Tag: cruise ships

Task force finalizes tourism recommendations

A little over a year after it was created, Sitka’s Tourism Task Force has completed its work, without settling on a “magic number” of annual cruise passengers. Instead, the assembly-appointed group adopted recommendations including reducing “peak days,”  engaging with the visitor industry, and  establishing a permanent commission to take its place. Read More

Sitkans push for vote on cruise visitor limits

As a record-breaking cruise season in Sitka comes to a close, and the promise of another equally busy summer on the horizon in 2024, some are wondering how, if at all, Sitka can sustain its tourist boom. Now a group of Sitkans is calling for a cap on the number of cruise passengers next year. They want to put that question out to the voters in a special election this winter. Read More

Dock owner says better ship timing and a new theater will reduce Sitka’s bus traffic

Although summer is winding down, Sitka’s cruise season is still going strong. On September 5, over 9,000 passengers – and still more crew members – packed the main downtown thoroughfare, which was closed to traffic for the day.For better or worse, this scene is not likely to change in the near future. On September 6, Sitka’s cruise terminal operator told the Sitka Chamber of Commerce that he expects another huge season next year. And although he’s working on a plan to distribute more passengers to activities closer to the terminal, and to reduce the volume of bus traffic, he says he has no plans to turn away any ships. Read More

A Curious approach to vending makes ‘cents’ in Sitka

Following a couple of slow COVID years, Sitka businesses got a long awaited boost this summer. While the surge in cruise tourism revived some traditional enterprises, it also inspired new businesses, from food carts to sustainable snorkeling. One Sitkan’s entrepreneurial spirit took her in a “curious” direction, however, managing a distinctively offbeat  vending machine. Read More

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