Travel Weekly's Alaska E-letter: Oct. 31, 2007

DENALI PARK RESORTS said it planned to spend $13 million during the next two years to renovate several of its Denali Park properties. The renovation projects include new guest rooms and upscale amenities to the McKinley Village Lodge and McKinley Chalet Resort, and a new building at the McKinley Chalet Resort for white-water-rafting and hiking programs. The renovations will add 38 new guest rooms between the two properties as well as flat-screen TVs and luxury bathrooms in all rooms. Construction is under way and is scheduled for completion by next June. Meanwhile, Denali Park Resorts plans to break ground next summer on 72 new rooms, a new restaurant and bar and a new lobby and gift shop at the McKinley Village Lodge. Work is expected to be completed by summer 2009.

GET UP AND GO TOURS in Anchorage launched its Alaska multisport, hiking and family adventure tours for 2008. Among whats new is a seven-day Arctic Explorer adventure tour starting in Prudhoe Bay and ending in Fairbanks that includes hiking, canoeing and wildlife viewing. A highlight of the tour is a visit to Prudhoe Bay and its oilfield complex, the origin of the 800-mile Alaska Pipeline. Optional activities include a full-day wilderness train trip from Fairbanks to Anchorage following the tour. Tour prices start at $850 per person, including meals, equipment and camping fees, ground transportation and park entrance fees. For information or reservations on this and other Get Up and Go packages, call (888) 868-4147 or visit

CITING HIGHER JET FUEL COSTS, Alaska Airlines raised one-way fares within Alaska and on longer-haul routes from $5 to $10. Fares for flights along the West Coast, within most of the state of Alaska and between Southwest Alaska and the Lower 48 went up $5 each way, while fares for longer flights in the U.S. and to Canada and Mexico rose $10 each way. With the price of a barrel of oil surpassing $90, jet fuel is Alaska Air Groups largest single expense, accounting for more than 30% of overall operating costs, said Bill Ayer, Alaska Air Groups chairman.

TED STEVENS ANCHORAGE AIRPORT plans to relocate about a third of its Alaska Native art collection from its current location on the mezzanine level of Concourse C to a new, windowless art gallery in the South Terminals Northern Lights Corridor in an effort to protect the collection from overexposure to sunlight, airport officials said. The collection includes more than 150 objects believed to be the largest of its kind. The collections new home will include museum-quality cases with UV-free lighting for the more than four-dozen relocated items. The move is expected to be completed by January. In the meantime, the current mezzanine gallery display will be redesigned to protect the objects that will remain there.

Alaska Editor: Jorge Sidron

Phone: (973) 898-0011

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