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 once again have the opportunity to present new tourism business products or ideas at the 2019 ATIA Annual Convention & Trade Show. PLUS - this year we'll have a "People's Choice" award! Winners snag cash prizes to help turn their tourism business ideas into reality.

Interested in sticking your toe in the water? Submit your application by September 20, 2019. Selected applicants will present their ideas at ATIA's Annual Convention on Wednesday, October 9.

Our industry "sharks":

Scott Habberstad, Alaska Airlines. Scott is a familiar face among Alaska’s tourism industry and is a huge advocate for a healthy and successful tourism businesses. Make your business idea a sharp one and Scott may “chews” you to be a shark tank winner!

 

Dale Wade, Alaska Railroad. As Vice President of Marketing and Customer Service for the Alaska Railroad and a past chair of Visit Anchorage, Dale dives deep with tourism heavy hitters and knows the importance of working closely with all the fish in the sea, large and small, along the Railbelt and beyond.

 

 

Heather Handyside, GCIAs vice president of corporate communications and community engagement and lead spokesperson at GCI, Heather Handyside is responsible for finding new and innovative ways to tell GCI’s Alaska-born-and-raised story. Before joining the GCI team, Heather served as press secretary for former U.S. Senator Mark Begich, deputy municipal manager for the Municipality of Anchorage, and as Anchorage’s director of homeland security and emergency management where she learned a thing or two about communications that she now incorporates into GCI product and service launches touching the far corners of the state.


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Congratulations to the 2018 Alaska Tourism Shark Tank Winners 

Applicants presented their business idea and/or product in person to the ATIA Sharks during the ATIA convention and the Alaska Tourism Sharks provided valuable feedback and guidance on business ideas.  Many thanks to our Sharks Dale Wade, Alaska Railroad; Scott Habberstad, Alaska Airlines; and Paul Landes, GCI.

  

 

 

 

 


 

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