COVID-19 Media Stories


Coronavirus Casts a Pall Over Cruise Industry At Height of Booking Season – NPR, February 12

Coronavirus leads hundreds of Chinese tourists to cancel Alaska winter trips – Anchorage Daily News, February 18

Chinese tourists cancel AK trips: Virus fears lead hundreds to cancel during peak winter tourist season – Ketchikan Daily News, February 21

Alaska Tourism Officials See an Opportunity in Coronavirus – New York Times, February 27

Several cruise ships cancel Kodiak visits as companies shuffle ships because of coronavirus in Asia – Alaska Public Media, February 26

How Bad Will It Get for Airlines When Coronavirus Hits the U.S.? – Skift, February 26

Canceled flights, quarantined cruises and $30B losses: How coronavirus has upended the travel industry – ABC News, February 28

Coronavirus hasn’t hit Alaskans, but economists here are bracing for impact – Alaska Public Media, February 28

The Westerdam, turned away from Asia ports over coronavirus fears, will dock in Juneau – Alaska Public Media, March 3

Travel Advisors Face Daunting Cruise Business Shake-Up from Coronavirus – Yahoo Finance, March 3

Amid coronavirus fears, who decides if a cruise ship can come or not? – Alaska Public Media, March 6

Are You Prepared: Coronavirus and the Alaska Economy – KTUU, March 6

The U.S. Government just warned people not to travel on cruise ships because of coronavirus. What does that mean for Alaska? – Anchorage Daily News, March 8

Federal warnings against cruises rattle Alaska travel industry – Alaska Public Media, March 9

Dunleavy urges calm as a volatile economy and tourism warnings add to Alaska coronavirus anxiety – Alaska Public Media – March 9

Cruise ship turned away over coronavirus will be cleaned and have a new crew when it docks in Alaska – Associated Press, March 9

Alaska is ready to handle coronavirus, officials say – Juneau Empire, March 10

Travel Tuesday: Anchorage looks ahead to summer tourism amid COVID-19 fears – KTVA, March 10

Tourism industry braces for impact of cruise travel warning – Alaska Journal of Commerce, March 11

Three Princess Cruises voyages in Alaska are being affected by the coronavirus pandemic – KTUU, March 12

Quieter than expected start to Alaska cruise season as Princess and Viking suspend operations – KTOO, March 12

Coronavirus could mean rough seas ahead for the cruise ship industry – KTUU, March 12

Canada’s port closures because of coronavirus may end Alaska big-ship cruises – LA Times, March 13

How Coronavirus Could Impact Alaska – U.S. News & World Report, March 13

Coronavirus prompts new measures by cruise industry – Cordova Times, March 13

Four Alaska-bound cruise ships cancel sailings, and officials expect more to come – Anchorage Daily News, March 13

Canada suspends cruise ship tourism, which could shut down Alaska cruise season until July – Anchorage Daily News, March 14

Alaska will weather the coronavirus storm – Anchorage Daily News, March 14

Airlines seek billions in federal aid as coronavirus response cripples travel – Anchorage Daily News, March 16

Alaska Railroad suspends Aurora Winter Train – KTUU, March 17

Suspended cruise ship season triggers deep tourism workforce cuts in Juneau – KTOO, March 18

We are all in this together – Girdwood business owner on Alyeska ski closure – KTUU, March 18

Alaska’s cruise towns expected a record season, now tourism workers are reeling – KTOO, March 19

Closures, tanking oil and uncertainty bombard Alaska’s economy – Alaska Public Media, March 19

Mountain closed – Craig Medred News, March 20

Rep. Young downplays coronavirus concerns: Legislators express travel concerns, tourism industry braces for impact – Ketchikan Daily News, March 20

COVID 19 fears hit Alaska tourism industry – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, March 23

Alaska Airlines to cut 200 flights, park 30 jets as coronavirus reduces air travel – Anchorage Daily News, March 23

Port of Seattle suspends 2020 Alaska cruise season indefinitely amid public health emergency – Puget Sound Business Journal, March 24

Alaska Travel Industry Association discusses impact of COVID-19 – Travel Weekly, March 25

Normally a bright spot in the Alaska recession, tourism outlook dims with coronavirus uncertainty – Anchorage Daily News, March 25

Alaska regional airlines forced to cut services and staff – KTUU, March 26

Mat-Su Borough starts to look at economic impact of coronavirus shutdown – KTVA, April 8

Borough continues to see slow growth of COVID-19 cases; tourism businesses prep for lean summer – KTNA, April 9

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today the extension of a No Sail Order for all cruise ships – CDC, April 9

Some Anchorage hotels are transforming from tourist havens to quarantine sites – Alaska Public Media, April 10

Alaska’s local governments are the next ripple in pandemic’s economic consequences – Anchorage Daily News, April 12

Alaska’s charter fleet faces dry dock decision – Alaska Journal of Commerce, April 13

Norwegian Cancels Sun Alaska Program; Drops Prices On Other Ships – Cruise Industry News, April 13

Alaska airports to get over $124 million in federal relief funding – KTUU, April 14

Denali Modifies Operations To Implement Local Health Guidance– NPS, April 14

Princess and Holland America cancel most of their Alaska cruises, won’t open lodges this summer – Alaska Public Media, April 14

Princess and Holland America cancel 2020 Gulf of Alaska sailings because of coronavirus pandemic – Anchorage Daily News, April 14

Princess and Holland America cancel 2020 Gulf of Alaska sailings – Alaska Journal of Commerce, April 15

Explore Fairbanks: Dramatic decrease in summer tourism, hope to recover for winter – KXDF Fairbanks, April 15

Cruise ship exodus from Alaska cuts very deeply – Travel Weekly, April 16

Alaska tourism businesses expect a lean year ahead – Anchorage Daily News, April 18

From wildlife tours to comic books and distilleries, cruise ship cancellations threaten most Southeast Alaska businesses – Anchorage Daily News, April 19

Local tourism businesses partner to bring blooms to your doorstep – KTUU, April 19

The path to economic recovery: Getting businesses back on their feet must be a community effort – Fairbanks Daily News Miner, April 19

This pandemic couldn’t have come at a worse time for Alaska’s tourism businesses – KTOO, April 20

‘Putting the company almost on life support’: Cruise ship cuts devastate Alaska tourism – Alaska Public Media, April 21

Small cruise lines are still planning a 2020 season in Southeast Alaska, but protocols are unclear – Alaska Public Media, April 22

The Coronavirus Economy, What it’s like to run a seasonal tourism business during a pandemic – Fortune, April 23

Juneau hits the web with photos to encourage tourists – KINY, April 24

Alaskans will enjoy more elbow room in the outdoors this summer, but it will come at a price – ADN, April 26

COVID-19 funding could help Alaska’s local communities, but questions remain – KTUU, April 28

On Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula businesses hit hard during last summer’s wildfires are facing another season of uncertainty – Alaska Public Media, April 29

ATIA shares resources for industry professionals – Travel Weekly, April 29

Alaska cruise industry predicts loss of nearly 1 million passengers – Alaska Public Media, April 30

Alaska Municipal League predicts up to $250 million hit to local government revenues – Alaska Public Media, April 30

Pandemic Erases Most of Alaska Cruises Passenger Bookings – U.S. News, May 1

Why Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy made a deadly gamble to jumpstart his state’s economy – Yahoo Finance – May 1

Alaska Airlines to require face masks – RUS Tourism News, May 2

2020 Alaska Cruise Season Suffers as Cruise Lines Struggle With Deployments – Cruise Critic, April 30

Carnival Cruise Line cancels its final Alaska sailings for 2020 – ADN, May 4

State parks are expecting more campground use by Alaskans during the COVID-19 epidemic – ADN, May 4

Alaska Float Fishing Company Takes Big Hit from Coronavirus Pandemic – KTVA, May 4

Southeast businesses brace for change – KTVA, May 4

While Alaska vacations are on hold, would-be tourists find ways to support local businesses from afar – KTOO, May 4



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