Summer season in Alaska brought $1.6B in revenue to the state

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.

The figures 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 said.

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 ATIA said.

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