Story last updated at 12/9/2009 - 11:49 am
KETCHIKAN - Ketchikan tourism officials say the nation's economic woes apparently had an effect on the local visitors industry.
Cruise passenger numbers dropped by about .5 percent from 941,910 in 2008 to 937,419 passengers in 2009.
The Ketchikan Visitors Bureau says air visitors declined by an estimated 13 percent to about 50,835 in May through September.
Hotel stays were down about 20 percent during the same period. Spending in restaurants also declined, as did purchases in curio and jewelry stores, according to Ketchikan Gateway Borough revenue figures.
It wasn't all bad news. Excellent weather over the summer is credited for an increase in the number of visitors taking tour excursions.