Governor Encourages Condor to Start Year-round Alaska Service,
Promotes Increased Winter Tourism
April 15, 2006
Photo courtesy Office of the Governor
Condor officials have been actively reviewing Alaska opportunities and indicated they are looking for German tour wholesalers to guarantee a certain minimum load guarantee. For several years, Condor has been operating four charters per week to Alaska from mid-May to September with three flights to Anchorage and one to Fairbanks.
The Alaska Travel Industry Association helped arrange the meeting in Germany through their trade representative in Frankfurt. The governor was accompanied at the meeting by Alaska seafood and tourism leaders, including the state's international trade director Margy Johnson, Chris von Imhof of Alyeska Resort, Luda Gashenko of Clippership Motorhomes, and Dave Carlstrom, former marketing manager of Fairbanks International Airport and now a consultant with the airport.
"We appreciate the governor's personal effort to encourage more year-round travel from Europe," said Chris von Imhof, president and CEO of Alyeska Resort and a long-time proponent of improved international passenger air service and winter tourism. "Attracting more international flights is a high priority for Alaska's tourism businesses and groups like the Alaska Travel Industry Association and the Anchorage and Fairbanks Convention & Visitors Bureaus."
Companies at the two-hour meeting included representatives from Condor German Airlines, Airtours International, Dertour, Meier's Weltreisen, Thomas Cook, Terranova Touristik and Ikarus Tours.
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