Passenger projections are fuzzy because cruise lines only got the regulatory green light in June.
Serenade of the Seas’ arrival coincided with a major coronavirus outbreak in Sitka, but that didn’t seem to affect the number of passengers visiting town — there simply weren’t that many of them.
Business at big Anchorage restaurants is booming, with long waitlists and noisy dining rooms filled with hungry tourists and locals. But there aren’t enough workers to keep up.
Restaurants generally operate on thin profit margins, so they’re especially sensitive to changes in their food prices.
According to state economist Neal Fried, 6.2% is the highest inflation Alaska has seen since 1990.
Haines Tourism Director Steven Auch estimates the activity is at about a quarter of a typical year.
Child care providers say hiring has never been easy in the traditionally low-wage industry, but the pandemic has made it even harder.
Reborn airline Ravn Alaska has hired several people to study daily, year-round trans-Pacific service that its chief executive said could launch as soon as next summer.
Bright orange and boxy, the new sausage-and-fries truck has a one-word name — Tammy’s.
Travel industry advocate says a shutdown would be “effectively cutting the cord of our microphone right now as we are saying to the world: ‘Go big, go Alaska.'”