March 26, 2010
After decades of steady growth in cruise ship passenger visits to Alaska, the state is facing a 17 percent decline in cruise visitation this summer. That means 140,000 fewer passengers during the upcoming four-month cruise season, resulting in fewer jobs for Alaskans and less revenue for small businesses.
"Alaska's tourism head tax structure must be modified to grow our Alaska businesses," Governor Parnell said. "Declining visitor numbers and dollars have been felt throughout the state. We must do more to make Alaska a more affordable destination for travelers and create jobs for Alaskans."
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