Most of the Alaska Travel Industry Association board of directors are in Kodiak for a two-day retreat. Ron Peck is the president and chief operating officer of the A-T-I-A.
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He said 21 of the 24 board members are in Kodiak, along with some staff and industry partners. He said the island has a lot of potential as a tourist destination:
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Peck says Alaska, like Hawaii, is a long-haul destination and is competing for many of the same visitors. But, he says Alaska is at a disadvantage because of how little money is spent on marketing the state as a tourist destination:
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He says the state tourism industry has been hit by the recession in the Lower 48, but in the last legislative session the ATIA was given a one-time boost in marketing funds:
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He says the funding boost for this fiscal year was about $7-million. The ATIA board will be meeting through Wednesday at the new Harbor Convention Center.