businesses. We encourage you to choose among the international, domestic consumer, domestic trade, and media programs that will work best for your company.
Alaska Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailer’s Association
Alaska Campground Owner’s Association
Alaska Charter Association
Alaska Travel Industry Association
Alaska Hunter’s Association
Alaska Sportfishing Association
Alaska Wilderness, Recreation, and Tourism Association
Bed & Breakfast Association of Alaska
Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council
Mat-su Convention & Visitors Bureau
Southeast Alaska Tourism Council
Delta Junction Visitor Center
Denali Chamber of Commerce
Fairbanks Convention & Visitors Bureau
Nome Alaska Visitor’s Center
Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau
Copper Valley Chamber of Commerce
Cordova Chamber of Commerce
Homer Chamber of Commerce
Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center
Palmer Chamber of Commerce
Seldovia Chamber of Commerce
Seward Chamber of Commerce, Conference & Visitors Bureau
Soldotna Chamber of Commerce
Talkeetna Chamber of Commerce
Valdez Convention & Visitors Bureau
Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce, Convention and Visitors Bureau
Greater Whittier Chamber of Commerce
Willow Chamber of Commerce
Haines Convention & Visitors Bureau
Juneau Convention & Visitors Bureau
Ketchikan Visitors Bureau
Metlakatla Indian Community
Petersburg Alaska Chamber of Commerce
Prince of Wales Chamber of Commerce
Sitka Convention & Visitors Bureau
Skagway Convention & Visitors Bureau
Wrangell Convention & Visitor Bureau
Bethel Chamber of Commerce
Kodiak Chamber of Commerce
Unalaska/Port of Dutch Harbor Convention & Visitors Bureau
AlaskaHost is a statewide customer service training program designed for employees of the hospitality and visitor services industry.
The Alaska Native CulturalHost Seminar is a comprehensive training program designed with assistance from the Cook Inlet Tribal Council to provide a greater understanding and appreciation of Alaska Native culture for workers within Alaska’s hospitality and tourism industry.
Knowledgeable local tour guides are a great way to introduce visitors to Alaska and can add authenticity and incredible value to visitors’ experiences. The Alaska Tour Guide Training program is a training course for tour guides to increase the number of local guides working in the visitor industry, especially in rural areas of the state.
Southeast Alaska Independent Living offers training to help businesses accommodate visitors who experience a disability.
The Alaska Hotel, Cabaret, Restaurant and Retailers Association offers Training for Alcohol Professionals (TAP) and Food Safety (ServSafe) classes.
Alaska’s Institute of Technology offers training programs and courses through the the Alaska Culinary Academy and the Alaska Maritime Training Center.
The Alaska Small Business Development Center offers business development workshops.
The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development has a list of resources for charter boat operators (6-pack licenses).
The American Red Cross of Alaska offers first aid and CPR training.
JilKaat Kwaan Cultural Heritage Center, Tourism Mangement Plan and Marketing Recommendations (2009)
SeaTrails Marketing and Business Plan (2008)
Alaska Rainforest Islands Regional Branding and Marketing Plan (2006)
Copper River Country Regional Branding and Marketing Plan (2006)
Alaska Community Tourism Handbook (2001)
Rural Alaska Tourism Infrastructure Needs Assessment (1997) (Full Document)
The Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, Division of Economic Development and the U.S. Economic Development Administration provided technical assistance, training, and business mentorship to rural Alaska communities, and rural tourism businesses through the Developing Alaska Rural Tourism (DART) project.
Grants from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development provided resources to conduct the Tourism Mentorship Assistance Program that partnered successful business owners in Alaska's visitor industry with potential business owners to further development of the visitor industry in rural Alaska.
Toll Free Hotline 1-800-478-5626 within Alaska