Governor Sean Parnell signed a bill Thursday, June 24, lowering Alaska’s cruise ship passenger head tax. He inked the legislation in Juneau’s tourism district while surrounded by cruise officials, gift-shop owners and excursion operators.
The bill lowers the $46-per-person tax to $19.50 for most passengers. It will be in effect for next year’s cruise season.
Parnell said he introduced the legislation in hopes of getting cruise lines to sail more ships to Alaska.Related Link: See photos from the event.
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