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Yakutat to welcome first-ever cruise ships this year

...tourists."Historically Yakutat has been unwelcoming to cruise lines, and so this is a big step," said Yakutat Chamber...What we've come to realize in talking with the cruise line is they're actually looking for kind of a 'day in...

http://juneauempire.com/art/2015-05-06/yakutat-welcome-cruise-ships-year
Local
Norovirus strikes cruise ship bound for Alaska

...total number of passengers reporting symptoms of gastrointestinal illness was at 131 as of Monday, according to the cruise line.The passengers were aboard the Princess Cruises-owned Star Princess, which departed San Francisco for Hawaii in...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-05-12/norovirus-strikes-cruise-ship-bound-ala
Local
Juneau passenger traffic expected to reach a million visitors in 2015

...year, industry groups predict.John Binkley, with Cruise Lines International Association of Alaska, told the Juneau...ships docking. Pricing is up, occupancy up and the cruise lines aren't having to discount to fill ships, which keeps...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-05-03
Local
My Turn: Losing our heads over taxes

...Juneau sales tax is paid by visitors.? About 93 percent of all visitors to Juneau are cruise ship passengers.? Cruise lines pay $14 million in dockage, moorage and passenger fees annually in Juneau. We already know what will happen if we...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-04-16/my-turn-losing-our-heads-over-taxes
Opinion
1 million passengers expected on Alaska cruises in 2015

...that former state lawmaker and current president of Cruise Lines International Association Alaska John Binkley expects...to allow more Panamax ships to tie up downtown. The cruise line wanted an entirely new dock built, not an extension...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-27/1-million-passengers-expected-alaska-cr
State
Empire Editorial: Take head taxes off the chopping block

...keeping it all is nothing short of a capitol shakedown. The state already has a corporate tax applied exclusively to cruise lines and a 33 percent casino tax on all gambling profits aboard ships. The Senate's proposal feels greedy and short-sighted...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-04-05/empire-editorial-take-head-taxes-chop
Opinion
Goldbelt Hotel to be sold

...infusing quite a bit of capital in terms of renovation."He said it would benefit the cruise line, and paired with Wanamaker's assertions, a cruise line would benefit the hotel."Goldbelt's core competency isn't really hospitality related...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-03-13/goldbelt-hotel-be-sold
Local
Tasting rooms lead to boom year for distillery

...For the first time this summer, High Mark Distillery will serve as a stopping point for the Princess and Holland cruise line buses that travel from Seward to Homer.The tasting room is inside the 5,000 square-foot warehouse and has a fireplace...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-02-02/tasting-rooms-lead-boom-year-distillery
State
Southeast by the (updated) numbers

...McDowell Group and Cruiseline Agencies of Alaska. The estimate for 2015 is up to 1 million visitors, according to the Cruise Lines International Association. If accurate, Juneau will see nearly as many visitors as its peak year in 2008. It is likely...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-12-19/southeast-updated-numbers
Local
New brew, same beer

...investment for the state of Alaska."Skagway's airport expansion, completed in 2001, was envisioned in years when cruise lines ran a fly/cruise program out of Skagway. Tourists would arrive in Skagway by ferry, see the sights, then head back...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-10-26/new-brew-same-beer
Local

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