Tourism in the Governor’s Proposed Budget

Tuesday, Governor Walker announced his proposed budget for next fiscal year. Tourism marketing funding and the cruise ship head tax were among the different program reductions as well as revenue generating ideas included in the Governor’s budget information. The tourism marketing program was reduced by 28% with a budget amount of $4.5 million from the general fund. Historically, the travel industry has raised an additional $2.7 million through the sale of cooperative marketing programs. If the budget remains unchanged during the legislative process, this reduced amount will impact the types of cooperative marketing programs available to sell to industry businesses and the revenue amount generated from indu..

Tourism Industry Leaders Meet Despite Pending Government Shutdown

Amidst a potential government shutdown (/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=136115) and seemingly stalemate between the Governor and the legislature over the State’s budget, tourism industry leaders met this week. The Alaska Tourism Marketing Board (ATMB) met to review tourism marketing recommendations for the state’s program for the next year. The Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA) Board of Directors also met in Anchorage to review the association’s budget and member services. Currently, Alaska tourism marketing funding sits at $10.2 million. According to a press release from the Governor’s office dated May 18, 2015, Governor Walker line-item vetoed the majority of fiscal year 2016 budget..

Tourism Night at the Aces!

The Alaska Aces are generously sponsoring a night for the visitor industry Wednesday, February 8 at 7:15 pm. ATIA & Visit Anchorage members and their guests are invited to attend, on the house! Let’s fill the Sullivan Arena with cheers from one of Alaska’s top industries, TOURISM! Click the link below to RSVP. Tickets will be available at a tourism desk next to will call at Sullivan Arena. RSVP Tourism Night at the Aces (https://t.e2ma.net/click/1ydhj/twavz2b/t8vfbd)..

Tourism Night with the Alaska Aces

The Alaska Aces are generously sponsoring a night for the visitor industry. ATIA & Visit Anchorage members and their guests are invited to attend, on the house! Let’s fill the Sullivan Arena with cheers from one of Alaska’s top industries, TOURISM! And don’t forget to wear RED! Wearing red will represent unity in our industry among travel and tourism workers and supporters. Tickets must be reserved through the below link no later than March 1, 2016. http://members.alaskatia.org/event/Aces For questions, contact Erica Hedman at ehedman@AlaskaTIA.org...

Travel Weekly News

As oil and gas taxes evaporate, Alaska slashes tourism funding (http://www.travelweekly.com/Cruise-Travel/As-oil-and-gas-taxes-evaporate-Alaska-slashes-tourism-funding?cid=eltrdb&eid=meghan@thompsonpr.com)..

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