Congratulations to the 2016 Alaska Tourism Shark Tank Winners

The Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA) is always looking for new and fresh ideas for their annual convention held every October. This year, ATIA debuted the first-ever Alaska Tourism Shark Tank and it was a huge success!

The application process was open to ATIA members attending the 2016 ATIA Annual Convention & Trade Show in Anchorage, Alaska from October 4-6. Applications were reviewed by an internal ATIA team and chosen applicants had 5 minutes to make their pitch to the Alaska “Sharks” in hopes of snagging up to $6,000 in a cash prize to help turn their tourism business ideas into reality. The Alaska Sharks then had 5 minutes for Q & A to learn more about the proposed business plans.

A big thank you goes out to the Alaska Sharks: Ral West from the Chuck West Family, Heather Handyside from GCI and Dale Wade from the Alaska Railroad. Through their generous contributions and participation, three Alaska tourism business will now be able to make their future business dreams come true!

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.




Sponsored by:      THE CHUCK WEST FAMILY