Tourism committee in the works

Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2003

JUNEAU - The Juneau Chamber of Commerce is working to form a committee to address tourism issues in Juneau.

Chamber Executive Director Jamie Parsons told the Juneau Assembly's Human Resources Committee on Monday he has been talking to community members who might be interested in a collaborative approach to tourism issues.

The Juneau Assembly has discussed setting up a new tourism committee to implement a long-range tourism plan, but hasn't been able to agree on a structure. Civic consultant David Chrislip, who visited Juneau in the fall, suggested a collaborative model might be one option. But Chrislip said such an approach needs to come from community members, not elected leaders.

Assembly member Marc Wheeler, who has pushed for collaboration in tourism discussions, said he has been in contact with Parsons about the new panel. The group would address issues such as waterfront development and flightseeing, but not tourism marketing, he said.

Assembly member Jeannie Johnson told Parsons that the new panel needs to include representatives from all sectors of the community.

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