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In this March Alaska Travel News Bulletin you will find:
Social Media Spotlight
 
March is full of exciting winter events across the state, including the 2014 Arctic Winter Games, the BP World Ice Art Championships and the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, to name just a few. Follow these events on social media for updates!
 
2014 Arctic Winter Games
Facebook: Arctic Winter Games
Twitter: @awg2014
Instagram: @awg2014
URL: AWG2014.org
 
BP World Ice Art Championships
Facebook: Ice Alaska
Twitter: @icealaska
URL: IceAlaska.com
 
Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
Facebook: Iditarod Trail Committee
Twitter: @iditarodinsider
Instagram: @iditarod_race
URL: Iditarod.com
 
For more information about what’s going on statewide:
Facebook: Alaska Travel News

Twitter: @alaskatravlnews

URL: TravelAlaska.com
1. State of Alaska tourism office launches Spanish-language
travel website

 
The Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development (DCCED) has launched a Spanish language version of its official state vacation and travel information website, TravelAlaska.com. Launched on Feb. 1, TravelAlaska.mx provides increased accessibility to DCCED’s extensive online trip planning resources for Spanish-speaking travelers interested in visiting Alaska. According to the Summer 2011 Alaska Visitor Statistics Program, 6 percent of international visitors to the state originate from Mexico. The Spanish-language website complements the English, German, Japanese, Korean and Chinese language sites already offered by the state. The website will include all of the features that the current TravelAlaska.com offers, from interactive maps and suggestions of places to go to travel tips for the Last Frontier.
 
Media contact:
Contact: Jennifer Thompson, Thompson & Co. PR
Email: jennifer@thompsonpr.com
Phone: (907) 561-4488
Facebook: Alaska Travel News

Twitter: @alaskatravlnews

URL: TravelAlaska.com
2. Talkeetna Air Taxi and Alaska Nature Guides offer new
heli-hiking tour


Talkeetna Air Taxi and Alaska Nature Guides are expanding their tour offerings by partnering to bring a truly unique experience to visitors – a secluded, guided heli-hiking excursion in the Talkeetna Mountains. Guests are flown by helicopter from Talkeetna to a remote area in the Talkeetna Mountains, soaring over boreal forests and soaking up the striking views of snow-capped peaks from above the Alaska and Talkeetna Ranges. Upon landing, Alaska Nature Guides will lead a remote hike through the Alaska forest. Whether the group prefers a leisurely pace or strenuous hike, the tour is specifically tailored to fit unique interests and hiking expertise. The 3.5-hour excursion runs $399 per person and includes a snack, water, hiking gear and daypacks.
 
Media contact:
Contact: Vikki Wiewel, Talkeetna Air Taxi
Email: info@talkeetnaair.com  
Phone: (907) 733-2218
Facebook: Talkeetna Air Taxi
Twitter: @talkeetnaair
URL: TalkeetnaAirTaxi.com
Photo credit: Talkeetna Air Taxi
3. Honoring the 50th anniversary of the Good Friday Earthquake
 
March marks 50 years since the Good Friday Earthquake, a 9.2-magnitude earthquake (the largest ever recorded in North America) that shook the Prince William Sound area on March 27, 1964. The devastating earthquake caused 128 deaths, more than $300 million in property damage and years of reconstruction due to the earthquake itself and the resulting tsunami. On March 27, the Valdez Museum will unveil, “A Moving Experience,” a new exhibit dedicated to the earthquake that will feature oral histories, interactive displays and artifacts expanding on the earthquake’s impact on the community (valdezmuseum.org). The Anchorage Museum will feature “Riskland: Remembering the 1964 Earthquake,” from April 11 – Sept. 14. This exhibit will highlight historical images, video and audio of the earthquake and its aftermath (www.anchoragemuseum.org). The community of Kodiak will reflect on the earthquake in a variety of ways, including an exhibit featuring virtual stories displayed alongside photos beginning Feb. 28 at the Kodiak College, storytelling the week of March 25 at the Kodiak Library and an exhibit at the Baranov Museum beginning March 27. Kodiak’s local newspaper, the Kodiak Daily Mirror, recently produced a book on the history of the earthquake, which is available for purchase at the Baranov Museum and other places around town (www.kodiak.org).
 
Media contact:
Contact: Jennifer Thompson, Thompson & Co. PR
Email: jennifer@thompsonpr.com
Phone: (907) 561-4488
Facebook: Alaska Travel News

Twitter: @alaskatravlnews

URL: TravelAlaska.com
Photo credit: Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center
4. Alaska celebrates the return of migratory birds
 
Spring heralds the return of a multitude of migratory birds to Alaska. The community of Wrangell is home to the Stikine River Birding Festival, April 24-26, celebrating and observing the largest concentration of bald eagles in North America returning to the Stikine River to feed on hooligan. Artists and photographers will conduct classes and demonstrations throughout the festival (www.wrangell.com). Visitors to Ketchikan in April can experience the Alaska Hummingbird Festival, a celebration of the return of the Rufous hummingbirds back to the Southeast region, not to mention 100 other migratory bird species making their way back. The festival kicks off April 4 and will showcase bird-inspired art through May 31 at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, guided hikes and other birding opportunities throughout the month (www.visit-ketchikan.com). Yakutat, known for having one of the largest and southernmost breeding colonies of the Aleutian Tern, will hold the annual Yakutat Tern Festival June 5-8, recognizing more than 200 species of birds, including more than 100 nesting varieties and many rare bird species. Field trips to several bird watching locations, an art fair, local dance performances and family activitiesare  just a few of the many events at the festival (www.yakutatternfestival.org).
 
Media contact:
Contact: Jennifer Thompson, Thompson & Co. PR
Email: jennifer@thompsonpr.com
Phone: (907) 561-4488
Facebook: Alaska Travel News

Twitter: @alaskatravlnews

URL: TravelAlaska.com
Photo credit: Mike Denega
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