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Line Up a Summer Job Before the New Year Starts


Search Alaska Tourism Jobs During the Visitor Industry Job Fair

Anchorage, Alaska – Nov. 5, 2010 – Immediate openings and summer employment opportunities in Alaska’s third largest industry are available Dec. 29, 2010, during the annual Visitor Industry Job Fair at the William A. Egan Civic & Convention Center. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free for job seekers.

The fair is timed to coincide with winter break for college students. While students can get a jump on the summer job hunt, other seasonal or fulltime opportunities are also available. In previous years, as many as 500 job seekers have taken advantage of the fair to meet with potential employers. This year, companies including Princess Cruises, CIRI Alaska Tourism, Premiere Alaska Tours, NMS Lodging, the Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA) and others will be among those searching for applicants.

“Tourism is one of the largest private industries in this state and an economic driver for Southcentral,” said Steve Halloran, ACVB vice president of Community, Member & Visitor Relations. “The range of employers and diversity of opportunities at this job fair in the past shows just how large the industry is in Alaska.”

The industry saw gains in 2010 compared to the previous year. Some companies are adding positions for next summer as well.

“Due to the bright outlook for the 2011 season Premier Alaska Tours will increase their overall employment 10 percent,” said Premier Alaska Tours President Josh Howes.

For many, the seasonal positions featured at the fair serve as a stepping stone to permanent positions and even careers in the visitor industry later.

“The company I work for has hired from this job fair and I personally know of folks in the industry who were hired from this job fair and have moved into management positions. There are literally thousands of summer positions that need to be filled and these employers want to fill them with Alaskans.” says Kelly Bender, a general manager with CIRI Alaska Tourism.

Employers interested in participating can register online at www.Anchorage.net/rsvp or by calling Kari Coleman at (907) 257-2321. Registration cost for employers is $175.

The Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, Alaska Hotel & Lodging Association and ATIA Anchorage Chapter sponsor the job fair.

The Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (ACVB) mission is to attract and serve visitors to the Municipality of Anchorage as a Destination Marketing Organization (DMO). ACVB’s marketing functions are funded by one-third of the bed tax collected by lodging associations. One-third goes to the Municipality’s general fund, and one-third to service the bond debt and operations of the Anchorage Convention Centers. ACVB receives no state or federal funds. 2010 marks ACVB’s 35th year of bringing business to Anchorage. Explore www.Anchorage.net for more information.
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