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GCI Offers Scholarships to Small and Rural Tourism Businesses


ANCHORAGE—GCI will provide scholarships to 14 small and rural tourism businesses in Alaska to help facilitate their attendance at the 2010 Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA) Convention & Trade Show in Whitehorse, Yukon, from October 4-8, 2010.

Each selected scholarship recipient will receive free convention registration for one delegate and $350 to offset travel and lodging costs—a total value of $700.

“With such a wide range of businesses making up Alaska’s tourism industry, both large and small, ATIA strives to maintain an even playing field for all its partners,” said James Minton, director of member services and communications for ATIA. “We’re grateful that GCI is providing the opportunity for small and rural tourism businesses to be represented at the annual convention.”

The 2010 convention theme, Circle of Strength, emphasizes the successful working relationships between Alaska and Yukon tourism businesses.  ATIA will feature market trends and future planning discussions, business development workshops, numerous networking opportunities and an Alaska Trade Marketplace event.

Scholarship applicants must be Alaska residents and do not need to be current members of ATIA. Preference will be given to rural tourism businesses, businesses that have not attended the convention in the past three years and businesses that have less than $500,000 in annual gross receipts. Applications are due by August 27, and awards will be announced September 3. For more information about applying, visit www.alaskatia.org.

ATIA is a non-profit, membership-based organization made up of all facets of Alaska’s visitor industry and represents over 1,100 large and small travel-related businesses. The association serves as the voice of Alaska’s tourism industry and maintains the TravelAlaska.com website for visitors interested in the state.

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