Southeast Tourism

The tourism season is now underway with last week’s arrival of the first cruise ships to many Southeast Alaska communities. As part of a continuing series, CoastAlaska reporters focused on the different aspects of the industry starting with an overview of the upcoming season followed by a look at a new head tax on cruise ship passengers in Ketchikan, possible enviromental regulation changes for large cruise ships, and how the state’s new fast ferry is already hurting tourism in Haines and Skagway. There’s also a preview of Wrangell’s new museum and its anticipated role in local tourism development and a profile of Petersburg’s visitor industry that is catering primarily to independent travelers.

Upcoming stories in the series will include a visit to Southeast’s newest cruise ship destination near Hoonah, a preview of plans for a new large dock in Sitka, and new developments and trends in the industry. Each segment can be heard during Morning Edition at 6:49 am and 8:20 am.

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