Alaska Heritage Tours acquires Seward lodge

ANCHORAGE -- Alaska Heritage Tours, a subsidiary of CIRI, an Alaska native corporation, bought the Windsong Lodge near Seward. The purchase price was not disclosed.

The tour company was formed to expand and market CIRI's tourism interests. The corporation has made aggressive strides into the hospitality and visitor fields in recent years.

Earlier, Alaska Heritage Tours acquired Stan Stephens Cruises, a long-established operator, now renamed Prince William Sound Cruises and Tours. That company operates day cruises out of both Valdez and Whittier.

The Windsong Lodge is a 72-room roadhouse located two miles north of the city of Seward, conveniently located for the road to Kenai Fjords National Park and to Exit Glacier. A casual dining restaurant was added to the lodge in 1998.

Seward is growing in importance in the Alaska tourism scheme of things because of pending road and rail access improvements between the southern Kenai Peninsula city and the population center of Anchorage.

It also is gaining in significance because of the opening a little more than a year ago of the Alaska SeaLife Center, a marine wildlife research and visitor facility that quickly established itself as a "must- see" for outsiders and residents alike.

Alaska Heritage Tours offers a variety of one- to seven-night packages to Kenai National Fjords, Denali National Park, Prince William Sound and elsewhere.

Call the operator for Windsong Lodge reservations.

Alaska Heritage Tours
Phone: (877) AK-TOURS
Web: www.ahtours.com

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