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Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer will kick off the second "Working Together: Tourism in Southeast Alaska" symposium on Jan. 29 at Centennial Hall. The symposium will run for three days.
"The goal of the symposium is to provide a forum for communities, land managers, the visitor industry, citizens and organizations to come together to learn specific tools of tourism planning, share experiences, ideas, and state of the art knowledge and expertise," said Marti Marshall, U.S. Forest Service recreation and tourism planner and co-chairperson of the symposium.
Speakers for the first day's luncheon will come from Angoon, Sitka and Yakutat to discuss Native perspectives on tourism, Marshall said. Keynote speakers Neal Fried and Caryl McConkie will talk about the economics of tourism, while David Chrislip, a national and international consultant, will address building the civic community and the power of collaboration.
The symposium also will present 18 different sessions covering the entire spectrum of tourism issues, Marshall said. "One session will include a case study of Bar Harbor, Maine, population 3,000, which has successfully wrestled with tourism issues encountered in Southeast Alaska including cruise ships, federal lands and local values."
Cost is $75. For advance registration, call Marshall at 586-8872 or co-chairperson Chip Weber of Wrangell at 907 874-7500. Registration details can be found on the Internet at www.fs.fed.us/r10/workingtogether.
The symposium is sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service, the Tongass Economic Recovery Grant Fund, the state Department of Community and Economic Development, the Alaska Wilderness Recreation and Tourism Association, The Boat Company and Alaska Airlines.