Tourism meetings to look at options

Comments to be taken on options in city's long-range plan

Posted: Monday, January 21, 2002

City consultants will be in town this week for a series of meetings about Juneau's long-range tourism plan.

Planners have scheduled discussions with the Juneau Assembly and the public Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, according to Egret Communications, the Oregon-based consulting firm working on the project. The discussions will focus on a draft outline of the plan, team leader Bob Harvey said.

"In meeting back and forth, we'll form the outline for that plan," he said. "We hope to have something that everyone can count on for a set of directions when the Assembly says go."

In December, planners presented five options for Juneau's tourism future, starting with the status quo. Other options included managing for destination travel success, managing for cruise travel success and managing for both destination and cruise travel success. The fifth alternative is to freeze cruise travel volume and manage for destination travel success.

The planning team is leaning heavily toward the option that would manage for destination and cruise travel success, with adjustments, Harvey said. Independent, group and packaged travel fits into the definition of destination travel, according to planning documents.

The Assembly will meet in work session at 5 p.m. Tuesday to review and discuss the plan. A second work session and public forum is scheduled at 5 p.m. Thursday to gather public comments and consider a draft outline for adoption. Both meetings will be in Assembly chambers.

More information about the project is available at www.cbjtourism.com.



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