Juneau's tourism plan under way

Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2001

The people working on Juneau's long-range tourism plan are seeking your opinion.

"If you had a clean slate and said, 'Let's have tourism in Juneau,' what would the characteristics of that tourism be? What would you like to see back from the community's investment?" team leader Bob Harvey said.

Specifically, Harvey would like Juneau residents to look at how other communities have approached tourism issues. A set of case studies about tourism planning elsewhere is available on the project's Web site (www.cbjtourism.com).

The city will begin a series of Web polls about tourism-related issues early next month, city tourism director Maria Gladziszewski said. Passwords and additional information will be sent to Juneau residents in the mail.

"People should try to keep the (information), even if they don't think they're interested. They might be later," she said.

The first public meeting will be Oct. 4 at Centennial Hall.

Eventually, Juneau residents will be presented with "alternative tourism futures" and asked to select and prioritize the alternatives, said the project's working paper. Each alternative will be analyzed for social, economic and environmental implications.

"The goal is to find a course for the future of tourism and the community that can mesh with community goals and enable tourism businesses to thrive," Gladziszewski said.

Juneau's long-range tourism plan should take one year to complete. The city hired Egret Communications of Oregon in association with ARA Consulting Group/KPMG to work on the plan with funding from the city's cruise ship passenger fee.

The project's Web site also features the results of initial interviews with Juneau residents and information about tourism-related trends in Alaska and elsewhere in the world.

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