Tourism could prove bright spot in Alaska’s dark economic outlook
Many sectors of Alaska’s economy are bracing for a downturn as oil prices drop and lawmakers try to solve a $3.5 billion budget deficit. But Anchorage’s tourism industry may have less to worry about.
That was the main message delivered by Julie Saupe, the CEO of Visit Anchorage, at a luncheon hosted by the city's nonprofit marketing organization on Thursday to deliver its annual report.
“Tourism is on the rise … we are anticipating a good year,” Saupe said.
The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development projects the leisure and hospitality sector in Alaska -- which includes hotels, restaurants and bars -- to grow by 300 jobs this year, with about 200 of those in Anchorage.