Travel to a Better World

Icy Strait Point, Alaska’s only wilderness port, takes home a Travel Industry Association (TIA) Odyssey Award

By: By Katie Mastro

Icy Strait Point, Alaska’s only wilderness port, won the Travel Industry Association (TIA) and National Geographic Traveler magazine’s Travel to a Better World award for sustaining an indigenous culture or community. Given in conjunction with TIA’s Odyssey Awards, the award recognizes the best in the global travel and tourism industry.

Icy Strait Point was selected for its commitment to the Tlingit Indian village of Hoonah. “We’ve maintained about 90 percent local hire and 85 percent native hire over our five-year history,” said Bob Wysocki, CEO of Icy Strait Point. “that translates into about 120 positions filled with local residents in a remote community of 850 people. We are the village’s largest employer.”

Owned by the native village corporation for Hoonah, Huna Totem Corporation, Icy Strait Point is the only privately owned cruise ship port in Southeast Alaska.