Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Assembly Committee of the Whole heard the Visitor Industry Task Force report at its meeting on Monday night
The task force was created in 2019 to explore several questions related to tourism in Juneau. This included looking at the long term plan for the waterfront, Juneau’s attractiveness as a place to visit, and how to get pubic feedback
The task force also found out whether the popular idea of a visitor cap is something that the city could do
Planning manager Alexandra Pierce says visitor caps are not really possible. "The persistent idea of a visitor cap. The idea that was floated in the public the summer before last about having a limit of say a million passengers per year and we researched this with some help from the city attorney and found that a cap was not only legally questionable but also fairly logistically impractical. However, there are other methods for limitation on the number of passengers"
She explained that the number of tourists downtown on any day can be limited via infrastructure. "One idea was that allowing a dock to be built at the Subport that could potentially prohibit the ships at anchor and limit the capacity of the harbor."