Ketchikan cruise ship visitors up last summer

Posted: Monday, December 17, 2001

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Nearly 100,000 more cruise ship passengers visited Ketchikan last summer, but that trend could be changing due to the psychological impact of the September terrorist incidents.

More than 665,000 cruise ship passengers stopped in the city, according to the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau, up 92,000 from the summer of 2000. Altogether, there were 690,000 cruise ship passengers who stopped at Alaska ports.

But the terrorist attacks, a fear of flying and a slowdown in the U.S. economy could halt the industry's rapid growth in Southeast Alaska and the rest of the state.

About 39 percent of respondents who planned to visit Alaska next year have changed their minds, according to an initial Alaska Travel Industry Association survey.

''We are in the process of collecting data to see where we are on that trend,'' said Patti Mackey, executive director of the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau.

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