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State touts Alaska 'marketing opportunities'

Posted: March 7, 2013 - 1:09am  |  Updated: March 7, 2013 - 2:16am

As part of an initiative to promote Alaska’s key industries and economic potential, senior Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development officials will meet with mining companies, travel media, national and international seafood leaders, and the cruise industry at a series of major East Coast conferences and events this month, the department announced.

According to the DCCED statement, Commissioner Susan Bell, Economic Development Director Lorene Palmer and staff participated in a convention and trade show in Toronto put on by the Prospectors and Developers Association last weekend, hosting potential investors and mining companies in an Alaska-themed room and making a presentation on mining activities and opportunities in Alaska.

On Thursday, Bell and Palmer held a collaborative marketing event with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute at acclaimed seafood restaurant Le Bernardin in New York City, the release states.

Bell and Palmer are set to join ASMI at the largest seafood show in the United States, the Boston Seafood Show, Sunday through Tuesday in Massachusetts.

More than 30 Alaska seafood companies will participate, according to the DCCED, and an Alaska-themed reception will be hosted by ASMI on Monday to give seafood company representatives a chance to interact with distributors and share their products. “Premium Alaska seafood prepared by celebrity chefs” will be served, according to the release.

Palmer is also scheduled to attend Cruise Shipping Miami 2013, a global conference put on by the cruise industry, to publicize Alaska as a cruise ship destination.

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