Welcome to the State of Alaska Travel News Bulletin. The tourism office sends this out periodically to keep media up-to-date on Alaska tourism and travel news. Media are invited to call (800) 327-9372 www.TravelAlaska.com/media for more information.
June 29, 2012

In this July Travel News Bulletin you will find:

1. New and increased flights bring more international travelers to Alaska
2. Concert in the park honors Denali
3. Flight specials, ferries make Glacier Bay even more accessible
4. Anchorage markets turned 20

1. New and increased flights bring more international travelers to Alaska
New and increased services to Alaska by several international airlines have been announced, allowing even more international travelers to visit. Russia’s Yakutia Airlines is completely new to the state offering seven summer flights to Anchorage from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Korean Air will operate flights between Japan and Alaska for the first time (four summer flights) joining its current seven summer flights from Korea to Alaska. Japan Airlines will start service from a few new cities (Naha, Kagoshima, Matsuyama, Okayama, and Niigata), offering 21 summer flights. German airline Condor has increased its total number of flights to 73 this summer. According to a new state research study released in April by the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development, international visitation to Alaska is on the rise, increasing 10 percent to 154,000 visitors during the summer of 2011. Australia recently topped the United Kingdom as the primary origin of international visitors, followed by Europe and Asia. For more information on visiting Alaska, go to www.TravelAlaska.com.
 
Media Contact:
Contact: Dru Fenster, Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development
Phone: 907-465-2523
Email: dru.fenster@alaska.gov
Twitter: @AlaskaTravlNews
Facebook: www.facebook.com/alaskatravelnews
URL: www.TravelAlaska.com
 

2. Concert in the park honors Denali
This month, the 2012 Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival will host the first orchestra to perform inside Denali National Park and Presersve, thanks to a new partnership with the Denali Arts and Humanities Alliance. Under the baton of Boise Philharmonic Music Director Robert Franz, also associate conductor of the Houston Symphony, the 16-piece string orchestra will perform a specially created piece about Denali, composed by Stephen Lias, the 2012 Artist in Residence for the Gates of the Arctic, Wrangell-St. Elias and Glacier Bay national parks. The free concert in Denali will take place at 7 p.m., on July 21, at the Denali Visitor Center and a reception will follow. Each year, the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival welcomes approximately 1,000 participants on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus for two weeks of study and performance opportunities with over 100 guest artists and workshops in music, visual arts, literary arts, theater arts, culinary arts and dance and healing arts. For more information, visit www.fsaf.org.
 
Media Contact:
Contact: Kris Capps, Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival
Phone: 907-388-2781
Email: kcapps@mtaonline.com
Twitter: @FSAF2012
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Fairbanks-Summer-Arts-Festival
URL: www.fsaf.org


3. Flight specials, ferries make Glacier Bay even more accessible
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is a favorite stop among visitors to Alaska’s Inside Passage. Alaska Airlines flight specials and new stops by the Alaska Marine Highway System to the nearby town of Gustavus will make travel to the popular destination easier this summer. Through Aug. 25, travelers can choose to book a day-long or multi-day stopover in Glacier Bay at no additional cost when booking a flight to Juneau from any Alaska Airlines city. Flights must be booked on the same itinerary and reservations made by calling 1-800-ALASKAAIR. Ferry service has been extended to Gustavus, including numerous ports of call throughout the Inside Passage and a stop in Bellingham, Wash. Once in Gustavus, transfers to Glacier Bay are provided at no additional charge for guests of Glacier Bay Lodge and at an additional charge for Glacier Bay day tour only guests. The only lodge located within the park, Glacier Bay Lodge in Bartlett Cove has announced this year’s lineup of cultural presentations and performances by Huna Tlingit cultural heritage guides through a joint effort by the lodge, the National Park Service and Huna Totem Corporation. The guides will share traditional stories and songs through a program called “Tlingit Fireside Stories,” as well as discuss traditional art, tools and regalia. For more information on Glacier Bay Lodge and Tours, visit www.visitglacierbay.com.  
 
Media Contact:
Contact:  Lauren Pearce, Glacier Bay Lodge and Tours
Phone: 602-462-2252
Email: lpearce@riester.com
Twitter: @aramarkparks
Facebook: www.facebook.com/VisitGlacierBay
URL: www.visitglacierbay.com
 
Contact: John Quinley, National Park Service
Phone: 907-644-3512
Email: John_Quinley@nps.gov
Twitter: @GlacierBayNPS
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GlacierBayNationalPark
URL: www.nps.gov/glba
 

4. Anchorage markets turned 20
For 20 years, Alaskans and visitors have flocked to downtown Anchorage for the Anchorage Market and Festival, located on 3rd Ave in the Southcentral Alaska city. The venue offers fresh Alaska-grown produce, Alaska-made arts and crafts, live entertainment and food. Throughout the past two decades, the market, which charges no entry fee, has grown to be one of the most visited events in Alaska, with an estimated half a million shoppers each May through September. While continuous growth has lead to more varied product offerings, including exotic goods from around the world, the tradition of highlighting Alaska Grown and Made in Alaska products has held strong with 75 percent of the more than 300 booths providing local goods. The Alaska Grown and Made in Alaska programs are devoted to making the state’s resources easily accessible to consumers, through marketing efforts and certification labels ensuring products’ authenticity. For more information on the Anchorage Market and Festival, visit www.anchoragemarkets.com/main.html
 
Media Contact:
Contact: Bill Webb, Anchorage Markets
Phone: 907-272-5634
Email: bill@anchoragemarkets.com
Twitter: @AnchorageMarket
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Anchorage-Markets
URL: www.anchoragemarkets.com/main.html
 

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