Anchorage seeks surge in visitors in December

Posted: Friday, December 13, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Meetings and conventions in Anchorage during December will bring in more than $2.5 million in economic impact, according to an estimate by the Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau.

''This is the highest estimated economic impact on record for December,'' said Bruce Bustamante, president and chief executive. ''Typically December is a little slower meeting month due to the winter holiday season but not this year.''

Two large state meetings took place in December. The Bureau of Indians Affairs brought about 1,500 delegates to Anchorage and the First Alaskans Institute's second annual Alaska Native education summit drew about 1,200 participants, the visitors bureau said.

Several smaller state, regional and national meetings were also held, for a total of 17 meetings.

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