Travel Weekly's Alaska E-letter: Dec. 12, 2007

ANCHORAGE will get a much-needed boost in hotel room inventory next year when two new hotels open for business. Hotel rooms are being constructed in the city for the first time in four years, according to the Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau. A 169-room Embassy Suites is scheduled to open in February. In September, a 166-room Holiday Inn will open. The new hotels will bring the room count in Anchorage to about 8,000.

TRAVELERS LOOKING to purchase goods and services from Alaska companies can log on to BuyAlaska.com for a list of local businesses and travel-related companies. BuyAlaska.com recently relaunched its Web site with the goal of having 10,000 Alaska-based companies represented. Travelers can look up Alaska-owned tour operators and sightseeing companies or search for companies producing made-in-Alaska goods to ship home. The site enables local, small businesses to have a Web presence they might not ordinarily have.

ABERCROMBIE & KENT unveiled its 2008 itineraries for Alaska cruises. The company's new Alaska Inside Passage tour, from Seward to Vancouver, will be available July 29 to Aug. 9 aboard the 118-passenger Clipper Odyssey. The price of the cruise is $6,995 per person, double, including guided, small-group tours to areas that are mostly only accessible by Zodiac landing craft. The company is offering an early-booking discount of up to $500 per person when Alaska Inside Passage is booked by Dec. 31. To book or for more information, call (800) 554-7094 or visit www.akodyssey.com.

ALASKA AIRLINES on Dec. 9 inaugurated nonstop, year-round service between Anchorage and Honolulu. The flights depart Anchorage at 3:20 p.m. and arrive in Honolulu at 8:40 p.m. Return flights depart Honolulu at 10:10 p.m. and arrive in Anchorage at 5:30 p.m. Flights are operated aboard a Boeing 737-800 plane with room for 16 passengers in first class and 141 in coach.

Alaska Editor: Jorge Sidron

Phone: (973) 898-0011

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