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NEWS CCW Staff Writer JUNEAU - The numbers aren't good. Alaska, once a confident giant in the cruise industry, is now a market facing crippling challenges. Several ships have already been pulled from Alaskan waters for the 2010 season, an action that will result in a reduction in port calls from 2009. 130 fewer port calls will be made in Juneau, 118 in Sitka, 85 in Skagway and 71 in Ketchikan. According to Bob Berto, president of Cruise Line Agencies of Alaska, that translates to $98 million in projected losses throughout the Southeast region from 2009 to 2010.

Future of tourism industry discussed at economic summit

Steve Hites of the Skagway Street Car Company speaks during the economic summit on Southeast tourism held July 24 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. The summit was organized by First Things First Alaska Foundation.
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Steve Hites of the Skagway Street Car Company speaks during the economic summit on Southeast tourism held July 24 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. The summit was organized by First Things First Alaska Foundation.
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