Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Off to Juneau, tourism bill looks promising




Just a quick jaunt to Juneau today, hopefully. On the last trip, I ended up being weathered in for several days.  I almost didn't want to go to this meeting for the Alaska Travel Industry Association, but what would that say if I'm not intrepid enough a traveler or Alaska-tough enough to hop an hour and a half flight to Juneau? Getting fogged in to Juneau wasn't scary from a safety perspective, it just threw things out of wack at our B&B for me to be gone an extra two days last time ATIA met in Juneau in January!  Just cross your fingers for me that I'll be home by Thursday, in time for eight check-ins at the B&B!

This ATIA board meeting is being held in Juneau, as we move around the state, so that we can also see how it's going with the Alaska Legislature. The session ends April 20th so we're hoping that a tourism bill passes successfully. Senate Bill 194 has passed the Senate, so we'll have reason to celebrate at the Legislative Reception ATIA is throwing this evening at the famed Baranof Hotel.  This bill would help us move toward sustainable funding and a more stable board. The bill would create a new tourism marketing board that incorporated industry leaders and also state leaders.


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