KETCHIKAN - The impact of fewer people visiting southeast Alaska and what can be done to change that is the focus of an upcoming summit sponsored by First Things First Alaska Foundation, a Juneau nonprofit.
The foundation invited municipal, state and tourism industry representatives to Juneau for a economic summit on tourism July 24.
Executive Director PeggyAnn McConnochie says the foundation's mission is to promote the wise use of Alaska's resources. She said tourism is one of those resources and it's an appropriate time to focus on it because the slump affects a variety of businesses - from airlines and cruise ships to restaurants and retail outlets.
Similar summits are being planned in Anchorage and Fairbanks by the convention and visitors bureaus in those cities.