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This issue’s cover story, “Get More Out of Glacier Bay” (page 16), features arguably the most popular tourist attraction in one of the hottest destinations. Glacier Bay consistently records visitor satisfaction survey numbers in the 90s and by all reports Alaska as a whole has had a boom year. So to say


This issue’s cover story, “Get More Out of Glacier Bay” (page 16), features arguably the most popular tourist attraction in one of the hottest destinations. Glacier Bay consistently records visitor satisfaction survey numbers in the 90s and by all reports Alaska as a whole has had a boom year. So to say that Glacier Bay is a crucial attraction for agents is probably an understatement.

Getting a fresh take on one of the greatest attractions in the Great Land is a challenge for any publication. Geographically, as well as culturally, Alaska is a place unto itself, and it takes a true expert to go beyond the ordinary and uncover new opportunities for agents. Fortunately TravelAge West has a secret weapon: Writer Christopher Batin, a 30-year resident of Alaska and the author and photographer of this issue’s cover, serves as the magazine’s Contributing Alaska Editor.

Besides being an expert backcountry guide and fisherman, Batin is an award-winning and widely published writer. (In fact, he was recently awarded a prestigious Excellence in Craft award from the Outdoor Writers Association of America for his story “Alaska by RV: The unexplored Country” published in TravelAge West in October 2004.) Batin serves as our readers’ expert guide in a vital market for agents particularly Western agents.

While I’m on the subject of the magazine’s staff, I would also like to welcome a new name to our masthead: Tara Cole, our Art Director. Cole comes to us from Architectural Digest, and we are all looking forward to her professionalism and strong design skills. Cole is no stranger to travel either. While her dream trip is to Africa, she studied design in Florence, Italy, and she will be traveling to India this Christmas.

As always, we welcome our readers’ comments and suggestions for Cole, Batin or any of our staff, as we continue to strive to bring you the best publication possible. K.S.

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