Husky Homestead

As this summer’s tourism season winds down, Denali Borough officials and business persons are assessing the economic impact of the sharp, pandemic-driven decline in the number of visitors to Denali National Park. The downturn has been especially painful for communities that are heavily dependent on the tourism industry, like those in the Denali Borough.

"Explore Local" Campaign Launches Today

May 27, 2020

A campaign to get Alaskans to try new activities close to home starts today. With so many tourist businesses on the line, Explore Fairbanks, the local visitors office, is making its marketing local.

The Fairbanks City Council unanimously defeated Mayor Jim Matherly’s proposal Monday to increase the city’s hotel/motel tax to raise additional revenue for city services. The mayor says the city needs additional revenue as demand for services grows and state funding shrinks.

Denali Winter Visitation Growing

Oct 26, 2018
Lex Treinen

A nearly four-fold increase in winter and shoulder-season visitors to Denali National Park over the last five years, is pushing infrastructure to capacity, and forcing consideration of new development. Park officials are taking feedback on potential changes at public meetings, including in Fairbanks this week. KUAC’s Lex Treinen reports.

Jody Overstreet/Alaska Photo Treks

Gov. Bill Walker and the two candidates who are running to unseat him pitched their ideas Tuesday on how to promote the state’s tourism industry. Walker and former Republican state Sen. Mike Dunleavy, along with former Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, talked about tourism and other issues during an Alaska Tourism Industry Association candidate forum at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks.

Office of the Governor

Governor Bill Walker is inviting businesspersons from around the state who are interested in boosting trade with Alaska’s largest international trading partner to come along on a China trade mission to be launched in May.  A member of the Walker administration says the governor is especially interested in bringing along representatives of the mining and tourism industries.

Tourism Bump Expected

Jan 30, 2015
Dan Bross / KUAC

More visitors are expected to come to Fairbanks in 2015.  Interior tourism operators were previewed on prospects for the upcoming season during recent conference in Fairbanks (Jan 28th). As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, most of the expected visitor uptick is tied to cruise ship and airline industry changes.

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.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

A Native village corporation near Tok and the utility that serves that area have partnered up on a venture to build a small hydroelectric project that could reduce the area’s high energy costs. Alaska Power and Telephone officials say the partnership will now seek state and private funding and for the $19 million project.

Dan Bross / KUAC

The summer tourism season is winding down, with even the hardiest travelers thinking about heading south. Alaska regularly attracts adventurous people from around the world, including motorcycle tourists.  KUAC’s Dan Bross met up with two German visitors on extended motorcycle journeys.