A new boss in charge at Discover Kodiak just in time for the busy summer season. Brock Simmons has taken over as Executive Director of the visitor’s bureau.
A former executive who stepped away from the Alaska Travel Industry Association for a couple of years is back, with a promotion. After a nationwide search, ATIA selected Jillian Simpson as its next President and CEO.
Governor Mike Dunleavy’s proposed state operating budget for fiscal year 2023 would direct a $5 million federal grant to the Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA). The funding would be on top of a recently approved $10.5 million federal grant that Dunleavy designated to the tourism association in September.
Community visitor centers, roadside cabins, and robust trail systems are essential infrastructure needed to support the multi-billion dollar tourism sector in Alaska.
“As more people are vaccinated, we could see more Americans ready to travel—and travel safely—this summer,” writes a group of visitor bureau leaders. “But as you’ve no doubt seen, Alaska’s tourism businesses face a lot of challenges between now and recovery. As Alaskans working in tourism, we have our work cut out for us.”
The Forest Service hopes a variety of stakeholders, including the public, partners, tribes, and Alaska Native corporations, will help it identify needed work on outdoor projects.
While everyone is eager to get back to normal (or close to what normal used to look like), Alaska’s organizations are making the most of the opportunities they have now, helping people travel far and wide—digitally, at least.
With the number of tourists drastically reduced (if they come at all), locals will have the run of Anchorage—which makes it the perfect time for the city’s residents to become acquainted with all the municipality’s outdoor options.
Alyeska Resort reopens to the public on June 12, providing Alaskans the opportunity to enjoy a true resort experience and world-class dining on the border of the northernmost rainforest in the world—all without having to leave the state.
The Alaska Travel Industry Association is asking locals to “Show Up for Alaska” by getting out and exploring with tourism businesses this summer.