Juneau hits the web with photo collage to encourage tourists

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The message from the Alaska Travel Industry Association Juneau Chapter is Alaska will wait for you.

    Today was supposed to be the first day of the visitor season in Juneau.  The Carnival Spirit with 2,124 passengers on board was scheduled to arrive in Juneau this morning.

    Instead, we are in the midst of a pandemic, with no cruise ships for the foreseeable future.

    Liz Barlow, President of the Juneau Chapter said Juneau residents appeared in selfies to show their faith in the future and their support for the visitor industry, "Even though this is a huge hit to our businesses and local economy, we understand it is not time to sail right now and that we must all focus on getting beyond this health crisis."

    Barlow said when it is safe to travel, Alaska will be here.

    Cruise lines have so far canceled about 60 percent of the season or 378 voyages.

    2020 was expected to be a record year for the number of tourists coming to Juneau.

    The photo collage will be available on various forms of social media.

    "Photos were submitted by multiple people and businesses, the faces behind the businesses, mostly in southeast, who say we will wait," she added.



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