LISTEN: Alaska communities prepare for another lean tourism season amid slow economic recovery

The bow of a white cruise ship
The Norwegian Pearl tied up at Skagway’s Broadway dock in July 2017. Two more cruise ships are moored at the railroad dock in the background. (Emily Files/KHNS)

The state’s economy was already struggling, but the loss of tourism dollars during the pandemic has only increased the difficulty for many Alaska businesses and individuals. No major cruise lines will return to the state in 2021. How will tourist-dependent communities weather this extended dry season? When federal relief does arrive, will it be enough for businesses to survive?

HOST: Lori Townsend


  • Mouhcine Guettabi, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Alaska Anchorage Institute of Social and Economic Research
  • Nils Andreassen, Executive Director, Alaska Municipal League


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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 at 10 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 program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at or call 907-350-2058.

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