From the whole ATIA Team, we wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday season and bright New Year to come! ..
House Bill 383 has been introduced in the Alaska Legislature! The bill, An Act establishing the Travel Alaska Board; relating to a tourism marketing assessment; and establishing a tourism marketing fund, creates the legislative framework for an Alaska Tourism Improvement District. HB 383 is a companion bill to Senate Bill 110, introduced with the support from Senator Costello last April through the Labor and Commerce Committee. The bill was developed, with the input of industry, in response to the Legislature’s 2017 mandate that “the tourism marketing board develop a plan to phase out reliance on unrestricted general funds for marketing, moving towards a self-sustaining program funded by industry.” Once the legi..
Did you see ATIA on 360North? ATIA gave a lunch & learn presentation at the state capitol on February 6, 2018. The standing-room-only crowd heard about the status of tourism in Alaska and how other states and communities are using Tourism Improvement Districts to support destination marketing. Check out the video here (http://www.360north.org/gavel/video/?clientID=2147483647&eventID=2018021072)!..
Travel expert and television host Samantha Brown was born in Dallas, Texas and spent her formative years growing up in New Hampshire. After falling in love with the performing arts, Samantha graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in fine Arts from Syracuse University. The week after graduation Samantha moved to New York City to pursue her dream of being on the stage. Not surprisingly this led to 8 years of waiting tables, auditioning and various roles in off- to off- off- off- Broadway productions. In 1999 a producer spotted her work in a commercial and recommended her to the Travel Channel to audition for a new show being developed called “Great Vacation Homes”. After the success of that show she went on to hos..
Greetings Alaska Travel Industry Association members, partners and friends, What a year it has been. Alaska’s tourism industry saw both highs and lows throughout 2016. ATIA, the state’s leading membership organization for the travel industry in Alaska, saw our membership reach over 700, as we shared our voice on issues ranging from Arctic tourism to destination marketing. We saw successes in transferring the management of Alaska’s tourism marketing program back to industry, in celebrating a record number of cruise ship visitors and in hosting our annual industry convention with over 640 delegates. In the same year, we also experienced a dramatic cut to tourism marketing funding as the State of Ala..