tourism

Tourists watch as one of two cubs crosses the path between groups of tourists visiting the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center in 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire file)

Opinion: No place remains special by accident

To make and keep cohesive neighborhoods, it takes planning and zoning.

 

Michael Penn / Juneau Empire file
                                A humpback whale is seen near Shelter Island in August 2011.
                                A humpback whale is seen near Shelter Island on August 3, 2011. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Stakeholders talk keeping whale watching bubble afloat

Nearly 3,000 people a day can go out whale watching during peak season.

 

Kim Metcalfe walks her dog along Basin Road on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Rezone Basin Road to lessen tourist traffic

Locals can be free of the crush of cruise ship tourism.

Kim Metcalfe walks her dog along Basin Road on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
City and Borough of Juneau Visitor Industry Task Force Chair Carole Triem and Vice Chair Craig Dahl listen to testimony Saturday, Jan. 11 during a public input task force meeting. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)

‘What we used to have’: Locals testify about need to regulate tourism

Should the city cap number of cruise ship visitors to Juneau?

City and Borough of Juneau Visitor Industry Task Force Chair Carole Triem and Vice Chair Craig Dahl listen to testimony Saturday, Jan. 11 during a public input task force meeting. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Capt. Steve White, from U.S. Coast Guard Sector Juneau, gives a presentation to the Visitor Industry Task Force in the Assembly chambers on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Capt. Steve White, from U.S. Coast Guard Sector Juneau, gives a presentation to the Visitor Industry Task Force in the Assembly chambers on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: The costs of cruise ship tourism

We should also explore ways to gather more revenue from this industry.

Four whales struck by vessels this year in Southeast

NOAA investigates vessels for possible negligence.

Eric Fullerton makes his investment pitch during the Alaska Tourism Industry Association’s version of “Shark Tank” during their annual conference, held this year at Centennial Center, Oct. 9, 2019. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
Eric Fullerton makes his investment pitch during the Alaska Tourism Industry Association’s version of “Shark Tank” during their annual conference, held this year at Centennial Center, Oct. 9, 2019. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
A helicopter tour over the Mendenhall Glacier in August 2010. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
A helicopter tour over the Mendenhall Glacier in August 2010. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Tourism in the era of middle-class acquiescence

It’s time to examine “thorny questions of ethics and values.”

Visitors from the Norwegian Bliss walk along Thane Road to downtown on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Visitors from the Norwegian Bliss walk along Thane Road to downtown on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Kim Metcalfe walks her dog along Basin Road on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Metcalfe is co-organizing a public meeting asking if cruise ship tourism is detrimental to the quality of life in the Basin Road and Thane neighborhoods. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Kim Metcalfe walks her dog along Basin Road on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Metcalfe is co-organizing a public meeting asking if cruise ship tourism is detrimental to the quality of life in the Basin Road and Thane neighborhoods. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Mike Hekkers looks at an air quality measurement device that was installed by the Department of Environmental Conservation at his downtown home on Thursday, April 18, 2019. The device, along with a number of others, will measure air quality in downtown during this summer’s cruise ship season. (Michael Penn |Juneau Empire)
Mike Hekkers looks at an air quality measurement device that was installed by the Department of Environmental Conservation at his downtown home on Thursday, April 18, 2019. The device, along with a number of others, will measure air quality in downtown during this summer’s cruise ship season. (Michael Penn |Juneau Empire)

How many tourists is too many?

Some thought 600,000 was too much.

Mendenhall Glacier master plan calls for major change

Construction not expected until 2022 at the earliest.

More tourists are coming

Tourism predicted to grow again in 2019.

Iceland tourism manager to share advice at Innovation Summit

Event also features “pitch contest” for entrepreneurs.