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Well-Known Alaskans Share Favorite Local Travel Tips, Promote In-State Travel in Partnership With Alaska Travel Industry Association


ANCHORAGE – Phillip Blanchett and Roman Dial of Anchorage, Geoff Larson of Juneau, Sven Haakanson of Kodiak, Jane Haigh of Fairbanks and Paul Paquette of Seward are giving Alaskans the inside scoop on where to go, what to do and where to eat across Alaska this summer.

Naming a selection of beaches, hiking trails, favorite restaurants and much more, these six well-known Alaskans revealed their favorite haunts to the Alaska Travel Industry Association on TravelAlaska.com, for the organization’s Insider’s Alaska campaign. Beginning July 19 through August 27, the six insiders’ also will share their travel tips on Twitter via @alaskatravlnews and on Facebook on the Alaska Travel News fan page.

Packrafting Eagle River, whale watching in Juneau, stopping at the Copper Rail Depot Saloon in Copper Center and visiting the touch tank at the Kodiak Fisheries Research Center are just a few of the insiders’ recommendations.

Now in its third installment, ATIA’s Insider’s Alaska campaign encourages Alaskans to get out and explore communities across the state.

“By providing Alaskans with travel tips from other Alaskans, we hope to get locals excited about vacationing right here at home,” says Ron Peck, Alaska Travel Industry Association President and COO.

About ATIA’s 2010 Insiders
Phillip Blanchett founded Pamyua, a tribal funk/world music group, with his brother over 10 years ago. Blanchett has lived in Anchorage for over 25 years.

Roman Dial has packrafted throughout Alaska and the world. He is a professor of environmental science, mathematics, and outdoor studies at Alaska Pacific University, in Anchorage.

Sven Haakanson is the executive director of the Alutiiq Museum in Kodiak and is a driving force behind the revitalization of indigenous language, culture and customs in this region of North America.

Jane Haigh established her career as a local historian in Fairbanks, where she lived for more than 30 years before her recent move to Kenai. She served as guest curator for two major exhibits at the University of Alaska Museum of the North.

Geoff Larson founded the Alaskan Brewing Co. in Juneau in 1986. Today, his is the largest brewery in the state, with distribution that extends into the Lower 48.

Paul Paquette is an artist living in Seward. His shingle art can be seen throughout Alaska, Canada and the Lower 48.

About the Alaska Travel Industry Association
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 <http://TravelAlaska.com>  website for visitors interested in the state.
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