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Alaska Travel Industry Association Announces 2010-11 Marketing Committee


ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Travel Industry Association recently announced the appointment of its 2010-11 marketing committee.

The executive officers include: chair of marketing and planning, Julie Saupe, Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau; chair of advertising, Linda Springmann, Holland America Line; chair of international, Bonnie Quill, Mat-Su Convention & Visitors Bureau; chair of public relations, Colleen Stephens, Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises; chair of trade, Ann Campbell, Aurora Consulting; chair of website, Scott Habberstad, Alaska Airlines; and ex-officio, Ron Peck, ATIA president and COO.

The committee members are:

Southcentral: John Binkley, Alaska Cruise Association and Riverboat Discovery; Kindra Brownlee, Princess Cruises; Dee Buchanon, CIRI Alaska Tourism Corporation; Deb Call, Alaska Native Heritage Center; Peter Grunwaldt, Premier Alaska Tours; Shanon Hamrick, Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council; Kirk Hoessle, Alaska Wildland Adventures; Jeff Johnson, Alaska Railroad; Al Koch, All Alaska Tours; Dennis McDonnell, Major Marine Tours; Toni Walker, Logistics LLC; and Ethan Tyler, Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

Interior: Deb Hickok, Fairbanks Convention & Visitors Bureau; Brett Carlson, Northern Alaska Tour Company; Deb Hansen, Pike’s Waterfront Lodge; Scott Reisland, Denali Grizzly Bear Resort; and Cathy Schultz, Sophie Station Suites by Fountainhead.

Inside Passage: Chuck Baird, Waterfall Resort; Kelli Dindinger, Alaska Travel Adventures; Patti Mackey, Ketchikan Convention & Visitors Bureau; and Lorene Palmer, Juneau Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Southwest: Janet Buckingham, Kodiak Island Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Pacific Northwest: Gary Odle, Alaska Highway Cruises; Bill Pedlar, Knightly Tours; and Pierre Germain, Government of the Yukon.

Marketing chair Julie Saupe is looking forward to the year ahead.    

“This is a talented and hardworking group of business and community leaders,” said Saupe. “Each member brings invaluable marketing expertise and perspective to the committee that will help advance the Alaska travel industry in the coming year.”

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 is responsible for marketing Alaska as a travel destination and maintaining the TravelAlaska.com website for visitors interested in visiting the state.   For more information on the association visit www.alaskatia.org.

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