Alaska Tourism Shark Tank

Shark Tank is back! The Alaska Travel Industry Association is excited to announce we will be hosting the sixth Annual “Alaska Tourism Shark Tank” at our Annual Convention & Trade Show in Sitka, October 10 – 13, 2022. Alaska Tourism Shark Tank is based on the reality TV show Shark Tank, where business entrepreneurs try to convince major industry investors – the “sharks” – to help make their dreams turn into successful business ventures. ATIA members can apply to present tourism business products or ideas to ATIA’s own Alaska “Sharks” at the 2022 Convention. Winners will snag cash prizes to help turn their tourism business ideas into reality.

Applications will be reviewed by an internal ATIA team. Selected applicants must be prepared to present a live pitch for their business idea and/or product to the ATIA Sharks during the ATIA Convention on Thursday, October 13, 2022. ATIA will accept up to 3 power point slides as part of your pitch (no videos please). The Alaska Tourism Sharks will provide valuable feedback and guidance on business ideas and decide at the Convention who the prize winners will be.

Interested applicants must be current ATIA members in good standing and complete and submit the below form by SEPTEMBER 16, 2022.

Alaska Tourism Shark Tank Application

(if applicable)
Are you a current ATIA Member?(Required)
The Alaska Tourism Shark Tank is available to current ATIA members only. If you are not currently a member, please click the "Membership" tab above for membership information.
Max. file size: 50 MB.
Please upload your pitch as a Word or PDF document. Explain how the award could help make your idea successful. Why should Alaska Tourism Sharks award you this prize?

Thank you to Shark Tank sponsors!

Congratulations to the 2020 Alaska Tourism Shark Tank Winners

Denali Hostel & Cabins, Denali National Park – $8,000 to build an outdoor dining area

Alaska Friends, Anchorage – $7,000 to develop a website, expand social media marketing, and build out trip offerings

Juneau Food Tours, Juneau – $7,000 for Taste Alaska! food subscription program expansion

ATIA members also selected Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center as the “fin” favorite, winning $3,000 for their animal food kitchen project courtesy of sponsor Alaska Railroad.

Applicants presented their business idea and/or product live (via Zoom) to the ATIA Sharks during the 2020 ATIA VIRTUAL Convention, and the Alaska Tourism Sharks provided valuable feedback and guidance on business ideas. Many thanks to our Sharks Scott Habberstad, Alaska Airlines; Dale Wade, Alaska Railroad Corporation; Jay Blury, GCI; Tom Stark, Wells Fargo; and Ral West, representing the Chuck West Family.


New Alaska Cooperative Marketing Opportunities are Now Available

There are a variety of options for your business or organization to leverage Alaska’s national marketing campaign to reach highly qualified potential visitors. See what’s available on the Coop Marketing Programs page.