More than 1.7 million tourists visited
Alaska during the busy summer travel season, spending a record $1.6
billion in the state, the Alaska Tourism Industry Association said.
represent an overall increase in arrivals of roughly 3% compared to
summer 2006, with cruise passengers accounting for the great
majority -- or approximately 1 million visitors -- this past
summer, the ATIA said.
The summer tourist
season in Alaska runs from May through September.
The average visitor
to Alaska this summer spent about $1,000 each, on everything from
restaurants and lodging to tours and shopping, the ATIA
The numbers for
both cruise passengers and independent travelers are up more than
30% from 2002. The number of visitors arriving by highway this past
summer remained flat with last year at about 100,000 travelers, the
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