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Spotlight: Josh Howes

Tell us about Premier Alaska Tours: Premier Alaska Tours operates land tours throughout Alaska and the Yukon. We have approximately 500 employees during the summer. The cruise industry is a vital part of our organization, with more than 70 percent…

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Spotlight: Jim Lavrakas

‘Cruise ships help many get their first taste of Homer’ Business: The Homer Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Information Center provides economic development and support for the chamber’s 500+ business members and is the marketing arm for the City of…

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Ross: ‘Cruise ships significant boost to Haines economy’

How did you end up in Alaska? While going to college in Missoula, Mont., I decided I wanted to work in Alaska. In 1994, I jumped on the Alaska Marine Highway with $150 in my pocket and a job offer…

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Spotlight: Israel Mahay

Mahay: ‘Cruise industry great for Talkeetna’ Briefly describe business: For nearly 40 years, Mahay’s Jet Boat Adventures has offered sightseeing into the remote areas of the Susitna and Chulitna rivers. Our adventurers experience class 4 and 5 white water rapids…

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Spotlight: Candice McDonald

Job at rail yard leads to Salmon Berry Tours Briefly describe business: Salmon Berry Travel & Tours is an Alaskan-owned and operated company providing land-based tours in Southcentral Alaska and itinerary planning statewide. Tour specialties include small van and multi-day…

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Spotlight: Toni Walker

Walker: Thanks to the cruise industry, Alaska is a destination desired by many Briefly describe business: Logistics, LLC, provides comprehensive destination-management services, event and meeting-planning services and rentals and decor to both Alaska and Washington clientele. Logistics partners with companies…

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Reeder: ‘Cruise industry vital to mission’

Briefly describe business: We are a raptor rehabilitation center dedicated to helping Alaska’s wild birds. We also offer educational tours to Sitka’s visitors, most of whom arrive by cruise ship. When did you first become involved in the visitor industry?…

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Reisland: ‘It’s important to keep tourism industry healthy’

Briefly describe business: We are the oldest pioneer Alaska family tourism business in the Denali National Park area. My parents, Jack and Ede Reisland, homesteaded our property back in 1958 when Alaska was still a territory. With a chainsaw and…

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Jones: ‘We connect Alaskans and visitors alike to Alaska’s oceans’

Tara Riemer Jones, president and CEO of the Alaska SeaLife Center Briefly describe business:The Alaska SeaLife Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to generate and share scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems. As…

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Minton: ‘We’re all in the business of hospitality.’

Briefly describe business: Visit Anchorage’s mission is to attract and serve visitors to the Municipality of Anchorage. With more than 135 miles of paved trails, the nation’s third-largest state park, first-class amenities and a blend of cultures found only in Alaska, Anchorage lives a Big Wild Life™.

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