LISTEN: It was supposed to be a record year for Alaska tourism. Then COVID-19 hit.

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Alaska tourism businesses were anticipating a record year for visitors in 2020. Then the pandemic forced shutdowns and travel restrictions for visitors decimated prospects for the annual revenue boost so many Alaskans depend on. How much has federal CARES Act funding helped Alaska’s visitor industry and will these businesses survive the winter? We’ll discuss the summer of too much vacancy on the next Talk of Alaska.

HOST: Lori Townsend

  • Debbie Speakman, Executive Director, Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council
  • Liz Perry, President & CEO, Travel Juneau
  • Sarah Leonard, President & CEO, Alaska Travel Industry Association


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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, Aug 18, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.
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Lori Townsend is the news director and senior host for Alaska Public Media. You can send her news tips and program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at or call 907-550-8452.

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