Tour ship head tax
By Chas Edwardson
March 31, 2009
I doubt very highly that a fifty dollar head tax was a big factor
in Princess Cruise's visitations or lack of. And now that they
have made this public announcement about this (devastating tax),
other cruise lines will make this claim to reinforce Princess'
claims in an effort to put that fifty bucks back in their pockets.
This fifty bucks is not even a consideration to most who book
this trip in the first place, if you're worried about fifty bucks
chances are you can not even afford to consider a trip of a lifetime
to Alaska. And we probably do not want you here in that case
anyway. We are a tourist town.
Ketchikan has been a boom and
bust town since the beginning. This boom (tourism) has simply
reached the saturation point and the global economy is driving
tourism down not (fifty bucks). The tour head tax is no different
than ports and harbor taxes in other parts of the world. Our
mistake is calling it what it is and not disguising it as increased
port of call fee.
Along with mining, fishing and the timber industry, along with
charter fishing as well, we in Ketchikan have adapted to all
sorts of boom industry failures. We will adapt to this also.
People are going to come to Alaska one way or another. What Princess
drops now someone else, when the global economy recovers, will
pick it up. Notice I said when -- which it will!! You have to
believe this recovery will happen or the lack of tourism and
the fifty dollar head tax is the least of our worries. My sense
is that visitors will fluctuate up and down for the next few
years, but fifty bucks is not and will not be the deciding factor
for any of the visitors. That's not even a realistic deterrence.
If I had a one-time fifty dollar expense tacked on to my trip
of a lifetime to Australia would I cancel and say "well"
Texas is good enough? Come on, let's not get bluffed into a corner.
Cruise industry blames head tax for
Alaska cuts By Kate
Golden | JUNEAU EMPIRE - Holland America Line and Princess Cruises
plan to cut Alaska sailings in 2010 by 10 percent, saying they
blame the state's head tax and they're willing to sue to get
rid of it. - Read
this Juneau Empire story....
www.juneauempire.com -- Tuesday - March 31, 2009
Received March 31, 2009 - Published
March 31, 2009
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