Tourism Tax Reduction Welcomed
April 20, 2010
Alaska Governor Sean Parnell yesterday welcomed the passage of
Senate Bill 312, which reduces the cruise passenger excise tax
from $46 to $34.50. Recognizing the significant impact the decline
in cruise ship travel has on Alaska jobs and Alaska businesses,
Governor Parnell introduced legislation that sends a clear message
to cruise passengers and the industry that Alaska welcomes visitors.
Many elements of SB 311, proposed by the governor, have been
incorporated into SB 312.
"Alaska businesses have suffered because of the impacts
of this tax," Governor Parnell said. "We need to incentivize
tour travel to Alaska and build our businesses. Enactment of
this bill will put litigation between the cruise industry and
the state behind us and allow us to focus on restoring tour travel.
I appreciate the Legislature's consideration of this bill."
Governor Parnell also welcomed the increased funding to the Alaska
Travel Industry Association for tourism marketing.
After decades of steady growth in cruise ship passenger visits
to Alaska, the state is facing a 15 percent decline in cruise
visitation this summer. Including job losses suffered last year
and potential losses this year, visitor industry related employment
is projected to decline by up to 5,000 jobs, or more than 10
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