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..
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...
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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..