Tourists decline less than 1 percent

Posted: Friday, January 09, 2009

JUNEAU - Alaska had just more than 1.7 million visitors last year, a drop of less than 1 percent from 2007, according to the Alaska Visitor Statistics Program Visitor Volume report released by the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development.

Caryl McConkie, the department's tourism development manager, says projections for next summer indicate the trend will be lower still.

In discussions with the Alaska Travel Industry Association and various visitors' bureaus from around the state, some are expecting as much as a 30 percent decrease in bookings.

In addition, she says, cancellations are up as well.

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