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ms Amsterdam Brings Summer Business to Anchorage

Monday, Sept. 13, 2010 marks the final Anchorage port of call for the ms Amsterdam this season. The Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Big Wild Life Committee, city officials and local businesses all came together to welcome Amsterdam guests and crew warmly, orient them to the city’s facilities, and keep them well-informed of the all the exciting way to explore Anchorage and experience Alaska. The arrivals had a great impact on the city. I wanted to provide you a couple of story ideas timed for the final port of call on Monday:

 

Businesses saw a boost from Amsterdam arrivals.

Anchorage businesses also saw the Amsterdam passengers come through their doors in droves. Shops, restaurants and galleries like Sevigny Studios were in the perfect spot to draw passengers looking for souvenirs, a nice meal or one-of a kind art.

· Contact Jack Bonney at (907) 257-2361 to arrange interviews with Katie Sevigny.

Cruise passengers flocked to Anchorage activities and attractions.

Attractions had great traffic from cruise passengers. Admissions are up 25 percent on cruise ship Mondays compared to average Mondays this summer at the Anchorage Museum. After the first port of call, the Alaska Native heritage Center added additional shuttles on cruise ship Mondays.  Similarly, Music in the Park was a huge draw for cruise passengers this summer. This Monday is Music in the Park’s final performance of the year for the passengers and crew of the Amsterdam.

· Contact Janet Asaro or Jara Haas at (907) 929-9229 for Anchorage Museum interviews.

· Contact Melissa Saunders (907) 330-8035 for the Alaska Native Heritage Center

· Contact Cheri Spink at (907) 279-5655 for Anchorage Downtown Partnership interviews.

The Port of Anchorage handled its largest cruise ship arrival to date.

The Amsterdam was the largest cruise ship to regularly call on the Port of Anchorage. This year’s arrivals were a seamless experience for passengers, and next year brings with another summer of visits from the ship to the port.

· Contact Emily Cotter, director of marketing & public affairs at the Port of Anchorage (907) 343-6219

Amsterdam crewmembers made the most of no sales tax shopping in Anchorage

The crew of the ms Amsterdam returned to Anchorage anew with each sailing. While they dedicated themselves to serving the passengers, the 600 crewmembers also had a chance to explore Anchorage on their own. Beyond the traditional visitor shopping stops, they frequented merchants across Anchorage including Best Buy and Wal-Mart, as well as restaurants serving up cuisine from their home countries. Through the Alaska Federation of Filipino Americans, Marilen Doup has worked to make the crew, about half of whom are from the Philippines, feel welcome.

· Contact Jack Bonney at (907) 257-2361 to set up interviews with Marilen Doup.

 

ACVB set the stage for success, helped visitors from the Amsterdam

The Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau worked from the inaugural port of call through the final arrival Monday to make the Amsterdam’s visit to Anchorage memorable, helped greet passengers and show them all the city had to offer. With another summer of Amsterdam visits slated for 2011, ACVB is already looking ahead.

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