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Alaska Tourism-industry Reps Gather in Fairbanks for Annual Convention

The Alaska Travel Industry Association kicks off its annual convention here in Fairbanks today.

More than 460 members of the association from around the state will gather at the Westmark Fairbanks Hotel and Convention for the three-day get-together.

Among other things, the Association convened its first-ever public policy summit. The summit, held Monday, brought together tourism-industry representatives, and state and federal officials. An association news release says they discussed land-permitting and access around the state, which is a major issue for the tourism industry.

Summit participants also will consider resolutions recognizing the importance of arts and culture in promoting tourism.

Tim has worked in the news business for over three decades, mainly as a newspaper reporter and editor in southern Arizona. Tim first came to Alaska with his family in 1967, and grew up in Delta Junction before emigrating to the Lower 48 in 1977 to get a college education and see the world.