Alaska Travel Industry Association Celebrates Historic Numbers in Two Industry-Related Reports
July 23, 2014, Anchorage, Alaska –Two recent reports highlight the positive impact Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA) members and partners have in strengthening Alaska’s economy and in job creation across the state.
The State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development recently released the Alaska Visitor Statistics Program (AVSP) VI Interim Visitor Volume Report for Fall/Winter 2013-2014 which includes many positive travel industry indicators.
“ATIA members from around the state have communicated that business is strong and bookings from both domestic and international markets have increased,” said Sarah Leonard, President and CEO of ATIA. “We had been hearing anecdotally that 2013-2014 was a busy year in Alaska tourism. To have it confirmed by recent reports is very exciting and gratifying for our industry.”
Interim AVSP Report Highlights:
- 2013-2014 full-year visitation was 1,966,700 people. The largest number of visitors to the State of Alaska in history.
- Summer 2013 visitation was up by 7 percent from summer 2012.
- Fall/winter visitor volume in 2013-2014 was up by 4 percent from 2012-2013.
In addition, a report also highlighting Alaska’s visitor numbers was recently released by the National Parks Service (NPS). The 2013 National Park Visitor Spending Effects: Economic Contributions to Local Communities, States, and the Nation takes a detailed look at information concerning total park visits and the estimated economic impacts.
“The NPS report illustrates how important our national parks are to Alaska’s tourism industry,” Leonard said. “The numbers speak for themselves: Alaska’s national parks were visited by more than 2.5 million people in 2013, supporting 17,000 jobs and resulting in $1.1 billion in spending. Alaska’s national parks are a huge resource that cannot be taken for granted.”
Highlights from the NPS report:
- Alaska’s most visited national parks 1) Klondike Gold Rush (928,150); 2) Denali (530,921); 3) Glacier Bay (500,590).
- Alaska’s national parks had 2,585,980 total recreation visits.
- Total visitor spending reached $1,145,100,000
ATIA is the state’s leading statewide tourism trade association with over 600 member organizations.