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Alaska tourism growth expected to continue into 2019

By: Grant Robinson, KTUU January 17, 2019 ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) – Anchorage tourism leaders touted growth in visitation and visitor spending in 2018 and project 2019 to be an even more prosperous year for the industry. At the Visit Anchorage…

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2019 Junior Achievement Hall of Fame

By: Tasha Anderson, Alaska Business Monthly John Binkley has had long and varied involvement in different businesses in the Last Frontier. Of all his accomplishments, he says he’s most proud of the tug and barge business, Northwest Navigation, that he…

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Cruise industry’s victory over Juneau has implications for other port communities

By: Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau, Alaska Public Media December 28, 2018 The Alaska Tax Division estimates that cruise ship passengers visiting Alaska paid about $21.6 million in state fees this year. The state’s head tax is distributed among port…

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Queen Elizabeth to Sail in Alaska for Full Season in 2020

Cruise Industry News December 20, 2018 Cunard today announced that it will spend a full season in Alaska from June through September in 2020 on the Queen Elizabeth. Cunard is making its return to Alaska in May 2019 – and…

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Judge rules in cruise lines’ lawsuit over Juneau fees

By: Seatrade Cruise News, Anne Kalosh The cruise industry’s long-running lawsuit against the city and borough of Juneau over a $5 head tax and $3 per passenger port development fee may be drawing to a close. The case revolves around…

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Judge upholds Alaska cruise ship passenger fees, but with limits

By: Anchorage Daily News, James Brooks  JUNEAU — A U.S. District Court judge has ruled that per-passenger cruise ship fees levied by the City and Borough of Juneau are legal, but they must be spent to the benefit of the…

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Ketchikan Council members discuss cruise tax ruling

By: KRBD, Leila Kheiry A federal judge’s ruling on how Alaska communities can spend cruise passenger fees was a big topic of discussion during Thursday’s Ketchikan City Council meeting. The cruise industry in 2016 sued over the City and Borough…

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Norwegian to Build Pier at Icy Strait Point in Alaska

By: Cruise Industry News December 6, 2018 Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings today announced a partnership with the Huna Totem Corporation to develop a second cruise pier in Icy Strait Point in Alaska. The pier is scheduled to be completed for…

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CLIA Names Kelly Craighead as New President and CEO

By: Daniel McCarthy, Travelmarket Report November 28, 2018 Three months after Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced president and CEO Cindy D’Aoust would step down after two years on the job, CLIA has named a new president. Kelly Craighead, the…

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Cruise lines introduce land and sea updates for 2019

By: Renee Brincks, Travel Weekly November 26, 2018 Several major cruise companies are offering new Alaska options for 2019, introducing ships, enhancing resort properties, adding culinary venues and expanding itineraries. Princess Cruises will bring seven ships to Alaska in 2019,…

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