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In this April Travel News Bulletin you will find:
1. Holland America Line recognized for service, sustainability
Cruise ship company Holland America Line (HAL) recently received two awards recognizing the company’s commitment to the environment and for exceptional passenger experience. In January, the National Tour Association honored Holland America Line with the title of Favorite Cruise Experience at its second annual Distinguished Dozen awards. The event honors 12 categories of destinations, hotels, restaurants and attractions around the nation. The Alaska SeaLife Center, based in Seward, Alaska, also recognized HAL with an Ocean Stewardship and Sustainability Award for its environment-friendly practices. HAL is committed to reducing emissions in Alaska’s waters and has forged partnerships in the Inside Passage to collect and record data for an outreach program designed to help Alaskans use and conserve coastal and marine resources. New for the 2013 season, Holland America Line is expanding its Alaska program with four new 10-to-20 day round-trip Seattle CruiseTours, offering guests the convenience of combining an Inside Passage cruise with an in-depth overland tour via motorcoach. Alaska-inspired cuisine is also featured throughout both the cruise and land components.
 
Media Contact:
Sally Andrews, Holland America Line
Email: pr@hollandamerica.com
Phone: 800-637-5029
Facebook: HALCruises
Twitter: @HALcruises
URL: www.hollandamerica.com
 

2. No sea legs? No problem with Juneau charter company
Visitors to Juneau who want the quintessential Alaska fishing experience without stepping foot on a boat can now do so now with Chum Fun Charters. The Alaskan-owned charter company offers 2-3-hour fishing excursions offering visitors the chance to cast away on the beach for a variety of wild salmon, including king, chum, pink and silver, depending on the season. Chum Fun Charters offers four daily tour times for visitors from a convenient downtown location near the cruise docks and includes transportation to and from the fishing area as well as boots, fishing poles, lures, nets and a fishing license. The shorter fishing excursions allow cruise passengers and other visitors to spend more time exploring the town of Juneau. The tour runs May through September and has a flat rate of $175 plus sales tax per person.
 
Media Contact:
Michelle Turinsky, Chum Fun Charters
Email: m_turinsky@yahoo.com
Phone: 907-398-2486
Facebook: Chum Fun Charters
URL: www.chumfun.com


Social Media Spotlight
April calls for winter sport events in Alaska


Photo credit: Arctic Man


Tailgate Alaska, a festival for snow-sport enthusiasts March 29 - April 7 near Valdez, highlights big-mountain action for winter sports and includes snow science and survival education workshops. The 28th annual Arctic Man Classic & Sno-Go, April 8 – 14, is a downhill ski race near Fairbanks consisting of a team of one downhill skier or snowboarder and one snowmobiler who tackle two mountains in one race. The skier or snowboarder races down one mountain, is towed by snowmobile two miles up to another mountaintop, reaching speeds of up to 86 mph, before racing down the second mountain to the finish.
 
Tailgate Alaska
(March 29 – April 7)
URL: tailgatealaska.com
Facebook: TailgateAK
Twitter: @TailgateAlaska
Vimeo: vimeo.com/18851425
 
Arctic Man Classic & Sno-Go
(April 8-14)
URL: arcticman.com
Facebook: ArcticMan
Twitter: @ArcticManAlaska


3. Eat gourmet in the outdoors
Alaska-based food company, Adventure Appetites, offers pre-packaged, gourmet food for those who seek a backcountry or wilderness adventure without forgoing taste and nutrition. The company plans, prepares and packages each food order based on selections made through their website. Entrees include a fresh sauce, a fresh starch, air- and freeze-dried meats, fresh produce and more. The company recently received an editors’ choice award by Backpacker Magazine for its Reindeer Gouda Scramble Wrap. All ingredients arrive in easy-to-open bags with sauces and desserts vacuum-sealed for freshness. Complete meals are bagged and labeled with detailed cooking instructions and are to be used or frozen within 10 days of receipt. Adventure Appetites offers three menus: a camp menu for those looking for lightweight gourmet options designed to be carried in a pack or kayak; a cabin menu designed for those planning a trip out to a cabin, campground, RV or on a boat that will have a cooler available; and a ready-to-ship menu that consists of shelf-stable meals suitable for shipping to patrons. Adventure Appetites offers local pickup from their Anchorage facility or they can ship meals around Alaska or to the Lower 48. Single serving prices range from $3 for a cheese and cracker plate to $17.50 per serving for halibut tacos.
 
Media Contact:
Dan Oberlatz, Adventure Appetites
Email: dan@adventureappetites.com
Phone: 907-301-9997
Facebook: AdventureAppetites
URL: www.adventureappetites.com
 

4. Springtime in Kodiak means festivals on the horizon
Residents of Kodiak Island celebrate spring with two well-known festivals. Springtime heats up April 19-29 for Whale Fest Kodiak, celebrating the return of gray whales to Alaska’s waters. Kodiak Island, located in the Gulf of Alaska, is privy to nearly the entire population of gray whales as they pass by the island on their migration north to the Bering, Chuchki and Beaufort seas. Now in its 17th year, the festival includes lectures, music inspired by marine mammals, environmental forums and traditional Alaska Native games. The Kodiak Crab Festival, set to launch over the Memorial Day weekend May 23-27, has been celebrating spring since 1958 with a five-day festival that includes a variety of special exhibits, local food and entertainment. The festival also features sporting events including a marathon, a race up nearby Pillar Mountain and a seafood cook off.
 
Media Contact:

Janet Buckingham, Kodiak Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
Email: janet@kodiak.org
Phone: 907-486-4782
Facebook: KodiakAlaska
Twitter: @KodiakAlaska
URL: www.kodiak.org
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550 W. 7th Ave.
Suite 1770
Anchorage, AK 99501

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