Debate over cruise ship passenger fee fails to fade

Two major tourism industry groups say they have no plans to ask lawmakers to reduce or eliminate Alaska’s cruise-ship passenger fee. Some municipal leaders in Juneau and Ketchikan want the fee reexamined. They say dropping or shrinking the $50-per-person charge would help a struggling industry. But Ron Peck of the Alaska Travel Industry Association says his group is not asking for a change. The same is true for John Binkley of the Alaska Cruise Association.

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau

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