Destination News from Around the State
http://www.sitka.org/ Some very special places on earth seem to be forged for the curious and adventurous souls who demand diversity and grandeur in their travels. For those who venture for out-of-the-ordinary, majestic and lush places, Sitka proudly beckons. For the seekers of treasures, natural, cultural and historical, Sitka is that treasure island.
With views of island-studded waters and stately spruce forests reaching to the water’s edge, Sitka is considered Alaska’s most beautiful seaside town. Yet Sitka’s hallmark is its tenure and devotion to a culturally diverse past. In a young state whose history is filled with tales of boom towns and ghost towns, Sitka has the distinctive character of a place that has been settled for thousands of years. These ancient lands, home to the Tlingit Indians, celebrated their life and culture long before Russians or Americans walked on the rocky shores and today Tlingit living culture is deeply rooted in this small seaside city.
THE NORTHERN IDITAROD TRAIL BLAZER: Jujiro Wada was a Japanese adventurer and entrepreneur who achieved fame for his exploits in turn-of-the-20th-century Alaska and Yukon Territory. According to his own account, Wada was born on February 12, 1872, in Ehime Prefecture, Japan, to wealthy Samurai parents. Wada said that he arrived in San Francisco in late 1891, and Shanghaied on to a Whale Ship to the Alaska Arctic, where his 1st Northern adventures began.
Alaska Native Event
Alaska Native peoples bring talent, spirit, beauty and a great sense of comradery to signature events year-round. Modern Athabascan Indians from the Interior and Inupiat Eskimos of the Western Arctic Coast thrived without western amenities for hundreds of years. Cultural activities and art of all kinds are part of Alaska Native people’s daily lives. These endeavors, whether they be dancing, drumming, sporting activities or the creation of arts and crafts are all on display in authentic Alaska Native events that take place throughout the year.
Made in Alaska Value to Tourism | Newsminer: Tourists who buy Alaskan may help more than tourists who buy gemstones from Africa and T-shirts from Honduras. Made in Alaska offers credibility to the thousands of products produced by its members. The program began in 1991 as a way to promote Alaskan-made products. Today, 1,173 members feature the Made in Alaska logo in their marketing or advertising programs for their businesses located in 80 communities around the state. http://www.alaskageotourism.info/fairbanks/#mh-comments
Park Wolf Study Disputed—Opinion | Alaska Dispatch News The study claims the decline in wolves doesn’t affect tourism—really?
More than 530,000 visitors come to Denali each year, about 50,000 of whom are Alaskans. Many cite the opportunity to see wolves as one of their primary objectives for visiting the park. Denali is one of Alaska’s top tourism attractions, and is responsible for more than $500 million in economic activity each year in Alaska. The state should realize the obvious economic benefit of restoring and sustaining the wildlife viewing resource of Denali but has yet to be able to transcend its ideological zealotry to do such.