Back by popular demand! ATIA members will once again have the opportunity to present new tourism business products or ideas to ATIA's own "Sharks" at the 2017 ATIA Annual Convention & Trade Show. Winners could snag up to $5,000 in a cash prize to help turn their tourism business ideas into reality.
If you are interested in presenting your idea to one of our sharks, click here to download the 2017 Alaska Tourism Shark Tank application. Applications must be received no later than Thursday, August 31. Applicants do have to be current ATIA members in good standing to be considered. If you have any questions regarding Alaska Tourism Shark Tank, please email Sarah Leonard.
Applications will be reviewed by an internal ATIA team. Applicants selected must be prepared to present their business idea and/or product in person to the ATIA Sharks during the ATIA convention in Kodiak in October. The Alaska Tourism Sharks will provide valuable feedback and guidance on business ideas and decide at the convention who the prize winners will be!
A huge thank you to our 2016 Alaska Sharks: Ral West from the Chuck West Family, Heather Handyside from GCI and Dale Wade from the Alaska Railroad, for their participation in the first ever Alaska Tourism Shark Tank. Through their generous contributions, three Alaska tourism businesses will now be able to make their future business dreams come true!
Congratulations to the 2016 Alaska Tourism Shark Tank Winners!
Kelly "Midgi" Moore - Juneau Food Tours
Awarded the $5,000 Chuck West Award for her Juneau Bites & Booze Tour business pitch.
Susan Gilpatrick - Gilpatrick's Hotel Chitina, Inc.
Awarded $4,000 for her pitch to finish construction on a new RV Park and Salmon Bake.
Eileen Jackson & Edwin Bifelt from Koyukuk River Tribal Tours
Awarded $6,000 to offset marketing and advertising expenses for the new Koyukuk River Tribal Tours Eco-Tour.