AlaskaACT Wins Award
The Alaska Alliance for Cruise Travel (AlaskaACT) was recognized for its efforts to support the visitor industry by receiving the Alaska Travel Industry Association's 2010 Alyeska Award. This award is presented to a business or organization for its outstanding leadership, professional excellence, and contribution to the Alaska travel industry. This year, the ATIA Alyeska Award was jointly awarded to both AlaskaACT and the Alaska Cruise Association (ACA).
"We are honored by the recognition," said Bob Berto, President of AlaskaACT. "Our members and all those who assisted in changing the direction of our State should be very proud."
Earlier this year, the Governor worked with the cruise industry and AlaskaACT to reduce the cruise ship head tax. The State Legislature passed the reduced tax into law as well as appropriated additional marketing dollars to help build demand among potential travelers.
"Alaska changed from a destination fighting to keep the cruise business we had, to a destination that is now competing to regain the business," Berto said. "While we still face many challenges, I am optimistic Alaska can set a new course to stop the decline in the visitor industry and position ourselves for future growth."