Sid Wilson’s 2013 induction into the Denver Colorado Travel Industry Hall of Fame affirms his position as a leader in the tourism industry in the South West. The owner/operator of A Private Guide, Inc., providing group tour and event transportation products and services has invested more than 20 years servicing the vast corporate, convention, reunion and meeting trade in Denver and Colorado. He has creatively expanded his business to serve the African American sector by creating heritage tours highlighting the contributions of their forbears in the exploration and development of the American West as explorers, fur traders, miners, cowboys, and in the military.
Wilson’s love for travel and the great outdoors date back to his youth. He fondly remembers navigating Brooklyn’s tidal creeks, causeways, salt marshes, jetties, and isolated beaches with his dad in their 16-foot aluminum skiff in search of the best fishing holes. Moving to Denver, he embraced Colorado’s Western heritage and culture and took advantage of the opportunities afforded by the state’s dynamic tourism industry.
Mr. Wilson leverages his relationships with his hospitality industry suppliers to assist in developing and providing materials for the tour guides he trains and employs. He collaborates with entities such as the Black American West Museum; Visit Denver; the Colorado Historical Society; Colorado State Parks; the National Park Service, and the International Guide Academy.
Educating the public on the role of people of color in Colorado’s history is very important to Mr. Wilson. Focusing on African American family reunions, meetings, youth programs, and conventions, he has developed very successful Heritage Tour itineraries highlighting the contributions of Colorado’s pioneering African Americans in exploration, the fur trade, mining, ranching, and the military, while providing outdoor recreation options for the more adventurous. He specializes in the flexibility to go the extra mile to accommodate those few clients in a group who may want to do something off beat such as visiting “Scotty with the Hot Sauce.” Providing that special personal touch makes his tour products and service a unique experience.
Sid Wilson and A Private Guide, Inc. will help you highlight the desirability of your destination to multiple markets, and bring interested patrons to you.