HEAD TAX: VERY BAD CHOICE
By Charles Edwardson
April 27, 2010
It has always bothered me -- the term HEAD TAX. It sounds like
a hunting trip. It should be labeled what it is a PORT AND HARBOR
We in Ketchikan are second only to the Bahamas in cost per visit
per customer Why do you think that is??
Because people will come to Alaska no matter what the cost, and
they will continue to go to the Bahamas as well. It was a mistake
to repeal the port and harbor tax. The reason I say this is that
it was the world wide recession that reduced travel to Alaska
not the port and harbor tax.
The Oceana announced 10 visits in Ketchikan with 684 customers
per, DISNEY announced earlier this year that Alaska is now on
their itinerary, this all happened (before) this year's legislative
session. These cruises are booked a year in advance & these
cruises were booked before this legislative session produced
a reduction in the tax.
Frank Del Rio chairman of Prestige Holdings, Oceana's parent
company eluded to the the fact that this repeal of a portion
of the tax helped them to decide stopping in Ketchikan. I think
that is indicative of the cruise industry's sensationalizing
and spinning media for their own gain. I would say that is remarkable
marketing to book all of those trips based on what happened in
this session. It took only three days to book 6,840 passengers
to Alaska -- that is some good marketing.. Please...
It is done and I think it was a mistake. Stop calling it a head
tax and stop giving into strong arm tactics. There is only one
Alaska there is only one Bahamas. We should have toed the line
and made them pay -- but it is an election year .
Received April 24, 2010 - Published
April 27, 2010
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