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August 21, 2009 4:40 AM

Alaska tourism hit hard by recession, environmental restrictions

So, why is it that tourism in Alaska is declining by double digits? Depends on who's talking. Few disagree that this year's tourism downturn is tied to the global recession. But an even bigger decline in tourism is expected next year, and for that, many of the state's tourism leaders aren't blaming the economy. They say the cruise industry — the biggest player in Alaska tourism — is sending fewer ships to Alaska next year due to the taxes and environmental restrictions approved by voters three years ago.

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