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JUNEAU - In an effort to continue Gov. Sean Parnell's focus on promoting Alaska tourism, Lt. Gov. Craig E. Campbell traveled to Vancouver to attend the Cruise3sixty conference, an annual gathering of more than 1,400 travel agents and cruise ship officials from around the world.
The event ran Wednesday through Sunday.
Campbell said the state must "aggressively advocate" to bring more tourist dollars here as Alaska faces losing more than 140,000 cruisers and $150 million in direct and indirect spending with loss of cruise ship business this year. The visitor industry accounts for $3.4 billion in spending and more than 40,000 jobs in Alaska.
Reversing the decline in visitor travel has been a focus of the Parnell administration this year.
Parnell led a delegation of state officials and private-sector tourism advocates to another industry trade show in Miami earlier this year, where they met with cruise executives. The governor also supported a $7 million funding increase for tourism marketing and successfully advocated for reducing Alaska's cruise ship passenger head tax.