At least cruising is looking positive for Alaska's economy, oil is dismal. I keep hammering away at our politicians that we need to open up more of our scenic wonders for visitation. The visitor hot spots are close to saturation, for instance, Ketchikan, Juneau, Glacier Bay, Skagway and Denali. So many up here got complacent for way too long with the black gold revenues believing the fat days were here to stay, hard to get back to reality. They keep hoping for another, Klondike, Prudhoe Bay or Kennicott Copper find, some I believe think the tooth fairy should even help.
At least cruising is looking positive for Alaska's economy.
As close as you are to the North Pole, I see no reason Santa Clause shouldn't help out either
I've only been fortunate enough to visit Alaska once about 25 years ago. It is a wonderful area, full of beautiful scenery, and totally devoid of people. I think that AKs biggest problem to tourism is the distance from the lower 48, and a lack of good tourism advertising.
Then again, maybe you all want to keep it all a secret to avoid becoming a tourist destination with all the included problems.
One other headache is at the moment the Canadian Dollar is not strong against the USD. So Canadians travelling out of Vancouver are paying a great deal more for the trip.
We cancelled our Alaska trip this summer for that reason.