Cruise Passengers To Alaska Should Hit All-Time High This Season

JUNEAU, Alaska (KINY) - Cruise Lines International Association Alaska (CLIA Alaska) announced Wednesday that Alaska as a cruise destination will see an additional 35,000 visitors in 2017, breaking an all-time record and slightly increasing Alaska’s global market share.

Overall, Alaska ranked as the world’s sixth top destination in 2016 with 4.2% after Caribbean.

According to CLIA Alaska President John Binkley, “It’s exciting to see that this year Alaska has really gained a market share, even slightly. We have been on a decline over the past several years, but now we have started to grow and that’s good news. This means more visitors coming to Alaska on cruise ships and more Alaskans employed in the industry.”

Thirty-three ships will make 498 calls to Alaska in 2017, carrying 1,060,000 cruise visitors. Cruise visitors bring substantial economic benefit to the state, even after their initial trip.

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