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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