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
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.
Editor: Jorge Sidron
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