Alaska at a glance


Alaska is the real deal
Some 57 percent of the nearly 2 million out-of-state visitors in the summer of 2017 came to Alaska via a cruise ship. Direct visitor spending totals nearly $2.2 billion annually, excluding fares paid to travel (air, cruises, etc.). This spending figure increases to $3.7 billion when labor income from visitor industry jobs is factored in and a total economic output of $4.5 billion in 2017.

Economic Output

Economic output


Economic impact of Alaska’s
Visitor Industry

October 2016 – September 2017

Peak Season Jobs 43,300
Taxes and Revenues $214M
Visitor spending $2.2B
Economic Impact $4.5B
Labor Income $1.5B
Total Visitors 2.25M

Sources: McDowell Group: “The role of visitors in Alaska’s economy.”

2019 Alaska ship visits

Port Cruise Visits
Anchorage 10
Dutch Harbor 19
Glacier Bay 247
Haines 60
Homer 14
Icy Strait 132
Juneau 584
Ketchikan 442
Kodiak 32
Nome 10
Petersburg 60
Seward 89
Sitka 201
Skagway 420
Utqiagvik 2
Whittier 37
Wrangell 36


Visitor Industry Impacts Overview