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Governor Welcomes Diplomatic Corps in Fairbanks

March 8, 2010, Juneau, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell welcomed members of Alaska's diplomatic corps this past weekend at the Alaska Fur and Ice 2010 in Fairbanks.

"We were proud to introduce our international visitors to Alaska and continue to build the relationships that create opportunities around the world for Alaskans," Governor Parnell said. "The Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau is a great partner for Alaska Fur and Ice. They know how to put Alaska's best foot forward for international guests."

More than 20 members of the consular corps, and international tourism and aviation representatives joined Governor Parnell for this year's Alaska Fur and Ice events. The day included a Fairbanks city tour, a visit to the Alyeska Pipeline, a tour and presentation at the Cold Climate Housing Research Center, a behind the scenes tour at Museum of the North, a reception at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center, and attendance at Ice Alaska's BP World Ice Art Championships.

Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau President Deb Hickok, Labor Commissioner Click Bishop, Senior Policy Advisor for In-State Energy Gene Therriault, Museum of the North Director Dr. Carol Diebel, Curator Dr. Link Olson, and Cold Climate Housing Research Center President Jack Hebert participated in the events.

This year Alaska Fur and Ice attracted officials and business leaders representing the Czech Republic, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Poland, The Seychelles, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

The BP World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks attracted more than 100 ice artists this year from Alaska, other U.S. states, and 18 countries. Governor Parnell presented the ice art awards at the evening award ceremony.

Photos from the event are available at: http://gov.alaska.gov/parnell/multimedia/photo-albums.html

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