Sunday, July 12, 2009

Alaska tourists, fewer, spending less mone

Anchorage Daily News - Anchorage,AK,USA
Unclogged sidewalks, glacier tour cancellations and reservation-free dining in downtown Anchorage were some of the signs of a souring tourism season this year.

As predicted, the dismal economy in the Lower 48 has prevented many visitors from traveling to Alaska this summer, and many locally owned businesses around the state are suffering as a result.

"(Tourists) are trying to be as cheap and frugal as possible," said Madeline Kelleyhouse, who manages the Tok Chamber of Commerce visitor center. She has observed more than the typical number of travelers camping overnight in highway pullouts, gravel pits and state parks instead of paying for a spot at an RV park.

Scott Reisland, a Denali campground, cabin and RV park owner, said he had to lay off half of his staff and his family is chipping in longer hours to keep the business afloat. At the end of June, his company, the Denali Grizzly Bear Resort, had only half of the bookings it had at the same time last year.

"In our 41-year history as a family-owned business, we've never had such a bad year," Reisland said.
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