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Governor Parnell attends Cruise Shipping Miami

Several AlaskaACT Steering Committee members, as well as representatives from the Alaska Travel Industry Association were excited to welcome Governor Parnell to Miami last week for the annual Cruise Shipping Miami (formerly SeaTrade) convention, an international gathering attended by worldwide destinations and cruise-related businesses.

In addition to meeting with cruise line executives about Alaska issues, Governor Parnell appeared at Alaska’s trade show booth and met with many tourism business owners in attendance.

This is the third consecutive year Governor Parnell has traveled to Cruise Shipping Miami and met with cruise line executives to promote Alaska’s tourism industry.  Two years ago, he became the first ever Alaskan governor to travel to Cruise Shipping Miami, and upon his return, he introduced legislation to reduce the cruise ship head tax, which has since led to numerous cruise lines increasing their voyages to Alaska. In a press release by his office, Governor Parnell stated, “New ship deployments to Alaska and increased passenger capacity are directly linked to the more favorable tax policy.”

With over 120 countries attending this worldwide cruise conference, it was apparent the global competitiveness for cruising destinations continues to grow.  “We are extremely grateful for Governor Parnell’s leadership in fighting for Alaska’s tourism industry,” said AlaskaACT Steering Committee member Bob Dindinger.  “Alaska’s tourism industry and the governor’s presence at this conference is crucial to continue growing our market share.”

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