'Lion King' boosts Anchorage business

Posted: Wednesday, October 14, 2009

ANCHORAGE - "The Lion King" has come to the end of its six-week run at the Anchorage Performing Arts Center.

The musical sold about 85,000 tickets and provided a shot in the arm to the city's economy. Michael Hurst, the director of marketing for both Orso and Glacier Brewhouse, said the business generated by "Lion King" fans made a huge difference for both restaurants.

He added that the timing of the production came at an opportune time, helping downtown merchants after a sluggish summer tourism season.

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