The purpose of this handbook is to help you think through the issues involved in starting an ecotourism business, and provide some tips for getting started. Based on the experience of others, it tells you how to:

  • Describe ecotourism and how it differs from other kinds of tourism 
  • Identify ecotourism business opportunities in your area 
  • Recognize the advantages and disadvantages you have in starting a business
  • Write a tourism business plan
  • Develop a tourism business marketing plan 
  • Identify the necessary equipment, permits, insurance and more
  • Understand how to ensure customer satisfaction
  • Know where to go for financing
  • Find assistance in developing your tourism business
Starting an Ecotourism Business in Alaska