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Gov. Murkowski Announces China Air Will Fly Taiwanese
Tour Operators to Visit Alaska


October 14, 2003
Tuesday - 12:50 am

Seoul, Korea - Following trade delegation meetings with China Air and the Taiwan Travel Agent Association that emphasized the importance of tourism ties between Alaska and Taiwan, Governor Frank H. Murkowski announced Monday that China Air has offered free tickets for a tour operator familiarization trip to Alaska in February.

The tourism industry familiarization tour will allow travel agents in Taiwan to experience first hand tourism opportunities while visiting Alaska. Locations will include Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Southeast. Highlights of the tour will include the Fur Rendezvous in Anchorage and the World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks.

Murkowski has long encouraged face-to-face meetings between Alaskans and Taiwanese involved in tourism, energy, minerals, timber, and seafood as follow-up to meetings he has held over the past week in Asia. "I am gratified that those tourism meetings will now take place," Murkowski said.

Murkowski was accompanied on the trade mission by Chris von Imhof, general manager of the Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, who welcomed the familiarization tour. "We are very excited about the opportunity to showcase Alaska as a year-round tourist destination," he said.

Murkowski will contact the Alaska Travel Industry Association and work with that organization on preparing an itinerary for the familiarization tour. The ATIA is holding its annual meeting in Vancouver, BC, October 13-17.



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