Summer Tourist Numbers Show Improvement

Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage

The falling trend in visitor numbers to Alaska and Anchorage seems to have bottomed out, according to a trio of speakers at Monday’s Anchorage Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

The overall message was similar to other, earlier predictions for 2011 and 2012. This year should see a mild increase in visitors followed by a more substantial jump next year. However, 2012’s numbers are not expected to equal the pre-recession, high-mark figures of 2008.

Even so, Alaska could see a four-to five percent visitor increase over 2010 with Anchorage a little stronger than the state percentage.

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