June is Great Outdoors Month

The proclaimation (https://gov.alaska.gov/newsroom/2018/05/great-outdoors-month-4/) encourages all Alaskans and visitors from other states and around the world to explore, enjoy, celebrate, and conserve Alaska’s Great Outdoors. So get out there and celebrate our great outdoors, our public lands, state and national parks, recreation facilities, and amenities. Thank you, Governor Walker! ..

Juneau Lunch & Learn - February 6, 2018

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)!..

Key Note Speaker Samantha Brown

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..

Letter from the President

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..

Make an end-of-year donation to the ATIA Foundation

'Tis the season of giving. Consider making a donation to the ATIA Foundation and support scholarships for Alaskans pursuing education in travel industry-related fields. The ATIA Foundation awarded $25,000 in scholarships to 17 individuals in 2018 thanks to our donors and sponsors. Help make 2019 the best year yet with your donation! ..

National Park Service Announces Plan to Address Infrastructure Needs

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..