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Alaska Travel Industry Association announces 2011-12 Board of Directors




ANCHORAGE – The Alaska Travel Industry Association has recently announced the election and appointments of its 2011-2012 board of directors.  

The executive committee consists of: chair, Ken Dole, Waterfall Resort and Promech Air; vice chair, Kirk Hoessle, Alaska Wildland Adventures; chair of marketing, Scott Habberstad, Alaska Airlines; chair of government relations, Julie Saupe, Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau; chair of tourism planning , Ann Campbell, Aurora Consulting; secretary, Paul Goodwin, Holland America Line; treasurer, Bill Pedlar, Knightly Tours; past chair, Deb Hickok, Fairbanks Convention & Visitors Bureau; and ex-officio, Ron Peck, ATIA president and COO.

The board members are: Charlie Ball, Princess Tours, John Binkley, Alaska Cruise Association and Riverboat Discovery; Roark Brown, Homer Ocean Charters/Otter Cove Resort; Janet Buckingham, Kodiak Island Convention & Visitors Bureau; Brett Carlson, Northern Alaska Tour Company/Coldfoot Camp; Peter Grunwaldt, Premier Alaska Tours; Deborah Hansen, Rust’s / K2 / Pike’s Waterfront Lodge; Al Koch, All Alaska Tours; Patti Mackey, Ketchikan Visitors Bureau; Tim McDonnell, Temsco Helicopters; Bonnie Quill, Mat-Su Convention & Visitors Bureau; Scott Reisland, Denali Grizzly Bear Resort; and Catherine Schultz, Sophie’s Station Suites; Stan Stephens, Stan Stephens Cruises and Tours; Ethan Tyler, Alaska Tourism Solutions.

The members were inducted at ATIA’s annual convention held in Juneau, Alaska earlier this month.

“This is an extremely dedicated group of business and community leaders who are sure to bring valuable perspective to the ATIA board,” said chair, Ken Dole. “I look forward to working with them to continue improving the outlook for the travel industry in 2012 and beyond.”

ATIA is a non-profit, membership-based organization made up of all facets of Alaska’s visitor industry and represents over 1,100 large and small travel-related businesses.  The association serves as the voice of Alaska’s tourism industry and is responsible for marketing Alaska as a travel destination and maintaining the TravelAlaska.com website for visitors interested in visiting the state.   For more information on the association visit www.alaskatia.org.

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