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Opinion: Are Juneau city officials misleading the public about the cruise industry lawsuit?

By: Win Gruening, Juneau Empire January 25, 2019 It can be a fine line between “spin” and misleading the public. There was a great deal of speculation about how City and Borough of Juneau officials would react to U.S. District…

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Huge leap for Alaska cruise traffic expected in 2019

By: Elizabeth Earl, Alaska Journal of Commerce January 22, 2019 HOMER — More tourists are projected to arrive in Alaska by sea in 2019. A lot more. Cruise ship tourism is estimated to increase by about 16 percent in 2019…

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As cruise ship lawsuit comes to an end, what’s next?

By: Juneau Empire, Alex McCarthy City might continue to spend head taxes in similar way as before The city’s lawsuit with the cruise industry came to an end this week, and City and Borough of Juneau officials are pleased with the…

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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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