Alaska Governor Sean Parnell attended the Seatrade Cruise Shipping Miami trade show and conference this week to reinforce that Alaska is open for cruise business. He was the first Alaska governor in more than a decade to attend and participate in Seatrade.
“Tourism is Alaska’s second-largest industry and the cruise sector is a very significant component,” said Susan Bell, special assistant to Governor Parnell. “The governor recognizes the significant contributions the cruise industry makes to Alaska’s economy and is committed to help reverse the decline in cruise visitors.”
Business owners who rely on tourism were supportive of Governor Parnell’s gesture.
“We welcome the governor’s participation and are pleased that the governor has responded to the concerns that have been expressed by Alaskans who own businesses dependent on a healthy cruise industry,” said Bob Berto, the president of About Alaska Alliance for Cruise Travel (Alaska ACT). “It’s been a number of years since Alaska had a major presence at Seatrade. Having the governor there just reinforces our message that Alaska is open for cruise and tourism business.”
More than 25 delegates from Alaska ACT; the cities of Anchorage, Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, Haines and Sitka; and representatives from 19 private companies were on hand to meet and greet attendees at Seatrade. Additionally, on March 17, members of the Alaska delegation took part in a special panel discussion on the way in which tax and regulation policies can impact local economies and industry. This panel discussed the impact of Alaska’s ballot initiative that significantly increased the state’s cruise industry-related taxes and environmental regulations.
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