Our voice has been heard! More than 100,000 comments were submitted to the National Park Service in response to its October 2017 proposal to increase fees at 17 national parks to address its deferred maintenance backlog. While ATIA supports the NPS's efforts to improve the visitor experience and address deferred maintenance, we expressed concern with the implementation schedule's impacts to tourism businesses, potential visitor impacts, and the need for sustainable funding for park infrastructure generally. Today, the NPS announced that it will modestly increase entrance fees at 117 parks that currently have a fee structure. Funds raised will be used to address $11.6 billion in deferred maintenance across th..
Travel is an essential economic contributor, providing jobs for millions of Americans. 2016 offers promising opportunities to strengthen the industry and advance priorities, though the community must stay united to face challenges. In the above video, U.S. Travel President and CEO Roger Dow offers insight into the current climate and future outlook of the travel industry...
The Project: Time Off Coalition is a broad-based group of organizations focused on changing America’s thinking and behavior about vacation time. Visit Project: Time Off (https://www.projecttimeoff.com/research/under-vacationed-america-analysis-states-and-cities-need-take-day?utm_source=MagnetMail&utm_medium=Emailfirstname.lastname@example.org&utm_content=12%2E19%2E17%20NPVD%20%233%20-%20Customize%20Story&utm_campaign=How%20to%20Pitch%20%23PlanForVacation%20Day) to read more on this disturbing study!..
When there is strong reinvestment in tourism marketing, then tourism works for Alaska, resulting in: • Nearly 2 Million Visitors coming to Alaska, spending money on tours as well as public land permits, campgrounds, hotel stays, rental cars, food, laundry services, airline tickets, gifts, equipment and more. • Over $100 Million in State Revenues & $78 Million in Municipal Revenues generated by Alaska’s visitor industry through a variety of taxes and other fees, helping to fund services benefitting residents and communities. • 1 in 11 Jobs within the visitor industry, creating an important part of Alaska’s employment picture. • $1.8 Billion In-State Visitor Spend..
Do you know any Alaska students interested in pursuing education related to the tourism industry? Please encourage them to apply for one of our scholarship opportunities through the ATIA Foundation. The ATIA Foundation scholarship deadline is January 31, 2016. “ATIA members are dedicated to encouraging local hire within Alaska’s growing visitor industry and in strengthening our industry. This requires an ongoing commitment to an educated and trained workforce. ATIA Foundation scholarships are one way we are able to show our support for the educational goals of Alaskans interested in working and pursuing careers in our industry,” said Sarah Leonard, President and CEO of ATIA and an ATIA Fou..
Applications for the 2017 ATIA Foundation Scholarships are now available to students interested in perusing a career related to the Alaska tourism industry. Alaskans interested in applying can find general information, including the application form (/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=158878), on our Foundation Scholarship webpage (http://www.alaskatia.org/Admin/www.AlaskaTIA.org/foundation/scholarships). The deadline to submit a completed application is January 31, 2017. Since 2001, the Foundation has awarded $310,000 in scholarships to more than 150 individuals. Past scholarships have benefited Alaskan students pursuing their career in tourism from Ketchikan to Nome and Kodiak to Tok with a special Rural Award b..