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Parnell wants cruise ship head tax reduced

...skeptical that something like a head tax is running ships off. "What about demographics or the worldwide recession or travel trends?" he said. Chip Thoma, president of the group Responsible Cruising in Alaska, said the tax is tallied on a passenger's...

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Letters

...vacation (five nights or more) is declining. "Time starvation" is leading to shorter trips, closer to home. This travel trend is virtually unknown in Juneau except to owners of large boats or private planes. It's a fact. Recreational travel...

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How to entice the independent travelers?

...those offered by cruise ships, where the company takes care of all traveling logistics, are a major component of travel trends nationwide, Palmer said. Alaska Discovery, a guiding company that has been operating in Juneau for 33 years, has...

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State, cruise industry seek deal to end lawsuit

...tourist flight business directly to the state head tax - not to the recession or to other factors, like changes in travel trends. He said business was down 20 percent last year, and that he expects an additional drop of 15 to 20 percent this...

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Questions shroud fate of Alaska cruise tax bill

...passengers this season. Others doubt the tax would keep passengers from taking a cruise and have suggested the recession, travel trends or other factors as playing a role. There's a stipulation in the agreement calling for member cruise lines to work...

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