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The visitor industry is a major player in the economy of Alaska and many of its communities. In Fairbanks, it’s the second largest employer and adds about half a billion dollars into the local economy each year.

The Alaska Chamber has adopted a number of 2019 priorities and positions that directly support the state’s visitor industry.

Chamber members propose positions at their annual Policy Forum, then the Chamber Board selects the top state and federal priorities.

Below are the 2019 priorities and positions that affect the visitor industry:

  • Support a reasonable cruise ship passenger-fee level and use of those fees consistent with state and federal law
  • Support a sustainable funding model for Alaska-tourism marketing
  • Oppose new vessel restrictions not based on science about harbor seals
  • Support the Port of Alaska and its strategic importance
  • Support the U.S. Congress to secure a viable, long-term solution for the Federal Airport & Airway Trust Fund
  • Support establishment of a state fund for transportation
  • Support comprehensive workers’ compensation reform that reduces insurance costs and emphasizes effective treatment programs
  • Support the Iditarod Trail Committee in its efforts to preserve the rich tradition and future of the Alaska sled dog, mushing and the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
  • Support sustainable sea otter harvest and sale of handicrafts

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