Soldotna tops tourist destination list

Posted: Saturday, March 02, 2002

Tourism dropped in every incorporated city in the Kenai Peninsula Borough except Soldotna in 2000. Homer experienced the largest loss of visitors, falling 37 percent from 1999 statistics. Seward and Kenai also had lean years, they lost 14.3 percent and 9.1 percent, respectively.

July remained the busiest month for the borough. It saw nearly double the tourists of either June or August.

Tourism on the peninsula is not limited to visitors from the Lower 48 or foreign countries. According to data compiled in 1999, six out of 10 Anchorage area adults traveled to the peninsula in 1999. Thirty-five percent came for freshwater fishing, 32 percent for ocean fishing and 21 percent for sightseeing.

Fifty-eight percent visited Soldotna and 48 percent visited the second most popular destination, Kenai.

According to data compiled by the borough's Community and Economic Development Division from area visitor centers, the total number of visitors, by month, to peninsula cities in 2000, the last year figures were available, was:


June -- 2,187

July -- 3,301

August -- 2,403


June -- 11,903

July -- 19,196

August -- 10,524


June -- 6,589

July -- 8,517

August -- 5,959


June -- 15,846

July -- 32,472

August -- 15,249

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